Waste Prevention Good Practices

One of Pre-waste’s main goals is the data collection for at least fifty good practices on waste prevention implemented at national, regional or local level in Europe.

View detailed factsheets published so far.

All partners participate in this process, with the coordination of the IBGE. Out of these examples, twenty best practices  will be singled out by the end of the project.

The selected good practices should enable regional/local authorities to implement an effective waste prevention policy in terms of planning and implementation, while a variety of actors – public or private – may be involved in the initiation and/or implementation of the good practices.


The 105 waste prevention practices presented in the Mapping report (Oct 2010) are the result of the data collection efforts of all Pre-waste partners between April and December 2010.

As agreed at the first expert group meeting on 29 April 2010 in Ancona (Italy), this mapping focuses on municipal waste prevention practices that have been implemented in territories within EU27 and that could be transferred to other territories by local/regional authorities. Waste prevention includes strict avoidance of waste generation, qualitative and quantitative reduction at source, and reuse of products. Waste prevention does not include recycling of materials and separate waste collection.

The cases presented are examples of the combined experience and knowledge of the project partners, rather than an exhaustive list of waste prevention approaches.

As shown on the map, the collected good practices are located in 18 EU countries. The 9 countries where project partners are based are highlighted in green and the 9 additional countries covered are highlighted in blue. In the Mapping report the good practices are listed by waste fraction, type of instrument and country. 

First selection

More than 50 good practices were selected on the basis of exchanges during a partners' meeting in Roquetas de Mar (Spain) and presented in the selection report (December 2010) in Word and Excel format. 

The final selection took into account the preferences expressed - relevance to each project partner in view of potential transposition - but also aspects such as thematic and geographical diversity, data availability, innovative character, the possibility to apply indicators etc.

Further data collection & analysis

Once the top Good Practices were selected, more detailed factsheets have been completed by the partners.

These factsheets are now progressively being uploaded in the website section Detailed factsheets.

In late 2011, these good practices were assessed in the light of a series of indicators and each partner selected one of them to evaluate their transferability into its own territory.

In early 2012, some 20 Best Practices were identified in accordance with the upcoming Pre-waste web tool for monitoring waste prevention policies.