The story of Sălacea

Romania

The city of Sălacea, located in the north-west of Romania, not only managed to quickly rise from almost no waste recycling to 40% in 3 months but also how the community reduced their overall waste generation by 55%. Indeed, in partnership with Zero Waste Europe and Zero Waste Romania, the authorities in Sălacea began their journey towards Zero Waste by implementing:

  •  A complete door-to-door separate collection system on five streams, including biowaste
  • Engagement of local stakeholders, including principally ‘Eco Bihor,’ a regional operator for a sorting and treatment plant
  • A comprehensive four weeks education programme and a strong communication strategy to engage the community

After only 3 months the results were outstanding:

  • Total waste generated fell from 106.7 tonne to 47.93, a drop of 55%.
  • Waste that went to landfill dropped from 105 tonne (98%) to 26.3 (55%)
  • Separately collected waste rose from 1% to 61%,
  • Rates of local citizen engagement increased from 8.4% to 97%

Further questions?

Contact us if you want more information on the case study

CONTACT US

Other Best Practices

Learn from the frontrunners how a city can move towards zero waste

DISCOVER ALL

The story of Tübingen

Tübingen/Germany

The German city of Tübingen took the pioneering steps of introducing a city wide tax on single-use plastic items, which formed just one part of a wider strategy to foster reuse within the city.

START

Introduction of tax on some single-use items

NOW

15%

decrease of waste in public spaces

The Story of Milan

Milan/Italy

Milan’s case shows that successful biowaste collection schemes can be implemented in densely populated areas, allowing for reduced emissions and costs.

START

28 kgs

Biowaste collected

NOW

110kgs

Biowaste collected

europe-logo

Supported by the LIFE Programme of the European Union. This website does not necessarily reflect the views of the donors.

Get Your Free Monthly Zero Waste Updates

Subscribe to our newsletter