Zamudio and Waste4Think, models of eco-design in the biannual congress

In the context of a sectorial forum about ‘Sustainable cities’, as part of the Basque Ecodesign Meeting held in Bilbao, the municipality explains the key lines of the European project in which it is involved and which has led it to the vanguard of urban waste management.

The work that is being carried out in Zamudio, as part of its implication in the Waste4Think European project, was set as an example of “Sustainable and connected cities” in the Basque Ecodesign Meeting recently held in Bilbao. Efficient management of urban waste, thanks to technology, and the involvement of citizens in reducing waste generation and in increasing reutilization and recycling rates are the key lines of this work.

Bilbao’s Palacio Euskalduna was host this year on September 19th and 20th to the biannual meeting, which programmed a special session about ‘Sustainable cities’. In the course of it, the mayor of Zamudio, Igotz López, explained the steps that, in the context of the Waste4Think project, have led the municipality to the European vanguard in waste management.

Over the last decades, the continuous growth of cities has been posing a real challenge to natural ecosystems, both local and global. Since the year 2007, according to data gathered by the United Nations, population living in cities around the world is larger than that living in urban areas, and the difference is ever growing. In Europe, more than 70% of the population resides in cities. Future challenges lie in continuing granting people’s conveniences and, at the same time, minimizing human impact on the ecosystem.

The concept of «sustainable city» is thusly born, aiming at the balance of the efficiency of all different parts of the urban ecosystem and of the environment. All this was discussed in the Ecodesign Meeting, which analysed the possible consequences on the industrial sector that will derive from the change in the economy model, as a result of the transition towards a circular scheme.