Sabadell is a city located in Catalonia (Spain), and co-capital of the Vallès Occidental County. It has 207,814 inhabitants, being the fifth biggest city of Catalonia. The city is located in a strategic position, close to the capital metropolis of Barcelona, and well-connected to main infrastructures that link the Mediterranean coast to the rest of Europe.

Sabadell pioneered the industrial revolution in Catalonia with its textile mills and became the most important wool manufacturing city in Spain. Nowadays the city is basically a commercial and industrial city without significant agricultural activities. As all Spanish city Councils governing a municipality bigger than 5,000 inhabitants, the Sabadell City Council has the competence of waste collection and recycling. These services are contracted out to a private provider who is in charge of the operations of waste collection and street cleaning, and is responsible too for the transportation and deposit of waste at the corresponding treatment plants, which are managed by a functional association of municipalities (Consorci per a la gestió dels residus del Vallès Occidental, located in Vacarisses) which Sabadell is part of.

The urban waste generation is 420.36 kg/inhabitant/year(2015) and the percentage of urban waste collected separately amounts to 30.06 %.


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

  • Information on waste flows in the city will be made available to the public on the municipal website in order to improve transparency and awareness.
  • The city will create a space for information and education about waste and its reuse. In the first stage, it will be a mobile unit with the purpose to facilitate the third action.
  • A door-to-door collection system will be implemented in order to improve the rate of waste separation. The first stage of implementation will focus on a commercial area, supported during the process by the mobile information center.

Credits: Juanma Pelaez Molina. Gabinet de Premsa, Ajuntament de Sabadell

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