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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The New Waste Management System

On December 2, 1990 , the electorate of Zürich agreed to the new specifications for waste disposal service. The specifications of the ecological waste management system indicated ways by which the creation of waste could be avoided and useful materials separated out...

Implementing the New System

The new waste management system was implemented in 1991 with the project 'Zürich Recycling'that involved collection of recyclable material like bottles, broken glass, metals, used oils, etc. Around 170 user-friendly collection points were established to make it easier for people to hand over recycling materials free of charge.

By accepting recyclable material free, the Waste Department offered the people of Zürich a financial incentive and motivated them to support Zürich Recycling...

The Results

The Waste Management System was successful in changing the waste disposal method from incineration to an ecological waste management system. Over 97 percent of the population of Zürich cooperated with the new system and accepted the sack charges, as per a survey conducted in 1995. Extensive publicity was said to be one of the reasons for the high acceptance of the Züri-sack...


Exhibit I: Waste Disposal Methods - Effects on Environment

Exhibit II: Waste Management in Switzerland

Exhibit III: Garbage Disposal Methods in Some of the European Countries

Exhibit IV: Schedule of Garbage Disposal in Zürich


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