Zürich's Eco-friendly Waste Management System

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Case Code : BECG085
Case Length : 11 Pages
Period : 1990-2008
Pub Date : 2008
Teaching Note :Not Available
Organization : -
Industry : Public Sector
Countries : Switzerland

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“Zürich's recycling programs have been so successful that plans are being made to decommission local incinerators.”1

- UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, 1998.

“They've turned us all into recyclists. You learn to cope because it reduces waste and garbage. I mean it's clever: When they charge so much for Zuri-Sacks, you think twice putting things into the garbage.”2

- Florian Eidenbenz, a Resident of Zürich in 2005.

The (No) Waste Land

One event that grabbed the attention of sports lovers in 2008 was Euro 20083, which was held jointly by Switzerland and Austria between June 7, and June 29, 2008. The tournament was played at eight venues – four in Austria and four in Switzerland.4

Like other cities where the matches were held, Zürich also made several arrangements such as converting some areas into pedestrian zones, and setting up Fan Mile5. But there was one feature that differentiated Zürich from other cities holding the Euro 2008. In Zürich, fans were to use returnable glasses for drinking beer, and non-alcoholic beverages were to be sold in recyclable bottles.

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1] “Jurisdictional Barriers to Local Agenda 21 Implementation in Zurich, Switzerland,” www.un.org, April 1998.

2] Elizabeth Rosenthal, “Thinking Twice about Garbage,” www.iht.com, April 23, 2005.

3] It is the 13th UEFA European Football Championship, a quadrennial football tournament for European nations.

4] In Switzerland, the matches were played at Basel, Zürich, Berne, and Geneva. In Austria, the matches were played at Innsburk, Vienna, Klagenfurt, and Salzburg.

5] Fan Miles are public viewing zones set up in various cities hosting the event. At these places, large screens are set up where fans gather to cheer their teams and celebrate.


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