For many years, the circular economy has been central to Grenoble's local policies. Since 2014 Grenoble has benefited from a strong commitment both by the city and the Metro Council, which operates water, waste and public transport utilities.
At the city administration, Grenoble strives to be a front runner with the public services delivered every day to its citizens:
- In the central kitchen, 11,000 meals are prepared daily for schools and nurseries with 60% of its ingredients being organic and sourced locally.
- Grenoble produces more than 300,000 flowers per year in the city's own greenhouses for parks and gardens, rather than buying twice the number from suppliers as done ten years ago. What's more, the city develops standards for organic flower growing, and shares any surplus with citizens for their balconies.
- Schools: Move from separate / recycling of waste to repair / re-use, on the scale of the Greater Grenoble. Repair-cafes hosted by the city. Set-up of a cooperative business with points-of-sale in downtown.
- Grenoble shows the way to move from separating/recycling waste to repairing/ re-using goods, for example in repair-cafés in city buildings. On the scale of the Metro-Council, an ambitious scheme has been implemented, operated by a not-for-profit public-private partnership with downtown points-of-sale