Active participation in Bologna

Categories: Governance, Strategy and Planning, Legal, Economic, Waste Prevention, Reuse and preparing for reuse, EEE, Land use, Other bulky items, Other Fractions, Collaborative Economy

Organisation: Bologna Municipal Authority

Main partners:

Localisation: Bologna (IT)


Bologna Municipal Authority’s Register for Active Participation (Registro Cittadinanza Attiva del Comune di Bologna) represents an excellent example of governance structures and new legal frameworks aimed at fostering circular economy initiatives. The municipal authority has approved several circular economy projects within the framework of Bologna’s Regulations for the Care and Regeneration of Urban Public Property that was adopted by the Municipal Authority in 2014. One example is the association REUSE WITH LOVE, which is registered on the list for active participation in Bologna, with its two projects REUSE WITH LOVE and REUSE FOR GOOD.

Circular Economy in Basque country

Categories: Construction Material, Biogenic fraction, Eco Design, Governance, Strategy and Planning, Instruments, Business models, Paper, Legal, Eco Production, Eco Consumption, Metal, Economic, Glass, Material fractions, Waste Prevention, Technical and Research, Communication and Education, Reuse and preparing for reuse, Plastic, EEE, Recycling, Product Service Systems, Wood, Other bulky items, Industrial and Territorial Ecology, Other Fractions, Collaborative Economy

Organisation: 1) Basque Government’s Ministry for the Environment and Territorial Policy; 2) Ihobe (public agency of environment)

Main partners:

  • Udalsarea 21 network
  • Basque eco-design center

Localisation: Basque Country (ES)


In the case of the Basque Country, boosting the circular economy means committing to “greening” manufacturing, products, consumption and end-of-life, through public-private collaboration. Basque country has a long culture of networking and public-private collaboration and an average to high position on the “regional innovation scoreboard”.

Circular Friesland Strategy

Categories: Eco Design, Biogenic fraction, Construction Material, Governance, Strategy and Planning, Paper, Business models, Legal, Eco Production, Eco Consumption, Economic, Metal, Technical and Research, Glass, Material fractions, Waste Prevention, Energy, Communication and Education, Plastic, Reuse and preparing for reuse, Water, Recycling, EEE, Product Service Systems, Land use, Wood, Other bulky items, Biodiversity, Industrial and Territorial Ecology, Other Fractions, Collaborative Economy

Organisation: Circular Friesland Association

Main partners:

Localisation: Friesland (NL)


The Circular Friesland Association (Vereniging Circulair Friesland) was initiated by coorporations within Friesland, later drawing in the provincial municipalities as partners. There was an acceptance that future business models would have to change due to the changing state of natural resources. In Friesland the chains are short and most parties are already familiar with eachother, allowing the concept of circular economy to be absorbed in the transition that was already taking place within the area.

Watch your waste campaign in Manchester

Categories: Biogenic fraction, Legal, Metal, Glass, Waste Prevention, Reuse and preparing for reuse, Communication and Education, Wood, Other bulky items

Organisation: Recycle for Greater Manchester

Localisation: Manchester (United Kingdom)


The action took place in Manchester (and the other 8 districts) in 2011. Recycle for Greater Manchester (R4GM) proposed to develop a watch your waste week event to promote awareness of waste prevention activities in order to encourage a change in behavior by showing how small changes can make a difference without the need to change lifestyle. The watch your waste week campaign would also be a celebration event of what has been achieved to date to reduce waste across Greater Manchester.