Reused drugs in Genoa

Categories: Technical and Research, Reuse and preparing for reuse, Other Fractions

Organisation: AMIU (Azienda Multiservizi e d'Igiene Urbana) (local municipal waste management and garbage disposal agency of Genova municipality)

Main partners:

Localisation: Genoa (IT)


"The medication prolongs life” (Il farmaco allunga la vita): The Genoese Pharmacies owned by the Municipality, in collaboration with the Association Gigi Ghirotti, are engaged in the collection of unused, valid, non-heat-sensitive medicines and with undamaged packages. The material are handed over to the eight community pharmacies and used by poor patients.

Circular Economy in Basque country

Categories: Eco Design, Biogenic fraction, Governance, Strategy and Planning, Construction Material, Instruments, Paper, Eco Production, Legal, Business models, Eco Consumption, Economic, Metal, Glass, Material fractions, Technical and Research, Waste Prevention, Plastic, Communication and Education, Reuse and preparing for reuse, Recycling, EEE, Wood, Product Service Systems, 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”.

Community gardens in Utrecht

Categories: Biogenic fraction, Governance, Strategy and Planning, Eco Production, Land use, Collaborative Economy

Tags: Utrecht, community gardens

Organisation: Utrecht City

Main partners:

Localisation: Utrecht (The Netherlands)


In Utrecht in the last few years a great diversity of community gardens has emerged. These include: gardens where young children work together with elderly people, gardens where people with diverse ethnic backgrounds unite, gardens where vulnerable people with severe mental and addiction challenges can find peace and learn to participate in society again, gardens in privileged neighbourhoods as well as in poorer districts, food gardens, educational gardens as well as more creative art gardens.

Ghent Food Strategy

Categories: Governance, Strategy and Planning, Biogenic fraction, Eco Production, Eco Consumption, Waste Prevention, Communication and Education, Water

Organisation: Ghent municipality

Main partners:


Localisation: Ghent (Belgium)


The main goal of Ghent’s food policy is to lessen the negative climate impacts in every step of the food chain and increase the sustainability of the food system. After instating the project ‘Thursday Veggie-day’ [Donderdag Veggiedag], the city wanted to create a strategy that would help towards the goal in making Ghent a climate neutral city by 2050, including its food system. As a result of this commitment, Gent launched the Gent en Garde program in 2013.