Zero waste cities of the future

How can Dutch cities lead the circular transition?

Cities, regardless of their size, occupy a key role in waste prevention due to their dual role as consumption hubs and waste generators. Furthermore, local governments typically bear the responsibility of waste management in cities. With the global trend of urbanisation on the rise, a substantial share of resources will be incredibly consumed and disposed of within urban areas. This presents cities with the opportunity to serve as breeding grounds for innovative waste prevention approaches, cultivating a culture of responsible consumption and shaping the evolution of zero-waste products and services.

But what will a municipality focused on waste prevention look like in 2030? And which instruments are at the disposal of local governments to achieve this?

Rijkswaterstaat commissioned Circle Economy to answer these questions and help a frontrunner group of municipalities to investigate how cities can be designed in a way that helps citizens reduce waste. In this study, we present insights into the influence of a municipal government on waste prevention.

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