Good and Best Practice Factsheets

Each Good Practice and Best Practice is described in an individual factsheet  (available for download in pdf format at the bottom of this page). Factsheets contain introductory information which municipalities can use to implement each practices. They were designed as a starting point to help municipalities with the implementation of potential solutions.

The front and back side of a sample backsheet. The different sections are highlighted.
The front and back side of a sample backsheet. The different sections are highlighted.

Each factsheet contains the following information:


This section provides the reader with the essential context needed to understand the research problem and its significance. The content of the background varies depending on the GP or BP so that it is truly relevant to practice explained. It can describe the state of the art of technology, collection system, or relevant information that provides a basic understanding of the problem to the municipalities.


Clear and short description of the practice. Basic instructions to let the municipality know what to do to implement the GP or BP.

Examples where the practice is already implemented

Each GP and BP has its own example(s) so that the user can visualize how it has been implemented in other municipalities/centres. As much as possible, the impacts and outcomes of these implementation have also been included. These examples include illustrative pictures and elements to facilitate the understanding of the GP and BP.

Keep in mind that

In this section municipalities can see the description of the main conditions for the application of each GP and BP, as well as potential issues that are important for the success of the implementation.

How to start?

This section includes tips to help the user with the implementation of the GP and BP. The objective of this section is to work as a starting point of the implementation of the GP and BP in the municipalities. In case of implementation, some GP and BP will need further information from professional and expert people.

Potential benefits

According to the nature of each GP and BP, the potential benefits that can be achieved with their implementation have been divided in a general way in economic, environmental and social.


The sources of the information included in the factsheet.

You can download them in pdf format below:

Operational aspects – Good practices:

Constant technological innovation in paper and board collection
Volunteer collection of paper and board
Selective collection system for graphic paper
Underground containers in higher population density areas
Compacting collection trucks

Operational aspects – Best practices:

Specific collection system adapted to the real needs
Separate collection system for paper and board
User-friendly collection containers
Container-opening systems adapted to paper and board

Policy, legislation and economic aspects – Good practices:

Cluster of municipalities
Tender for waste and recyclables collection service

Policy, legislation and economic aspects – Best practices:

Ambitious strategy and targets
Ordinance on separate paper and board collection in public institutions

Monitoring and control – Good practices:

Control measures to prevent paper theft
Optimization of collection routes
Filling level control for containers
Publication of paper collection KPIs

Monitoring and control – Best practices:

Data collection and monitoring of PfR quality parameters
Monitoring and control of the composition of residual waste and paper and board in other recyclable streams

Information and communication – Good practices

Include citizens actively in the information loop (making citizens actors)
Waste ambassadors
Website on paper and board collection and recycling
Roadshows, events and workshops
Publication of stimulating news on paper and board recycling
Competitions rewarding the best performance in collection and recycling
Educational areas on paper and board collection and recycling
Dissemination of environmental and economic benefits of paper recycling
Involvement of celebrities in awareness campaigns
Association of citizens giving direc feedback to municipalities

Information and communication – Best practices

Information on containers and bags
Selection of a comprehensive and functional communication package
Monitoring of communication campaigns
Targeted communication campaigns