Tourist cities attract visitors with their landscapes, their culinary specialities or their range of sporting and cultural activities. But while tourism boosts local economies, it also creates waste.
Tourist cities are faced with flows of people that vary with the seasons, and their populations are multiplied by the arrival of tourists. Away from home, tourists tend to change both their consumption habits, making purchases on the go, and their waste sorting, with rules changing from one place to another. Better waste management requires local authorities to respond to certain specific problems: How can infrastructure be adapted to deal with flows that vary over time? How can tourists be supported to ensure sites are kept clean and waste sorting rules are respected? How can scattered waste be captured, avoiding uncontrolled disposal in nature?
The ORDIF (the Île-de-France Region waste observatory) took part in the European URBAN-WASTE project (Urban Strategies for Waste Management in Tourist Cities), basing its work on the urban metabolism. After characterising the problems posed by tourism-related waste in 11 European cities*, the project identified and capitalised on existing best practices.
Interview with Maxime Kayadjanian, ORDIF's Europe Project Manager.