Wcycle in Maribor

Categories: Governance, Strategy and Planning, Biogenic fraction, Technical and Research, Waste Prevention, Reuse and preparing for reuse, Energy, Recycling, Water, Collaborative Economy

Organisation: Wcycle Institute – circular economy cluster of local public utility companies

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Localisation: Maribor (SI)


The municipality of Maribor is involved in several actions and projects to establish a circularity of waste, recyclables, water and energy, such as the Wcycle project, creating a strategic development model for the city as an urban centre in the field of integrated management of all generated waste, surplus energy, and wastewater.

Industrial Symbiosis in Sabadell and Barberà del Vallès

Categories: Construction Material, Biogenic fraction, Paper, Metal, Technical and Research, Glass, Energy, Plastic, Water, EEE, Wood, Industrial and Territorial Ecology, Other bulky items, Other Fractions

Organisation: Barbera del Valles Municipality (Spain), Sabadell Municipality (Spain)

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Localisation: Corridor of Barberà del Vallès – Sabadell (Spain)


In order to spread industrial symbiosis concepts and its advantages to the 2,500 manufacturer companies forming part of the industrial area corridor of Barberà del Vallès – Sabadell, the two municipalities are working together to share resources and implement a common industrial symbiosis program. The main goal is to establish the basis of a new economic model based in more collaborative participation of the companies to maximize its resource efficiency.

Ghent Food Strategy

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

Organisation: Ghent municipality

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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.

Circular Friesland Strategy

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

Organisation: Circular Friesland Association

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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.