The Municipal Waste Plan is a very important strategic instrument for the city of Lisbon, which guides the intervention priorities in this environmental area, based on the concern of cleaning the city, the quality of the service provided, the fulfillment of environmental goals and the behavioral change by city agents, both in increasing citizens’ recycling levels and in decreasing waste production with producers.

This is the first Municipal Waste Plan in the city of Lisbon, and it reinforces its positioning from a strategic and environmental point of view at a national level, since this is the first Plan under the new general waste management regime and PERSU 2020.

The objective is a Clean Lisbon, with ecologically sustainable behaviors and that promotes the reduction of its waste production.

The strategic vision for municipal urban waste management recognizes waste as a resource, with added economic value, in a context of environmental sustainability and efficient use of materials and products.

This is the ambition of a city that promotes the prevention and management of waste, centered on a circular economy and that guarantees greater efficiency in the use of natural, material and energy resources.

A vision embodied in the strong commitment of the Municipality in a Clean Lisbon and that is perceived by the community as a whole, so it will have to rely on the mobilizing impulse of the municipality, supported by the parishes, traders, associations of residents and communities and by the main partners of the Municipality – the Citizens.

Strategy for waste management in the city of Lisbon

Use of all resources, with waste management centered on a circular economy, through the reintroduction of waste in the product life cycle, focusing on reuse and recycling.

The strategy that the Municipality of Lisbon has been adopting is in line with the guiding principles of PERSU 2020, as it aims to promote integrated waste management, using appropriate processes, technologies and infrastructures, in close collaboration with various stakeholders in the waste value chain.

Waste must be managed as a resource, which allows a recovery of value and ensures the economic and social development of the country and the region, while seeking to safeguard the quality of the urban environment and human health.

This way, the waste planning and management policy is considered by the Municipality of Lisbon to be one of the fundamental pillars for the sustainable development of the city.

In the coming years, the Municipality intends to invest heavily in a support network for selective door-to-door collection, in order to meet needs and contain peaks of waste production, diversifying the offer of deposition/collection systems, particularly in the most critical areas. and often subject to unhealthy situations, namely historic neighborhoods.

The extension of the support network also involves the implementation of more waste reception sites and ecocenters, at different scales of proximity to citizens and with different valences (type of waste), aiming to promote the environmental and economic recovery of special waste and control of its hazard.

It is intended, therefore, to improve the quality of life of citizens, workers and visitors of the city, transmitting an image of Lisbon as an environmentally sustainable city in terms of urban waste.


Expansion of the network of waste reception centers

Increased recycling and quality of materials

Reduction of waste production


Investment in innovation and technological development

Promotion of synergies and collaboration networks

Strengthening the involvement of citizens

Environmental efficiency, effectiveness and sustainability