Waste Prevention Plan

The city council created the municipal Waste Prevention Plan 2012-2020 to move forward and establish new specific strategies that promote a more efficient and rational use of resources and boost reuse, recycling and the prevention of waste generation.

The Waste Prevention Plan 2012-2020 aims at promoting waste reduction in the city involving all stakeholders (citizens, companies, businesses, organizations, associations and administrations).

The vision is that Barcelona can progress with less waste, a more efficient use of resources and a greater internalization of environmental costs. The prevention actions of this plan work for a period of eight years. The plan is divided into two periods, depending on the type of action. It includes eight thematic strands: Organic matter; light containers; paperboard; glass; large volume waste and WEEEs, other fractions; agents and locations, training, and research participation.


will be the year when it is expected to reach 10% reduction in waste generation per capita

1.386 kg

is the daily per capita generation objective according to the plan (2018)


Getting society clearly the message of prevention and responsible consumption and strengthen prevention actions within the municipal waste management.


To incorporate habits that encourage responsible actions and intangible consumption into everyday life.


To increase the involvement, commitment and active participation of different social sectors in decisions and actions related to the prevention. To commit economic operators to advance prevention.


To promote and reactivate the possibilities for reuse and preparation for reuse.


To reduce waste generation per head 10% by 2018 (compared to the reference year, in 2006.).


To introduce new habits and attitudes in the management strategies of municipal waste.


To provide a frame of reference for the actions carried out, providing a strategic vision in the medium term (for the next eight years) and, simultaneously, establish a concrete roadmap.


To increase the degree of leadership and coordination of the City in connection with the actions for prevention.


To improve the effectiveness of the resources provided to the management and prevention of waste.


To increase the awareness and participation of the population in waste management.


To optimizeresults and effectiveness of prevention measures and reduce and/or optimize the metabolic fluxes associated with the consumption of goods and products and the generation of waste.