Get inspired by the Pre-waste best practices

Get inspired by the Pre-waste best practices

From among over 100 cases identified throughout Europe, the Pre-waste partners have selected 27 best practices. From food waste prevention to repair and reuse centres, from communication campaigns to economic and legal instruments, local and regional authorities will find plenty of inspiration.

105 cases on waste prevention have been identified in 18 countries and gathered in a mapping report published in April 2011. These cases include legal and organisational measures, economic instruments, education and communication measures, as well as voluntary and participative measures. On the basis of the initial research, 51 good practice factsheets were analysed in detail. About 7-page long, each PDF factsheet presents the local context, how the action was implemented, resources used, results obtained, recommendations to improve the practice and similar actions implemented elsewhere. This second step was challenging for several reasons: first, because there was limited data on past actions if no monitoring had been implemented to follow these actions; secondly, because of the heterogeneity in content and language.

The Pre-waste partners selected 27 best practices on the basis of several criteria:

  • Targeted: the Pre-waste best practices were pre-screened by the mapping report and in the top 51 selection
  • Replicable: these practices were chosen for feasibility studies or have a detailed description allowing other public authorities to transfer them on their territory
  • Effective: the results were demonstrated by indicator data that show a positive impact/costs ratio
  • Innovative: some particularly innovative and original examples were mentioned in the list
  • Representative: the selection team ensured diversity in terms of geographic origin, waste fraction, and type of instrument.

In parallel, the Pre-waste partners have selected at least one practice that they wanted to transfer on their territory. They have, therefore, developed feasibility studies that will assess how it is possible for them to implement this action.

Take a look at Pre-waste good practices. The 27 Pre-waste best practices are listed below:


  • Love Food Hate Waste Campaign in North London, United Kingdom
  • Promotion of decentralised composting in Brussels, Belgium 
  • Halmstad schools competing to reduce food waste in canteens, Sweden 
  • Marche Food Bank ONLUS, Italy
  • Household composting, Bulgaria
  • Menu Dose Certa - Food waste reduction and certification in Portuguese restaurants 
  • EUREST services,Sweden

Packaging waste

  • Self-service Detergents in Large Retail in Piemonte, Italy
  • Ban on disposable food and drink containers at events in Munich, Germany 

Paper waste

  • “No-advertisement” sticker with legal backing in Brussels, Belgium 
  • Dematerialisation in Brussels offices, Belgium 
  • Accompanied paper waste prevention in schools in Brussels, Belgium 
  • Travelling books, France

Bulky waste

  • R.U.S.Z - Repair and Service Center, Austria 
  • Ecomoebel – Redesign of furniture, Germany 
  • Alelyckan Re-use Park in Gothenburg, Sweden
  • Clothes library, Sweden
  • Light Kids, Washable Diapers in the Municipality Crèches and Incentives for Families, Italy

General waste prevention actions

  • Let's do it with Ferda in Estonian schools 
  • Italian Ecolabel Legambiente Tourism in Marche Region, Italy 
  • Waste prevention campaign towards shopkeepers and artisans, France
  • Good waste prevention communication practices in Sofia municipality, Bulgaria
  • Calendar with hints for waste prevention, Finland
  • European Week for Waste Reduction in Europe
  • Environmental Education for the Unemployed & households, Malta
  • Brussels waste management plan with reduction targets, Belgium
  • Pay-as-you-throw (PAYT) scheme in Schweinfurt, Germany