Bavaria's capital Munich wants to become a Zero Waste City. To this end, the Wuppertal Institute together with Stakeholder Reporting, rehab republic e. V. and Prognos, is developing a Zero Waste strategy on behalf of the Munich waste management company (AWM). The aim is to implement a concrete action plan with best-practices as well as new, innovative ideas for waste prevention by spring 2022. The zero-waste concept is the basis for certification as a "Zero Waste City" – an award by the European association Zero Waste Europe.
As part of the project, the project partners are conducting a status quo analysis of Munich's waste sector and existing Zero Waste measures to determine to what extent Munich already meets the requirements of a Zero Waste City. Current zero-waste measures include, for example, the flagship reuse hub "Halle 2" or Munich's reusable event ban. Subsequently, new measures will be developed participatively by and with all residents of Munich. For this purpose, workshops will be held, organised and conducted by the project team, in which citizens can actively contribute their ideas on waste avoidance and reuse. In addition, the project consortium is creating a zero-waste website through which Munich residents can also submit their ideas online on how the city can become waste-free. The ideas collected will them be prioritised and scientifically evaluated.
The evaluation is based on criteria such as the effect on waste prevention, the financial outlay, acceptance among the population, and feasibility in the state capital of Munich. Based on these ideas and the scientific evaluation, the project team proposes a catalogue of goals and measures for Munich, which is to be discussed intensively with the AWM.
In addition, scenarios will be developed that show how the waste quantities will develop if, on the one hand, the current path is continued and, on the other hand, the Zero-Waste Action Plan is consistently implemented.