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.