Cremona is a 72,000 inhabitant touristic city, surrounded by agricultural land and food transformation factories with also presence of heavy industry (steel) that offers a solid ground for the holistic testing of the urban metabolism approach. Cremona is one of Italy’s leading centres for artistic production, the most distinctive of which being the violin making for which it is considered a world capital. The City is currently conducting a study in which LGH S.p.A, responsible for the municipal waste management, is also involved and that analyses the decommissioning of the urban incinerator and programming of the development of innovative systems for the recovery of materials (eg. materials factory). The City is implementing a new model for waste collection, in particular concerning the ‘door-to-door’ separate collection in the historical centre (in other parts of the city the separate waste collection is already in place), taking into account the peculiar urban structure of the historic centres of the European cities. The progressive completion of the waste collection model is scheduled between July and October 2015. The City is currently analysing the possible destinations of the collected material, interest that represent a key starting point of the current proposal. For the time being, the City is designing a Re-use centre that will be managed by social enterprises, located in a semi-central and easily accessible area. Cremona is currently deploying an awareness raising campaign for the separate waste collection that will involve all the citizens, building managers, schools, commercial operators and public authorities.

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Promoting (also through discounts at the end of the day) the recovery and donation of food surpluses and expiring products for social solidarity and waste food limitation

Promotion of initiatives and awareness-raising activities for citizens to activate the principles of a circular economy and create a community of more aware consumers able to reduce wastage and properly use resources and goods

Introduction of a fee systems that make users pay on the grounds of the real production of non-recyclable waste