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3rd Zero Waste Europe Conference: the solution is Zero Waste

The Solution: Zero Waste conference brought together Zero Waste Europe network members, university academics, zero waste activists and municipal representatives to discuss a wide range of zero waste strategies and examples.

The event took place in Medialab Prado, a citizen laboratory of production, research and broadcasting of cultural projects that explore the forms of experimentation and collaborative learning that have emerged from digital networks. The space, provided a great backdrop to an engaging day of talks and discussions. Throughout the day Carlotta Cataldi provided live hand-drawn illustrations of depicting the conversations taking place, producing a lasting visual representation of the conference. Luke Blazejewski also took excellent photos documenting the success of the event.

The event was opened by José Antonio Díaz Lázaro, General Coordinator of the Environment Programme of Madrid City Council, who explained the importance of good waste management for a city such as Madrid. This led into the first session raising the question of ‘Zero Waste at the Local and Global Level: Utopia or Reality?’ which saw Joan Marc Simon, Zero Waste Europe Director highlight the successes and growth of the Zero Waste Municipalities Network whilst Diana Osuna from the Madrid Zero Waste Platform talked about the challenges and opportunities of organising for zero waste in and around the city.

The next session looked at the significance of the collection of organic waste to a zero waste strategy with presentations with speakers presenting progress in a variety of contexts. The case of the large city of Milan (1.3 million people) was presented by Zero Waste Europe Scientific Committee Chairman, Enzo Favoino, whilst not a ‘zero waste city’ has made major progress with separate collection of organics. Ainhoa Arrozpide Landa from Zero Zabor in the Basque country talked about the evolution of their campaign in Gipuzkoa. Other talks in the session examined the myriad of ways that organic waste can be managed at the local level, from the goats of El Boalo – Cerceda – Mataelpino municipality in Madrid to the steps being taken in Catalonia and Pontevedra. The session ended with Beatriz Martín from the Compost Network emphasising the importance of decentralised composting at a municipal level.

Session 3 was a glance into the world of repair and reuse with hearing stories from repair shop Millor que Nou in Barcelona, the social and environmental benefits repair and reuse processes and the imperative for reuse in Spanish Waste Legislation.

The fourth session of the day highlighted some of the emerging victories in Deposit Return Systems (DRS). From the exciting initiative happening in Valencia put forward by Julià Álvaro fro to the nascent schemes and progress being made in the UK and Scotland as explained by Samantha Harding of the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE). The session also looked at the bigger picture for DRS schemes and manufacturers responsibilities.

The final session for the day looked at the challenges and opportunities facing zero waste municipalities and those aspiring to joining the zero waste path. The session was opened by Gabriele Folli from the Environmental Council of Parma, Italy, where a city of 200,000 has just reached a milestone separate collection rate of 80%. The session then looked at issues faced by Madrid as they attempt to overhaul their waste management system. This was followed by stories of grassroots projects in Agro-Composting in Madrid from Franco Llobera and the Vegetable network and local composting by Raúl Urquiaga.

As the day drew to a close, the floor was opened for questions with a number of interesting contributions from the public. Joan Marc Simon then concluded the conference

VIEW THE PRESENTATIONS AND VIDEO FROM THE CONFERENCE

ORGANISERS

 

Zero Waste Europe

Zero Waste Europe was created to empower communities to rethink their relationship with resources. In a growing number of regions, local groups of individuals, businesses and city officials are taking significant steps towards eliminating waste in our society. Zero Waste Europe engages these groups at two levels: Supporting local groups with independent knowledge and streamlined tools to drive change more efficiently, Structuring the movement internationally to better represent the interests of our communities at the EU level and engage policymakers with a unified voice. We are both a knowledge network and an advocacy group, representing active communities in countries across the EU. We want to redesign our society so that all superfluous waste is eliminated and everything that is produced can be reused, repaired, composted or recycled back into the system. Anything that can’t be repaired, composted or recycled should be re-designed and replaced or banned from entering the market.

Plataforma Aire Limpio – Residuo Cero Madrid

They are composed of a wide range of civil society organisations, from environmental NGOs to trade unions and neighbourhood associations works for the protection of the environment in the Community of Madrid in general and in the southeast region in particular. Over the years since 2000, this network has been a focal point of resistance to environmental damage in the area against the creation of hazardous waste projects, harmful waste facilities and plans primarily in the Southeastern region of Madrid. While these facilities are dismantled, an alternative to the current waste treatment- a Zero Waste policy is promoted that It should be implemented in all municipalities of the City of Madrid.Friends of the Earth Spain

Friends of the Earth Spain: we are a non-profit environmental NGO with the mission of promoting local and global change towards respectful society with the environment, justice and solidarity. We are a group of people who advocate social and environmental justice. We strongly believe that the center of politics must be people and the Earth. We work from the local to the global, for the construction of a socially and environmentally committed citizenship, within the framework of an active participation in the Federation of Friends of the Earth International, with more than one million members in more than 70 countries of the five continents.

