Porto’s 215,000 citizens together produce over 53,000 tonnes of biowaste per year, with only 20% being recycled. Moreover, most of what is recycled is downcycled. Through its participation in CityLoops, Porto aims to develop several tools that will improve the circularity of its organic waste sector. Its main objective is to implement actions focusing on procurement, prevention and local treatment to decrease biowaste generation and introduce dedicated systems to increase separated biowaste collection. These actions should lead to the promotion of circularity in the management of organic matter in the social economy sector, the tourism sector and in residential neighbourhoods with high-rise buildings.
Reducing food waste
Within the CityLoops project, the City of Porto will undertake a series of demonstration actions aimed at reducing food waste through procurement and smart decision-making about food purchases. To do so, working with the social economy and the tourism sectors, Porto is to monitor biowaste streams, design a decision-making tool for both sectors to prevent food waste, and support hotels in providing social institutions with donated food – closing the loop locally. Porto plans to also take action to increase separated biowaste collection in residential areas.