Prevention and management of household waste in Flanders, Belgium

The Flemish region of Flanders, Belgium has become the vanguard of waste management in Europe. It boasts the highest waste diversion rate in Europe as almost three-fourths of the residential waste produced in the region is reused, recycled, or composted. Additionally, the region has successfully managed to stabilise waste generation. 


The Sustainable Water Management Improves Tomorrow Cities Health (SWITCH) is a project carried out between 2006 and 2011 to explore cities’needs for managing water in a greener way within the urban environment. To this end, a consortium of 35 partners from 15 countries analysed the key sustainability challenges in urban water management. The project was coordinated by the UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education; Core group Pollution Prevention and Resource Recovery (Netherlands), and was funded under the Sixth Framework Programme (FP6).