Zero Waste Cities in Europe

Since 2012, Zero Waste Europe has led and facilitated the progression of Zero Waste Cities in Europe.
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History

Where did the Zero Waste Cities Masterplan come from?

In 2007, Capannori, Italy was the first town in Europe to declare the goal of zero waste. Since then the model has spread across Europe with many more municipalities following their example. In 2012, Zero Waste Europe led by its members took on the role of developing the principles for zero waste municipalities in Europe.

With funding from the Europe for Citizens programme, during 2015 and 2016 Zero Waste Europe organised conferences in 4 European countries to structure the network and create the database of European Zero Waste Municipalities. At the end of this period the number municipalities in Europe committed to a zero waste goal was over 300. Since then Zero Waste Europe has continued to coordinate and strengthen the network of Zero Waste Cities in Europe.

Since 2012, the Zero Waste Europe network has been supporting and contributing to the transition of European cities towards zero waste strategies, providing expertise and insight into the complexities of implementing zero waste programmes. Today, Zero Waste Europe liaises with nearly 400 municipalities involved in such processes, included leading European examples.

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Thank you to our donors

We would like to personally thank all of the supporters who helped make this project possible by donating to the ‘Zero Waste Cities’ campaign fundraiser. We would also like to thank our institutional funders below.

 

Robert R. Salvo M.
Simona K. Shabnam A.
Ramona N. Jesús P.
Mirabai W. Carlotta C.
Brendan R. Franc D.
Joe W. Doris K.
Claire R. Enzo F.
Boryana H. Urve V.
Anna P. Anne M.
Nils S. Csaba K.
Penelope V. Francesco C.
Craig N. Laura C.
Sophie D. Robertina V.
Denis C. Andrej F.
Joe W. Bor M.
Joao V. Urša Z.
Piotr B. Erika O.
Janek V.  Sartori Ambiente
GWDA sp. z o. o.  Municipality Slovenske Konjice
Municipality of Parma
Zero Waste Europe gratefully acknowledges financial assistance from the European Union: Commission Directorate General (DG) Environment and the Europe for Citizens programme of the Education, Audiovisual & Culture Executive Agency, the Adessium FoundationGAIA and other donors. The sole responsibility for the content of this website lies with Zero Waste Europe. It does not necessarily reflect the opinion of the funder(s) mentioned above. The funder(s) cannot be held responsible for any use that may be made of the information contained therein.

