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 food and beverages outlets were required to sell their products with minimum packaging. Distribution of flyers or freebies was prohibited. Community campaigns against littering were initiated by Entsorgung & Recycling Zürich6.

This was not a one time attempt by the authorities in Zürich, but part of an ongoing effort to reduce and recycle waste in the city.

These efforts began in 1980s when the Social Democratic party7 in Zürich launched an ecological waste management system that focused on avoiding the creation of waste, reusing waste, and disposing of waste in an eco-friendly manner.

The system had the desired effect and it was successful in reducing waste. According to Alfred Borchard, Logistics Manager of Zürich's Waste and Recycling Bureau, “Household trash in Zürich has decreased overall by 40 percent since 1992.”8

Zürich's waste management program became popular throughout Switzerland and also in other European countries, because of its eco-friendly waste disposal methods.

Background Note

Waste management refers to the collection, transport, processing, recycling, or disposal of waste so as to reduce the effect of the waste produced by human activity on the environment. Different kinds of waste management practices are followed across the world. The practices in developing and underdeveloped nations differ markedly from those in developed countries...

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6] ERZ Entsorgung & Recycling Zürich collects and disposes of solid and liquid waste in Zürich. It had approximately 870 employees as of early 2008. (Source: www.stadt-zuerich.ch/internet/erz.html).

7] The Social Democratic Party of Switzerland is one of the leading political parties in Switzerland.

8] Elisabeth Rosenthal, “Thinking Twice about the Garbage,” www.iht.com, April 23, 2005.


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