On the Path to Zero Waste Cities: The Case of Organic Waste

The conference was held on November 19th 2018 at the Bel Conference Centre in Brussels, from 13:30 to 18:00.

Organic waste is a matter of climate, environmental, social, political and economic urgency. It is one of the major elements of waste management for cities, representing an average of 40% of waste. This event aimed to provide an European overview of some exemplary initiatives in terms of prevention and separate collection of organic waste and help regions and cities in their transition to Zero Waste.

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Zero Waste Europe co-organises this conference with ACR+ and Bruxelles Environnement – Leefmilieu Brussel as part of the European Week for Waste Reduction


13:30 -14:00

Registration and coffee

14:00 - 14:10


Introduction to Brussels Environment

Barbara Dewulf

Vice-Director and head of the Information, General Coordination, Circular Economy and Sustainable City Division at Brussels Environment

Introduction to Zero Waste Europe

Esra Tat

Network and Development Coordinator at Zero Waste Europe

Introduction to ACR+

Jean-Benoit Bel

Senior Project Manager at ACR+

14:30- 15:30

Panel 1 - Hundreds of actors, hundreds of reasons: tackling household bio-waste

Pioneering players fostering action for food waste prevention and management from households

Christine Sautenet

Director at Sybert

The case of Slovenia

Janko Kramžar

Director at Snaga

The Italian case

Michele Giavini

B.Sc. Env. Sci. Senior Expert at CIC – Italian Composting and Biogas Association

Best Practices from UK

Antony Buchan

Head of Programme – Resource London, London Waste and Recycling Board

15:30 - 16:30

Food waste prevention and bio-waste management best practices in collective catering, hospitals, schools and retail

Irena Sedej

PhD, B. Sc. Food Technol., General Hospital Novo Mesto

Simon De Muynck

Urban Ecology Centre Research Coordinator and Scientific Collaborator at ULB-IGEAT

Teresa Guerrero

Head of Separate Collection Promotion at the Waste Agency of Catalonia

16:30 - 16:45


16:45 - 17:30

Workshops Five hands on experiences from across Europe

Think and act circular: A food waste prevention strategy

Susana Freitas

Project Manager, LIPOR

Become a Zero Food Waste City


Co-director at FoodWIN

Laggards becoming frontrunners – the case of Sardinia

Enzo Favoino

Scuola Agraria del Parco di Monza, Scientific Coordinator at Zero Waste Europe

Recipe for A Successful Food Surplus Donation System

Blazhe Josifovski

President of “Let’s do it Macedonia”

The sustainability puzzle of the Expo Milan 2015: focus on organic waste management

Gloria Zavatta

CEO at Amat and ex Sustainability Manager at Expo 2015

17:30 - 18:00

Conclusions from the organisers followed by a networking drink

Closing speech

Esra Tat

Network and Development Coordinator at Zero Waste Europe

Closing speech

Jean-Benoit Bel

Senior Project Manager at ACR+


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