05 Dec '17, 11am

Cremona, Italy, makes the circular economy real for cities

On Saturday mornings, residents of Cremona, a tidy city of 72,000 crowd into a former market for fruit and vegetables in order to donate old clothes and housewares or pick up a used toy or book. Second-hand markets are nothing new, of course. But the one here, inaugurated a year ago and known as the Centro del RI -USO , is part of a much larger and very forward-looking local policy on waste management that seeks to reduce what residents throw away and increase what gets reused and recycled. Cremona has become a European test ground for new ideas to promote a "circular economy" — a concept that seeks to reduce waste and extend the useful life of resources . In the last two years alone, Cremona has increased the percentage of waste collected separately — necessary for recycling — from 53 percent to 72 percent. The city has made recycling easier by implementing door-to-door c...

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