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Cremona, pioneer for the circular economy movement

Smart City Chirine Etezadzadeh

Closing the loop in resource management is a great challenge. Image source: Shutterstock (#460892389).

In Cremona, Italy, a forward-looking local policy on waste management was introduced that has the goal of reducing the amount of waste residents throw away, and get people to reuse and recycle more. As a testing ground for the circular economy, the city has increased the percentage of waste collected separately by about 20 percent in just two years.

Part of that success is to be credited to the implementation door-to-door collection, which makes recycling way easier. Cremona is also testing a tariff on waste that cannot be recycled, increasing collection fees with the amount of trash bags residents put in front of their houses.

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