Zero Waste Europe is a Brussels based NGO founded in 2013. We empower communities to rethink their relationship with resources, operating as a knowledge network and as an advocacy group. We engage at two levels:

  • Supporting local groups with independent knowledge and streamlined tools to drive change more efficiently. We currently work with active communities in 24 countries.
  • Structuring the movement internationally to better represent the interests of our communities at the EU level and engage policy makers with a unified voice.

Zero Waste Europe

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Team members

Meet the Zero Waste Cities team.
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Jack McQuibban

Head of Local Zero Waste Implementation

I head up the work we do to accelerate more zero waste solutions and strategies to be implemented at the local level. This includes being responsible for coordinating the support we offer to local municipalities and businesses across Europe, as we seek a faster, stronger transition towards zero waste in Europe. This support ranges from the creation of online tools, running workshops, connecting key actors to new financial models and providing important technical assistance to cities looking to become zero waste. We work in partnership with our network of ZWE’s members to help achieve our goals, with the work on cities spearheaded by the world’s first ever Zero Waste Cities Certification, which I helped create. I also represent Europe on the Zero Waste International Alliance Board and volunteer for the UK Green Party in my spare time.

Manon Jourdan

Implementation Officer

As an Implementation Officer, I work closely with ZWE network members, cities and partners, providing them with the technical guidance and support needed to accelerate the implementation of zero waste strategies at the local level. This includes capturing, showcasing, and disseminating best practices and methods related to waste prevention and management, reuse systems, organics collection and recovery as well as financing opportunities. A large part of my role focuses on the implementation of the LIFE BIOBEST project, which identifies, validates, and mainstreams best practices on bio-waste recycling in Europe.

Nanna Cornelsen

Communications Assistant

As a Communications Assistant, I support the implementation of all ZWE’s communication activities, including digital campaigns, newsletters, and content for social media.

Ana Oliveira

Head of Communications

I lead the Zero Waste Europe Communications Team, providing a strategic communications and promotion approach to all our activities. In addition to this, I serve as the organisation’s communications representative to our mother organisation GAIA – Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives, as well as to the Break Free From Plastic movement in Europe. I also provide strategic communications advice to the Mission Zero Academy (MiZA).


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