Bucharest is the capital and largest city of Romania, as well as its cultural, industrial, and financial centre. It is located in the southeast of the country, on the banks of the Dâmbovița River, less than 60 km north of the Danube River and the Bulgarian border.

According to the 2011 census, 1,883,425 inhabitants live within the city limits,  a decrease from the 2002 census. The urban area extends beyond the limits of Bucharest proper and has a population of about 1.9 million people.

Bucharest’s economy is mainly focused on trade and services; the services sector particularly grew in importance in recent years. The city has over 100,000 active local units (firms), including the headquarters for almost all the major companies operating in Romania.

In 2015 the per capita urban waste production represented 343 kg, of which 15% was separately collected.


During the Urban Agoras Citizens of Bucharest have agreed upon three top actions to pilot in their city:

  • The city will pilot a promotional tool for separate collection of waste generated during public events organized by the Bucharest Municipality.
  • Under a new regulation, it is also developing a waste prevention guide and integrated “zero waste” separate collection system for food industry units (e.g. restaurants, catering)
  • An awareness raising campaign on waste prevention in educational institutions will reduce waste packaging in schools by promoting sustainable consumption.

Credits: Tourism Department of Bucharest

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