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ORDIF conference: Waste Management in dense urban centres, 6 November 2014, Paris

Local authorities organising waste management in dense urban centres face many challenges linked to population density, lack of space and land values. First of all, the lack of available public space limits the possibility of separation at the source since it does not allow the implementation of effective solutions such as civic amenity sites.

Moreover, the size of apartments limits the efficiency of pre- collection. Vertical housing implies that inhabitants share the same waste containers, which means that one inhabitant can greatly influence the quality of sorting of several others.

Moreover, it makes it more difficult to reach inhabitants through direct communication or to apply effective and adapted Pay-As-You-Throw (PAYT) systems. Finally land values and the possible limited access of inhabitants to personal cars can limit the relevancy of civic amenity sites. 


Benchmarking generally shows that separation at the source, civic amenity sites and direct communication as well as PAYT schemes are quite effective instruments to boost recycling rates. The fact that these options are difficult to implement in dense urban areas can explain the relatively low levels of recycling. These effective instruments have to be either adapted to the constraints or replaced by other solutions.

Organised by ORDIF as a closure conference for the “Regions for Recycling” (R4R) project, this conference aims at bringing together such local authorities sharing these constraints to exchange their experiences overcoming some of these difficulties.

After 3 years of collaboration, the R4R partners have established a common method to compare local data and identified about 40 good practices for municipal waste recycling. 

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