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Meet the team

Who is working on the Zero Waste Cities Masterplan?
Team member
Esra Tat
Zero Waste Europe - Network and Development Coordinator
Esra joined Zero Waste Europe in April 2017. She takes care of the network development of both Zero Waste Europe and the European Break Free From Plastic movement. Previously, with a background on project management and environment, Esra co-directed a social enterprise promoting energy efficiency and co-housing programs in France. She spent 6 years as a development coordinator in this field, working with policy makers and the general public. Over the last 3 years, she’s worked as a sustainability project manager and a facilitator, mostly with international networks. She has developed an expertise on network development, with a specific approach of open governance and collective intelligence. Esra holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration and Management.
Esra Tat
Zero Waste Europe - Network and Development Coordinator
Esra joined Zero Waste Europe in April 2017. She takes care of the network development of both Zero Waste Europe and the European Break Free From Plastic movement. Previously, with a background on project management and environment, Esra co-directed a social enterprise promoting energy efficiency and co-housing programs in France. She spent 6 years as a development coordinator in this field, working with policy makers and the general public. Over the last 3 years, she’s worked as a sustainability project manager and a facilitator, mostly with international networks. She has developed an expertise on network development, with a specific approach of open governance and collective intelligence. Esra holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration and Management.
Esra Tat
Zero Waste Europe - Network and Development Coordinator
Esra joined Zero Waste Europe in April 2017. She takes care of the network development of both Zero Waste Europe and the European Break Free From Plastic movement. Previously, with a background on project management and environment, Esra co-directed a social enterprise promoting energy efficiency and co-housing programs in France. She spent 6 years as a development coordinator in this field, working with policy makers and the general public. Over the last 3 years, she’s worked as a sustainability project manager and a facilitator, mostly with international networks. She has developed an expertise on network development, with a specific approach of open governance and collective intelligence. Esra holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration and Management.
Team member
Ferran Rosa
Zero Waste Europe - Policy Officer
Ferran joined the team in May 2015 after several months of collaboration with Zero Waste Europe. He has previously worked for the European Commission, supporting the design of policy alternatives to current waste-related legislation, for the Green European Foundation, spreading the main ecologist ideas and proposals at the European level and for GOB Mallorca on sustainable use of land and natural resources. Ferran holds a Master in European Studies from the Université Libre de Bruxelles.
Ferran Rosa
Zero Waste Europe - Policy Officer
Ferran joined the team in May 2015 after several months of collaboration with Zero Waste Europe. He has previously worked for the European Commission, supporting the design of policy alternatives to current waste-related legislation, for the Green European Foundation, spreading the main ecologist ideas and proposals at the European level and for GOB Mallorca on sustainable use of land and natural resources. Ferran holds a Master in European Studies from the Université Libre de Bruxelles.
Ferran Rosa
Zero Waste Europe - Policy Officer
Ferran joined the team in May 2015 after several months of collaboration with Zero Waste Europe. He has previously worked for the European Commission, supporting the design of policy alternatives to current waste-related legislation, for the Green European Foundation, spreading the main ecologist ideas and proposals at the European level and for GOB Mallorca on sustainable use of land and natural resources. Ferran holds a Master in European Studies from the Université Libre de Bruxelles.
Team member
Matt Franklin
Zero Waste Europe - Communications Officer
Matt joined Zero Waste Europe in the summer of 2015 as the communication and programme officer for the organisation. His current focus is the communications for the Break Free From Plastic movement in Europe, supporting the work of the movement on the global level and the Rethink Plastic Alliance's work on European plastics policy. He works closely with Zero Waste Europe members in driving forward these movement goals, and works to support the Zero Waste Cities project as one of the major strategy pillars of Break Free From Plastic. He has a background in supporting grassroots network campaigns on workers rights and supply chains. Matt is based in the Manchester Zero Waste Europe office.
Matt Franklin
Zero Waste Europe - Communications Officer
Matt joined Zero Waste Europe in the summer of 2015 as the communication and programme officer for the organisation. His current focus is the communications for the Break Free From Plastic movement in Europe, supporting the work of the movement on the global level and the Rethink Plastic Alliance's work on European plastics policy. He works closely with Zero Waste Europe members in driving forward these movement goals, and works to support the Zero Waste Cities project as one of the major strategy pillars of Break Free From Plastic. He has a background in supporting grassroots network campaigns on workers rights and supply chains. Matt is based in the Manchester Zero Waste Europe office.
Matt Franklin
Zero Waste Europe - Communications Officer
Matt joined Zero Waste Europe in the summer of 2015 as the communication and programme officer for the organisation. His current focus is the communications for the Break Free From Plastic movement in Europe, supporting the work of the movement on the global level and the Rethink Plastic Alliance's work on European plastics policy. He works closely with Zero Waste Europe members in driving forward these movement goals, and works to support the Zero Waste Cities project as one of the major strategy pillars of Break Free From Plastic. He has a background in supporting grassroots network campaigns on workers rights and supply chains. Matt is based in the Manchester Zero Waste Europe office.

The Zero Waste Europe network

Forming the base for the Zero Waste Cities Masterplan

The local and national members of Zero Waste Europe are integral to the success of the Zero Waste Cities programme as well as the development and implementation of the Zero Waste Cities Masterplan.

The Zero Waste Europe members support the progress of the cities with their expert insights and advice on the implementation of the Zero Waste programme.

In addition to their supporting capabilities, they are responsible for monitoring the ‘Best Practice Cities’ and the ‘Cities Moving Towards Zero Waste’ in their countries. The information which they record is reported directly to Zero Waste Europe and then used to update the Zero Waste Cities website and database.