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
Network and Development Coordinator, Zero Waste Cities Programme Lead
Esra joined Zero Waste Europe in April 2017. She leads on the network development of both Zero Waste Europe and the European Break Free From Plastic movement, and coordinates the Zero Waste Cities programme. 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
Network and Development Coordinator, Zero Waste Cities Programme Lead
Esra joined Zero Waste Europe in April 2017. She leads on the network development of both Zero Waste Europe and the European Break Free From Plastic movement, and coordinates the Zero Waste Cities programme. 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
Network and Development Coordinator, Zero Waste Cities Programme Lead
Esra joined Zero Waste Europe in April 2017. She leads on the network development of both Zero Waste Europe and the European Break Free From Plastic movement, and coordinates the Zero Waste Cities programme. 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
Pierre Condamine
Waste Policy Officer
With an educational background in political science and a Master in Sustainable Development, Pierre decided to dedicate his professional life to protect the environment. As he grew up near the Atlantic coast he has a special connection to nature and thus will seize every opportunity to support the ecological transition. He is then determined to make change towards a Zero Waste society happen at the European level, along with promoting citizen’s empowerment at a local level.
Pierre Condamine
Waste Policy Officer
With an educational background in political science and a Master in Sustainable Development, Pierre decided to dedicate his professional life to protect the environment. As he grew up near the Atlantic coast he has a special connection to nature and thus will seize every opportunity to support the ecological transition. He is then determined to make change towards a Zero Waste society happen at the European level, along with promoting citizen’s empowerment at a local level.
Pierre Condamine
Waste Policy Officer
With an educational background in political science and a Master in Sustainable Development, Pierre decided to dedicate his professional life to protect the environment. As he grew up near the Atlantic coast he has a special connection to nature and thus will seize every opportunity to support the ecological transition. He is then determined to make change towards a Zero Waste society happen at the European level, along with promoting citizen’s empowerment at a local level.
Team member
Project and Communications Officer
Agnese has been with Zero Waste Europe since July 2018 as Project and Communications Officer. She has a background in Art History but comes from the Advertising world where she worked as Account and Project Manager. In 2017 she decided to leave the commercial sector to use her skills for a good cause.
Project and Communications Officer
Agnese has been with Zero Waste Europe since July 2018 as Project and Communications Officer. She has a background in Art History but comes from the Advertising world where she worked as Account and Project Manager. In 2017 she decided to leave the commercial sector to use her skills for a good cause.
Project and Communications Officer
Agnese has been with Zero Waste Europe since July 2018 as Project and Communications Officer. She has a background in Art History but comes from the Advertising world where she worked as Account and Project Manager. In 2017 she decided to leave the commercial sector to use her skills for a good cause.

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.