Lisbon has made a commitment at the end of the previous year and by signing a partnership agreement for implementation of the URBAN-WASTE project, declared its intentions to reduce waste generation.
Lisbon signed at the end of 2016, on 5 December, the partnership agreement for implementation of URBAN-WASTE funded by the European Commission that will provide the Portuguese capital with a prevention, management, collection and treatment scheme of municipal waste, especially the one coming from the tourism industry.
The aim is to implement activities that address the prevention, management, collection and treatment of urban waste in tourist cities by summer 2019. For Lisbon, the project comes at the right time for tourism in the city but also “the way the local authorities are implementing a series of measures in the city aimed at reducing waste and improving the quality of life of the capital’s inhabitants” said Duarte Cordeiro, theVice President of the Lisbon city municipality in the town hall where the signing of the Lisbon accession agreement to the consortium took place, composed of 27 partners, including local and regional authorities, research institutes and waste management associations.
Duarte Cordeiro recalled the importance of the project at various levels aimed particularly compatible tourism growth without “jeopardizing the quality of life of its citizens.”
The challenge is to develop strategies for prevention and eco-innovative management, reducing the generation of municipal waste and improving its management in cities like Lisbon, where tourism is growing development. One of the goals is to reduce by 2.5% the waste generated by tourists visiting the capital.
The Lisbon City Council has as partners the Altis Hotels, the Azad Lda, the Association of Hotels of Portugal, Lisbon Tourism and Sociedade Ponto Verde, which jointly signed the document and that “give their applauds the initiative.”