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Porto - LIPOR

LIPOR – Intermunicipal Waste Management Service of Greater Porto – is the entity responsible for management, recovery and btreatment of municipal solid waste produced by the eight Municipalities of Espinho, Gondomar, Maia, Matosinhos, Porto, Povoa de Varzim, and Valongo Vila do Conde. The consortium covers an area of 648 sq. km, 1% of Portugal, and serves a population of circa 1,000,000 inhabitants – 10% of the county’s total. Formed as a Municipal Association in 1982, Lipor has been implementing integrated waste management, restoring, expanding and building infrastructure, complemented by awareness campaigns among the population. LIPOR promotes a high level of integration in its activity, covering the whole range of tasks and roles which are required in order to produce an effective and sustainable process of waste management, from differentiation and technical treatment to energetic valorisation to recycling, re-use and prevention. This allows LIPOR to manage a complex operational chain and to pursue a high level of differentiation of the treated waste.

This case study was analysed in 2010 as part of the Inter Municipal Cooperation in Europe study commissioned by Brazil Municipios