Ecologists in Action


Ecologistas en Acción is a confederation of more than 300 environmental groups distributed by towns and cities. It is part of the so-called social ecologism, which understands that environmental problems have their origin in an increasingly globalized production and consumption model, from which other social problems also derive, and which must be transformed if the ecological crisis is to be avoided. To this end, it carries out awareness campaigns, public or legal denunciations against actions that damage the environment, while developing concrete and viable alternatives in each of the areas in which it carries out its activity.

Programme

10:00 - 10:30

REGISTRATION OF PARTICIPANTS

10:30 - 10.35

CONFERENCE WELCOME

Mariel Vilella

Zero Waste Europe Managing Director

Based in Manchester, UK, Mariel assists with the management and the coordination of the network activities in collaboration with GAIA members worldwide that are promoting zero waste policies and practices with special emphasis on the participation and inclusion of waste workers and communities. She leads the GAIA’s work on zero waste project guidelines for major sources of climate finance, and international energy policy with impacts on the waste sector. In 2011, she was the lead author of the report ‘The European Union’s Double Standards on Waste and Climate Policy’. Mariel has training in Sociology and Communication Studies, and has broad experience in environmental issues, publications development, and research.

10:35 - 10:45

OPENING

THE IMPORTANCE OF GOOD WASTE MANAGEMENT FOR MADRID

Nacho Murgui

Councilor for Territorial Coordination and Associations and Second Deputy Mayor of Madrid City Council.

Born in Madrid, Murgui was a member since the adolescence of the antimilitarist movement. Diligent in the neighborhood associationism, in 1991 he participated in the creation of the Seco Social Center, born of the squatting of the Youth College, the district where Murgui lives, Adelfas. In May 2007 he became president of the Regional Federation of Neighborhood Associations of Madrid (FRAVM). The Federation became a very active part of the 15-M mobilizations. Murgui resigned from the FRAVM presidency in March 2015, to take part in the Madrid primaries, in which he was elected number two. Following the municipal elections held on May 24, 2015 and the subsequent appointment as mayor of Manuela Carmena Madrid, head of the list now Madrid, Ignacio Murgui becomes Councilor for Territorial Coordination and Associations and Second Deputy Mayor of the Capital of Spain.

10:45 - 11:15

ZERO WASTE AT THE LOCAL AND GLOBAL LEVEL: UTOPIA OR REALITY?

Zero Waste Municipalities Network Progress

Joan Marc Simon

Zero Waste Europe Executive Director

Joan Marc is based in Brussels where he coordinates the work of Zero Waste Europe. He has been a leading voice for Zero Waste in Europe since 2007, dramatically increasing the visibility and policy impact of Zero Waste efforts in this time. He is a regular keynote speaker in many industry and NGO meetings in Brussels but also at local level as well as internationally. In 2015 he has authored the Zero Waste Case Study “The Story of Contarina” and “The Story of Guipuzkoa” as well as the book “Zero Waste – How to reactivate the economy without trashing the planet”. With training in Economics and Development Cooperation, he has more than 10 years of experience working with governmental and non-governmental organisations in the field of good governance, new economics, social justice, and environment.

The Zero Waste Platform in Madrid: Challenges and Opportunities

Diana Osuna

Spokesperson for the Madrid Zero Waste Platform

Born in Madrid, Diana Osuna holds a degree in Environmental Sciences and has been working in the Natural Resources and Waste Area of Friends of the Earth since 2009 and is involved in composting issues since 2003. Environmental educator who since 2008 is spreading environmental values in general and organic orchard in particular. With broad experience in environmental issues, publications development,outstreach and research, Nowadays she participates in the development of the first Door to Door project in Madrid in Boalo-Cercerda- Mataelpino. Diana is member of the Plataforma Aire Limpio – Residuo Cero Madrid since 2015, where a wide range of civil society organisations, from environmental NGOs and neighbourhood associations, especially from the southeast of the region, struggle for a paradigm change in the current waste management of the Community of Madrid towards zero waste principles.

11:15 - 12: 00

A KEY STEP IN THE ZERO WASTE STRATEGY: COLLECTION OF ORGANIC WASTE - SESSION 1

Moderator

Alodia Pérez

Head of Natural Resources and Waste Area, Friends of the Earth Spain

Alodia holds a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science and a Master’s degree in Environmental Management. Since 2005 she has been working for Friends of the Earth (Amigos de la Tierra), where she coordinated projects on decentralized composting and campaigns on plastic bags, planned obsolescence, waste reduction and overconsumption of natural resources. Moreover, Alodia has been participating in environmental policy making at the European, national and regional level. As of today, she has been involved in the journey to zero waste for more than a decade.

The Milan Experience: Progress with the Collection of Organic Waste

Enzo Favoino

Zero Waste Europe Scientific Committee Director, researcher at the Scuola Agraria del Parco di Monza.

Enzo Favoino, Chair of the Scientific Committee, is a technical expert and researcher in the Scuola Agraria del Parco di Monza, with decades of experience in separate collection, recycling, composting and prevention. Favoino is also an expert in EU waste legislation and a valuable resource in European policy-making. He is one of the founders of the European Compost Network and coordinator of the Scientific Committee of the Zero Waste Research Centre in Italy.

