2nd Zero Waste Europe Conference: resource-efficiency is not a utopia

The Zero Waste Conference took place on 2-4th November 2015 at the Central European University of Budapest, where international and Hungarian speakers talked about the latest trends of Zero Waste and show solutions, good practice examples, including study trips.

The purpose of the 3 days conference was to demonstrate well-functioning techniques of daily waste reduction that are applicable at international, national, municipal, institutional, communal and individual levels. Afterwards, the discussion moved on finding the answers, how to go further on the way to Zero Waste. The event received great attention, and the participants had the opportunity to learn about a number of good practices.

The conference ended with plant visits: after witnessing the waste management process at a complex waste management facility, our guests took a look at the good practices of waste reduction at Dreher Beer Factory. The latter not only sells self-produced beer exclusively in reusable packaging but maximized the recycling of other packaging materials and even uses by-products of beer manufacturing in animal feeds.

The Zero Waste principal is proven to be wanted: the conference registration had to be closed more than a week early, and even the waiting lists were long. On the three days of the event, the organization, with 20 years working for waste prevention, was able to reach more than 200 participants.

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9:00 - 9:30


9:30 - 10:00


10:00 - 10:30

Local municipalities' standpoint in moving up the waste hierarchy

Schmidt Jenő

President Association of Local Authorities

10:30 - 11:00

Zero Waste Europe Network

Joan Marc Simon

Executive Director - Zero Waste Europe

11:00 - 11:30


11:30 - 12:00

Legal dilemmas of waste management in the pratice of the ombudsman

Dr István Garaguly

Legal Policy Officer Office - Commissioner for Fundamental Rights

12:00 - 12:30

National Waste Prevention Programme of Hungary

Mariann Nemes

Development Coordination Officer - Ministry of Agriculture

12:30 - 13:00

National and European waste legislations

Dr Csaba Kiss

Lawyer - Environmental Management and Law Alliance

13;00 - 14:00


14:00 - 14:30

Actualities in waste in the EU

Piotr Barczak

Waste Policy Officer - European Environmental Bureau

14:00 - 15:00

The role of civil society in moving towards zero waste

Sylvia Graczka

President - Humusz Waste Prevention Alliance

15;00 - 15;30

Contarina. A successful and integrated waste management model

Marco Mattiello

International Relations Manager Contarina S.p.A.

15:00 - 15:45

Europe for citizens programme

Peter Fabian-Hajek

Project Officer - European Commission, EACEA

15:45 - 16:00


16:00 - 18:00


9:00 - 9:30


9:30 - 10:00

How to start a re-use center in Hungary

Balázs Dietrich

Project Coordinator - Humusz Waste Prevention Alliance

10:00 - 10:30

Actualities in waste management at municipality level

Gabriella Zagyva

Environmental Officer - Municipality of Alsónémedi

10:30 - 11:00


11:00 - 11:30

Good practice example: Zero Waste Romania Municipalities

Elena Rastei

Co-founder Zero Waste Romania

11:30 - 12:00

Introduction of the Hungarian Zero Waste Municipality Network

Sylvia Graczka

President Humusz Waste Prevention Alliance

12:00 - 13:00


13:00 - 14:30


14:40 - 15:00


15:00 - 15;30

Plenary (presentation of the results from each workshop)


Meeting at Felvonulási Square (Heroes Square) - Budapest

9:00 - 11:00

Visiting the complex waste treatment facility at Ökörtelek-völgy

11:00 - 13:00


13:00 - 15:00

Visiting the Dreher Beer Factory


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