Network of Historic Cities Against Plastic Waste

The "Network of Historic Cities against Plastic Waste" ( HISCAP) was established by BIO-PLASTICS EUROPE to facilitate the uptake of our project results from civil society and public authorities. The network congregates historical cities from Europe, whose aged infrastructure make them especially vulnerable to the many problems caused by plastic pollution.

The network fosters the sharing of cooperative knowledge of Best Practices and Lessons Learned among the participating cities and will address many problems plastics pose to their environment and infrastructure, with the specific purpose of pursuing the use of bio-based plastic alternatives.

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  • Alexandroupolis, Greece
  • Belfast, United Kingdom
  • Bologna, Italy
  • Braga, Portugal
  • Bucharest, Romania
  • Burgas, Bulgaria
  • Central Corfu and Diapontia Islands, Greece
  • Coimbra, Portugal
  • Dion-Olympus, Greece
  • Frederikstad, Norway
  • Fyli, Greece
  • Graz, Austria
  • Guimarães, Portugal
  • Hamburg, Germany
  • Helsinki, Finland
  • Igoumenitsa, Greece
  • Jakobstadregion, Finland
  • Katerini, Greece
  • Kastoria, Greece
  • Kea, Greece
  • Klaipėda, Lithuania
  • Linz, Austria
  • Narva, Estonia
  • Osmangazi, Turkey
  • Porto, Portugal
  • Seville, Spain
  • Skiathos, Greece
  • Tirana, Albania
  • Toulouse, France
  • Turku, Finland
  • Vilnius, Lithuania

Public sector agencies and institutions

  • Agency for Urbant Environment, Oslo, Norway
  • Department of Air pollution and Climate policy, Warsaw, Poland
  • Skyros Port Authority, Greece
  • University of Applied Sciences Utrecht, the Netherlands


HISCAP seeks to support especially historic cities and municipalities in need of real-life solutions to cope with the many problems caused by plastic waste.


The HISCAP members are committed to undertake the following actions with the BIO-PLASTIC EUROPE project partners, in order to implement appropriate sustainable solutions on local levels:

  • knowledge transfer between their administrations
  • exchange of best practices
  • capacity building.

The network also discusses and seeks to adapt innovations developed and tested by BIO-PLASTICS EUROPE in the field of bio-based and biodegradable plastics.


HISCAP's small secretariat is formed by three partners:

  • the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences (HAW), Germany,
  • the Kaunas Technical University (KTU), Lithuania and
  • the University of Bologna (UNIBO), Italy.