The story of Munich - Zero Waste Cities


The story of Munich


The German municipality of Munich committed to going beyond recycling by investing in a zero waste strategy focused on reuse and repair.

The case study focused on the experience of Halle 2, the flagship reuse hub of Munich that sits at the heart of its circular economy strategy. By selling goods that are collected across the 12 Munich Recycling Centers and then repaired, Halle 2 extends the lifespan of useful everyday items that would otherwise have become waste. AWM, the public company that owns the reuse hub, calculates around 1,000 tonnes of items are reused or repaired at Halle 2 each year.

In July 2020, Munich’s City Council passed a resolution affirming its commitment to developing a robust circular economy and zero waste strategy.

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