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Lille, France Looks to its Citizens to Reduce its 660,00...

Lille, France Looks to its Citizens to Reduce its 660,000 tons of Annual Waste

The European Metropolitan Area of Lille (MEL) has growing concerns about waste management and is currently seeking its citizens’ help to find ways to reduce it. Today, an inhabitant of the MEL produces an average of 531 kg (1,171 lbs.) of trash per year. The goal is to reduce the production of household waste by seven

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The European Metropolitan Area of Lille (MEL) has growing concerns about waste management and is currently seeking its citizens’ help to find ways to reduce it.

Today, an inhabitant of the MEL produces an average of 531 kg (1,171 lbs.) of trash per year. The goal is to reduce the production of household waste by seven percent by the beginning of 2020.

In order to achieve that, the MEL created a project called the Local Program for the Prevention of Waste (Programme local de prevention des déchets or PLP). This program is composed of a number of actions that aim to reduce the quantity of trash and its harmful effects. These actions will involve all residents of the MEL, which is why Lille is calling its citizens to contribute their opinions and proposals for this action plan.

The MEL is in charge of the collection and treatment of household waste for its 85 communities. This translated to more than 660,000 tons of waste in 2013 alone.

National environmental laws made at Grenelle from 2009 to 2010 require the implementation of a local waste prevention program in all communities that have enough capacity.

The program must include:

  •       Goals to reduce the quantity of waste produced;
  •       Measures and actions to attain these goals.

The MEL created a local waste prevention project with its advisory board; composed of elected officials and local associations.

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This project includes thirty-one action proposals to reduce the quantity of waste (quantitative prevention) and reduce its harmful effects (qualitative reduction).

These actions are organized around six themes:

  •      Become an exemplary environmental city;
  •      Reduce food and yard waste;
  •      Commit to environmentally sound consumption;
  •      Encourage reuse, repair, and avoidance of hazardous waste;
  •      Participate in national and European emblematic actions;
  •      Develop communication and awareness tools.

Opinions and propositions are welcome via a webpage that allows citizens to consult the proposed actions and to compare them with their everyday practices. Citizen proposals will enrich this project before it is submitted to a vote to the metropolitan elected officials in October 2016.

How does your community manage its waste? Are citizen opinions taken into account? Does your city have a waste management plan focused on reduction measurements? Share your thoughts and your city's stories in the comments area below. 

Original article, originally written in French, here.

Credits: Data and images linked to sources.

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Carmen Phillips is a graduate of Oberlin College and is currently pursuing her masters in French Translation at Kent State University. Carmen spent the last year in Lyon, France teaching English to primary school children and had the opportunity to i...

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