Winterswijk is located in the East of the Netherlands and provides space for a total of 28,852 inhabitants. Three quarters of the municipal border is shared with Germany.
One of the greatest cultural attractions of the city is Villa Mondriaan, the museum based in the parental house where the world-famous artist Piet Mondriaan has spent his youth.
Winterswijk has high performances in area of Waste Management and Circular Economy. The Dutch city has a very good door-to-door collection system for recyclable and organic waste. The collection and treatment system achieves very high recycling rates. Furthermore, there is also collection of items for reuse. The city has achieved the national target for residual waste reduction.
The city of Winterswijk has demonstrated that teamwork with citizens can give good results. A number of citizen participation and awareness measures have been implemented successfully with the aim to promote waste separation and reducing littering. The awareness activities targeted residents, schools and new residents.
The European Green Leaf jury was impressed to see how the city of Winterswijk’s advanced initiatives to drive the ecological transition. Among them, the “energy tables”, joint meetings with local stakeholders from business to private that help steer the local energy transition, or a revolving fund for citizens to increase the energy efficiency of their homes.
Winterswijk’s strategy for energy neutrality by 2030 was well-presented and convincing, including sustainable investment and financing of initiatives while the renewable energy deployment across the city from 0.9% in 2012 to 12.6% in 2020 is an impressive indicator.