UrbanWINS was a three-year EU-funded project that aimed 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, during the three years of the project, we encouraged stakeholders 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 was a key aspect of UrbanWINS. Throught the lifetime of the project, we boosted discussion among stakeholders to generate ideas by brainstorming, and those involved in the process shared their solutions and took part in the co-creation of the eco-innovative plans. A total of 27 partners from 6 different countries were involved in this project.

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 studied the flows of materials and energy within them. The results obtained provided a better understanding of what is being consumed and discarded. They were 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. These discussions will continue after the project ends.

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 were a virtual space for discussion, where the project team shared its developments and outcomes, and where all stakeholders were invited to express their needs and wants. These agoras are still alive and can be used by its participants to continue exchanging information.

Get to know the Consortium Partners

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

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