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Lisbon City Council, Portugal


Lisbon City Council is the local government of Portugal’s capital and largest city, responsible for a population of 547,631 (2011) within its administrative limits. Urban cleaning and waste collection services have always been the responsibility of the municipality, and are organised in form of a public service. An ongoing challenge is the development of a waste management system and collection sub-systems adapted to the city’s wide variety of urban areas with specific populations and socio-economic characteristics.

Lisbon waste management picture

Portugal’s legal framework on waste management has been consolidated over the last few years, transposing EU legislation into national law. The new Strategic Plan for Urban Waste (PERSU 2020) set the priorities for managing municipal waste, the actions required to implement them, the targets to be met and the disciplinary guidelines to be defined by the multi-municipal, inter-municipal and municipal action plans, until 2020. This plan includes and reviews the Urban Waste Prevention Program for 2020, by determining the national targets for waste prevention and setting out waste prevention measures and actions. At local level, Lisbon is now preparing a Municipal Plan for Waste Management, following the requirements and goals of the national strategic plan and the national Waste Services Regulation Authority.

By adopting door-to-door collection schemes, Lisbon – which received the European Green Capital Award - has become a national example and benchmark in selective and mixed waste collection. To improve its waste management, the City Council developed a database related to waste collection where citizens can leave complaints or make suggestions. The municipality’s selective collection rate of 33 per cent is, however, still far from the overall national target of 55 per cent by 2020. Incineration with energy recovery is the main treatment method; 10 per cent is landfilled, and only about 18 per cent of the total municipal solid waste is recycled or materially recovered. Through R4R, the municipality wishes to learn about other European good practices in order to improve its resource management, selective collection rate and quality of selected waste at the source.

Lisbon City Council’s Activities

Lisbon is an active ACR+ member and has participated in several European projects such as the Observatory for Municipal Waste Recycling Performances and the European Week for Waste Reduction. Moreover, the city has submitted several projects for external funding, for example Urbcom (III CSF), and implemented programmes financed by the Portuguese National Strategy Reference Framework in critical neighborhoods.

Lisbon wanted to contribute the view and perspective of Southern European countries to the R4R project, hoping to raise awareness for their reality and constraints. The City Council also shared the results of a national Portuguese cooperation, the “Guide for Urban Waste – Technical, Social and Economic Indicators”, with the project partners. In terms of communication, Lisbon City Council disseminated the outcomes of R4R nationwide, among others through a regional event for waste management stakeholders in April 2013.

Lisbon shared the following good practices with the other R4R partners and developed an implementation plan about R4R results.

Learn what competences, skills, and experience Lisbon City Council is bringing to the R4R project, and where it still sees room for improvements. 

For more information: Website of Lisbon City Council

Contact details
Lisbon City Council
Rua da Boavista, n.º 9
1200-066 Lisbon

E-mail: Victor Vieira
Telephone: +351 213 253 342


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