UrbanWINS is a three-year EU-funded project that aims at developing and testing methods for designing and implementing eco-innovative strategic plans for waste prevention and management in 8 pilot cities: Cremona, Albano Laziale, Pomezia and Torino (Italy); Leiria (Portugal); Bucharest (Romania), and Manresa & Sabadell (Spain).


The UrbanWINS team believes that waste does not exist: we see waste as a resource. By having a better understanding of how cities consume resources and generate waste, we will be able to move towards more sustainable consumption and production patterns, and promote a circular economy. Join us: we can improve the quality of life in our cities together!


Innovation is a key aspect of UrbanWINS. Discuss with other stakeholders, generate ideas by brainstorming, share your solutions and take part in the co-creation of the eco-innovative plans. Waste prevention can happen as a result of collectively built actions. A total of 27 partners from 6 different countries are involved in this project. Connect with the UrbanWINS community and start acting.

UrbanWINS: waste management and prevention

Our Approach


In-depth analysis of the urban management strategies from 24 cities in 6 EU countries – Austria, Italy, Portugal, Romania, Spain and Sweden.


Involvement of a wide range of stakeholders in the ‘urban agoras’.


Co-development and testing of strategic plans for urban waste prevention and management in 8 pilot cities.


The pilot cities

By using the urban metabolism approach – that compares cities to living organisms -, the eight pilot cities in UrbanWINS will study the flows of materials and energy within them. The results obtained will provide a better understanding of what is being consumed and discarded. They will be the basis for the discussion with a wide range of different stakeholders to set priorities, define objectives and indicators, and co-develop the Strategic Plans for Waste Prevention and Management.

Urban Agoras

The agora was a central spot in ancient Greek city-states and the literal meaning of the word is “gathering place” or “assembly”. The UrbanWINS online urban agoras will be a virtual space for discussion, where the project team will share its developments and outcomes, and where all stakeholders are invited to express their needs and wants.

Get involved

Participants of the online urban agoras are invited to express their views on how they perceive waste management and prevention in their cities, as well as their needs and wants. As a citizen, you are an important voice in your city.

Stay updated

Developments and outcomes of UrbanWINS will be shared in the online urban agoras. Join them to learn more about the insights of the project.


At a later stage, members of the online urban agoras will be encouraged to discuss the results and the findings of the project, and how they think results can be translated into actions to co-create eco-innovative strategic plans.

Get to know the Consortium Partners

A total of 27 partners from 6 different countries are involved in UrbanWINS (local authorities, research bodies & universities, companies, NGOs), under the coordination of Comune di Cremona (Italy).
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