Border / inhabitants

Pécs has depressed industrial areas and a continuous decline since the 1990’s, among the worst in Hungary. Pécs was a pioneer in brownfield revitalisation and recycling activities. Focusing on waste resources, Mecsek-Dráva Waste Management organization is based on a cooperation of municipalities in Pécs peri-urban area, in Baranya county and beyond.

Problems / key material flows

although regulations follow EU directives, implementation is inhibited by socio-cultural situations and centralized management structures. Local citizens, especially the older generations, do not recycle but burn or throw away household waste, plastic and bottles illegally.

Aim / objectives

The city aims to decrease household waste deposit and increase the recycling rate. New eco-innovative solutions should be developed to facilitate citizens’ separating household waste. Also, a more effective recycling system should be developed to increase and promote reuse and recycling of plastic and bottles.


Indicator Units Year of data
Population 156,049 Inhabitants 2015
Area 76,2 km2 2015
Population Density 2047 inh/km2 2015
GPD 6843 inh/km2 2015

Exemplary Challenge

lacking of the proper education for consumer behavior initiatives for selective collection


BIOKOM, municipality


Green City education program, later „Step Forward! Be the future of Pécs!” initiative