Aims of the project:

Tallinn is currently developing a new, innovative Circular Economy initiative, the key elements to be included are:

  • Stakeholder engagement
  • Citizen focused solutions
  • Educational and communication programmes
  • Ecosystem development
  • Employee/officials engagement
  • An Investment plan.


Expected Outcomes of the Project:

  • Build a cooperation platform for citizens
  • Support development of new Upcycling businesses
  • Maximise recycling
  • Adopt a Green Capital / Green School programme
  • Ecosystem development.


Current Circular Economy Initiatives in the City:

  • Environmental education projects including the “garbage wolf”, urban gardening, a green school and thematic events.
  • The Paljassaare Waste Station works with the Nonprofit Center for Sustainable Renovation, including the storage of items from demolished houses for reuse
  • Reuse areas at local waste stations
  • Certified compost is produced from cemetery landscaping waste. The compost has been used to set up flower beds for children and young people, urban community gardens, schools and kindergartens.
  • Tallinn Energy Agency coordinates the activities of the City of Tallinn in the field of sustainable energy and climate change and advises companies and organisations on the implementation of energy efficient solutions
  • Discussions have begun on the feasibility of biogas production from biowaste
  • Tallinn Startup Incubators – for upcycling design and tech start-ups.

Key learnings:

  • It is very important to learn from other cities/regions and to get feedback and have open discussions around the initiative
  • Private sector initiatives have been very progressive and well-known.

Project details:

Organisation: City of Tallinn.

What Stage is the Project Currently at?

The initiative is in the early stages of development, specific resources have not yet been allocated. Once developed the initiative will sit alongside the Tallinn 2021+ Development Plan.

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