Urban strategies for waste management in tourist cities

Cities with large visitor numbers face a number of challenges related to waste prevention and management. The URBAN WASTE project develops strategies aimed at reducing the amount of municipal waste production and supporting the re-use, recycle, collection and disposal of waste in tourist cities. The URBAN WASTE project adopts and applies the urban metabolism approach to support a transition to a new model of waste management in which waste is considered as resource. The project includes an analysis of urban metabolism in 11 pilot urban areas. The cities and regions participating in the project are Florence, Nice, Lisbon, Syracuse, Copenhagen, Kavala, Santander, Nicosia, Ponta Delgada, Dubrovnik-Neretva county, and Tenerife.

A participatory process is used to develop and implement a mutual learning action plan. The plan is implemented in the pilot cities and the results are monitored and disseminated to help facilitate the transfer and adaptation of the plan to other cases.


Funder: EU
Programme: H2020-EU.3.5.4 – Enabling the transition towards a green economy and society through eco-innovation
Overall budget: € 4.248.782
Grant amount: € 4.248.782
Contribution to TU Delft: € 175.820
Grant number:  690452
Role TU Delft:  Project partner
Project duration: June 2016 - May 2019
TU Delft researchers:                 Dr. Dominic Stead
Dr. Erik Louw
Dr. Arie Romein

Project partners

Gobierno de Canarias, Association des Cites et des Regions pour le Recyclage et la Gestion Durable des Ressources, Aarhus Universitet, Ayuntamiento de Santander, Universitaet fuer Bodenkultur Wien, Kobenhavns Kommune, Cabildo Insular de Tenerife, Anaptixiaki Anonimi Etairia, Diachirisis Aporrimaton Anotilikis Makedonias-Thrakis Ae - Diaamath, Kobenhavns Universitet, Comune di Siracusa, Observatoire Regional des Dechets d’Ile de France, Bioazul, Sveriges Lantbruksuniversitet, Dunea Doo za Regionalni Razvoj i Poslovne Usluge, Consulta Europa Projects and Innovation, Agence Observat Amenage Habitat Reunion, Camara Municipal de Lisboa, Universidad de las Palmas De Gran Canaria, Ambiente Italia s.r.l., Asociacion Hotelera y Extrahotelera de Tenerife La Palma La Gomera y El Hierro, Metropole Nice Cote d’Azur, Perifereia Ipeiroy, Fundo Regional Para a Ciencia e Tecnologia, Linneuniversitetet, Lefkosia Municipality, Regione Toscana


Dr. Dominic Stead

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 690452