Sustainable destinations sign pact to reduce waste
June 2019—Sustainable tourism can bring benefits but also social and environmental challenges. Waste can be a particular problem.
Waste generation is a particular challenge for local and regional authorities due to the fact that waste created by tourists largely exceeds that of residents. The significant seasonal variations in waste quantity and composition are also problematic and the same happens during sports events, for instance.
A number of cities in the European Union have signed a Charter of Commitments for Sustainable Materials Management and Circular Economy to work toward a Circular Economy, to close the loop on waste. The commitments include sharing what they learn with one another. But you don’t have to live in the EU to sign the Charter. If you live in a tourist-based town, check this out.