Problems / key material flows

Ghent has a reasonably good collection and waste processing system. However, ‘higher valued’ waste valorisation pathways are needed. Residual waste, its organic fraction and the separately collected biowaste stream represent the key material flows in the area. Practical obstacles to initiatives include parts of the city being medieval (e.g. hard to implement new sewers, source separated collection, etc.).
Additionally, lower income families are not necessarily interested in waste treatment, especially if these options raise costs.

Aim / objectives

The city aims to improve its waste management through energy-efficient renovations. Ghent also strives to decrease residual waste by another 15% and shift towards a higher VFG fraction.

Ghent + Destelbergen: 156 km² + 27 km²

Key challenges:

  • Decrease residual waste
  • Shift toward higher VFG fraction
  • Low collection efficiency due to mobility restriction in the ancient city centre
  • Increase the attitude of citizens towards separate waste collection
  • Need for ‘higher value’ waste valorisation