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12 international success stories of cities with models
that enable them to achieve a selective collection rate nearing 60%.

LARGE CITIES More than one million inhabitants

Seoul Metropolitan Government

25 M inhab. | SOUTH KOREA

A great metropolis that penalizes food waste
South Korea's capital city has implemented an organic fraction pay-as-you-throw system to reduce food waste.
Separate collection: 62 %

Hongsik Choi

Director at Resource Circulation Division of Seoul Metropolitan Government
Inseok Yoon
Manager at Resource Circulation Division of Seoul Metropolitan Government


1,4 M inhab. | GERMANY

Pay-as-you-throw and mixed-model system
Bavaria's capital city has a residual waste pay-as-you-throw system and combines door-to-door collection with waste bin collection.
Separate collection: 51 %

Günther Langer

Technical director at AWM, a state-owned waste collection company


1,3 M inhab. | ITALY

The first large city with no waste bins on the street
This Italian city with 1.5 million inhabitants collects five fractions of waste, door-to-door, in only two days per week.
Separate collection: 54 %

Cristina Fusco

Responsible for Project and Planning Services in AMSA


1,2 M inhab. | AUSTRALIA

A model in which management is at the service of communication
The Australian city combines the waste disposal colour coding following management logic: red for residuals, orange for recyclables and green for organic waste. It is a "traffic light" coding that allows for straightaway understanding by citizens.
Separate collection: 60 %

Kat Heinrich

Senior consultant at Rawtec

MEDIUM CITIES From 200,000 to one million inhabitants

San Francisco

830.000 inhab. | USA

A simple and effective model
The Californian city of San Francisco has simplified waste collection into three fractions: organic waste, residuals and recyclables. This model allows for easier understanding by citizens and optimizes the waste collection service.
Separate collection: 80 %

Soko Made

Assistant Coordinator at Department of Environment for the City of San Francisco


515.000 inhab. | BELGIUM

Pioneering implementation of intelligent underground containers
The sustainable-par-excellence Belgian city is implementing a pay-as-you-throw collection model with intelligent underground bins for residuals and packaging.
Separate collection: 54 %

Martine Corremans

General director at the department of waste management of the city of Antwerp


400.000 inhab. | Estonia

A European capital with a pay-as-you-throw system for organic and residual waste
The system combines paper and cardboard, residual, and organic waste collection in communal waste bins located in the street, with door-to-door multimaterial collection of glass, plastic and metal.
Separate collection: 53%

Kristjan Mark

Head of Waste Management Division


340.000 inhab. | UNITED KINGDOM

UK?s Core City with the best separate collection results
Door-to-door waste collection of all fractions, with the incorporation of ?dry recyclables??glass, packaging, and paper and cardboard?which optimises the service, facilitates separation at source and allows for easier understanding by citizens.
Separate collection: 59%

Bob Derbyshire

Councillor for the Environment
Tara King
Assistant Director of Environment


265.000 inhab. | Slovenia

The European capital with the best separate collection results
European Green Capital 2016. In the historic centre, waste is collected through electronic access-controlled underground bins and in the rest of the city through four-fraction, door-to-door collection.
Separate collection: 65 %

Janko Kramžar

Director at SNAGA, a state-owned waste collection company

SMALL CITIES Less than 200,000 inhabitants


190.000 inhab. | ITALY

New technologies to identify waste disposals
Door-to-door pay-as-you-throw collection system based on the number of residual waste disposals via chips installed in waste cans and bags.
Separate collection: 73 %

Gabriele Folli

Councillor for the Environment, Transportation and Green Areas of the city of Parma


70.000 inhab. | Italy

Side load waste bins with access-control
Imola (Northern Italy) is implementing a waste collection model with five side load waste bins, all with access-control except for the glass bin. Residual waste bins have volume limiters.
Separate collection: 79% minimum goal

Giovanni Sandei

Waste collection and treatment area manager


55.000 hab. | ITALY

Pioneering experience in a Mediterranean tourist city
Recent implementation of a model that combines bring sites and communal waste bins with door-to-door pay-as-you-throw collection for packaging and residuals.
Separate collection: 65 % minimum goal

Paolo Parisotto

Project manager at Amaie Energia e Servizi SRL, municipal collection company