The network of Zero Waste in Spain was launched in Catalonia in 2010. The first public event bringing together organisations, institutions, companies, municipalities and universities took place on the 4th of March 2011.
The Zero Waste strategy in Catalonia has as its precedent what it was called “Residu Mínim” (Minimal Waste) which is a protocol signed by the Agència de Residus de Catalunya, the Entitat Metropolitana de Serveis Hidràulics i Tractament de Residus, and the municipalities that currently apply the model of “Residu Mínim” which are Molins de Rei, Torrelles de Llobregat, Castellbisbal, El Papiol, Corbera de Llobregat and Santa Eulàlia de Ronçana.
The model of “residu mínim” is a model of separate collection of municipal solid waste which separates 4 waste streams:: organics, paper-cardboard, glass, plastic and inorganic fraction (packaging and rest of non-separated materials). This last residual fraction is brought to special plants which recover as much as possible from it. The new strategy of Zero Waste wants to go beyond Residu Mínim and recover much higher rates.
For more information about Zero Waste in Catalonia see this website (in Catalan).