The evolution of the Basque Country. Case of Gipuzkoa

Ainhoa Arrozpide Landa

Zero Zabor i.b.e (Pais Vasco - Basque Country)

Ainhoa Arrozpide, from Usurbil (Gipuzkoa), has been a member of the Zero Waste Ingurumen Babeserako Elkartea group since its creation. The beginning of her journey dates back in 2006, with the launch of a new incinerator project, which would have been a few kilometers from her house. She joined the anti-incineration group of the town and together they went beyond the protest. Together they realized they needed to offer an alternative to the incineration plan. In 2008, they traveled to Catalonia together with a delegation from Gipuzkoa to learn about the most effective systems of waste collection. She directly took part to the creation of Gipuzkoa Zero Waste (2010), which was later re-named as Zero Waste Ingurumen Babeserako Elkartea. She has become well acquainted with the changes and the evolutions at the level of fights against the incinerators and at the level of alternatives that have occurred in the recent years in the Basque Country, especially in Gipuzkoa.

Organic Waste in Catalonia’s Waste Management framework. Lessons learned

Francesc Girò

Deputy Director of the Catalan Waste Agency

Francesc Girò is an Agricultural Engineer from the ESAB (Agricultural High School of Barcelona). Between 1987 and 1992 he carried out research in the field of quality control of compost produced in composting plants in Spain. The work carried out by ESAB for more than 10 years led the school to cover an active role in the defense and promotion of selective bio-waste collection. Between 1993 and 2011 he has worked in the Catalan Waste Agency as responsible expert for the promotion of bio-waste selective collection and biological treatment (composting/anaerobic digestion) as well as for the production of quality compost. Since February 2011, he has been the Deputy Director of the Catalan Waste Agency assuming, among other responsibilities, the coordination of the new Program for Prevention and Management of Catalonia Waste and Resources PRECAT20. Since July 2016, he has been covering the role of Strategic Planning Director for the Catalan Waste Agency. He is both a founding member and Spain representative of the European Compost Network (ECN).

12:00 - 12:30

COFFEE BREAK

12:30 - 13:15

A KEY STEP IN THE ZERO WASTE STRATEGY: COLLECTION OF ORGANIC WASTE - SESSION 2

The Zero Waste Strategy in El Boalo – Cerceda – Matelpino, Municipio de Madrid

Javier de los Nietos Miguel

Mayor of for El Boalo-Cerceda-Mataelpino Municipality

Mayor-President of the City Council of El Boalo, Cerceda and Mataelpino, vice-president of ADESGAM (Association for the Development of the Sierra de Guadarrama) and member of the Board of the Sierra de Guadarrama National Park.He is biologist with Environmental Specialty by the Universidad Complutense University of Madrid and Dynamizer of Local Agroecological Initiatives of RED TERRAE.

The Decentralized Composting Experience of the Pontevedra Municipality

María Martinez Abraldes

Waste Technician at the Pontevedra Council

Maria Martìnez holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Biological Sciences from the University of Santiago de Compostela and an Executive MBS from the IE Business School in Madrid. Moreover, she holds a Master’s Degree in Ecological, Forestry and Environmental Specialization from the University of Santiago de Compostela, in collaboration with the Polytechnic of Madrid, where she has also taken an Environmental Law Course. Currently, she works as a waste expert in the Potevedra council and is a member of the Waste Working Group at FEMP. She took part in Cátedra de Ecomebes in the “ Municipalities Waste Course”. Since 2011, she has been a member of the MAPAMA Waste Coordination Commission. She has worked as waste expert at the Galician Society of the Environment (SOGAMA, S.A.) from 1992 and 2000.

The Importance of Decentralised Composting in Municipalities

Beatriz Martín,

Compost Network Spokesperson

Beatriz Martín is a biologist who has been working in domestic and community composting issues since 2002, mainly in the environmental ngo GRAMA. Since 2010 she is responsible for coordinating the technical office of the spanish state network of local authorities for home and community composting (Composta en Red).

13:15 - 14:00

THE DOUBLE R: REPAIR AND REUSE

Moderator

Laura Rubion

AERESS Director, Spanish Association of Recuperators of Social and Solidarity economics

Technical Director of AERESS (Spanish Association of Recuperators of Social and Solidarity Economy) and member of the Board of directors of RREUSE. Degree in Environmental Sciences. Autonomous University of Madrid (UAM) Youth Award for the Environment by the General Foundation of the Complutense University of Madrid. Experience in political advocacy work, both national and European, within the scope of waste management especially and in the development of environmental projects, both technical and dissemination and environmental awareness.

Beyond Recycling: The Reuse Objective in Spanish Waste Legislation

Dr. Begoña Fabrellas

Sustainable Production and Consumption General Vice Director, MAPAMA

Social and Environmental Benefits of Repair and Reuse

Jose María García Bresó

Traperos de Emmaús

Member of the Steering and Coordinating Group of the Traperos de Emaùs Navarra, a foundation of 30 different nationals with different background and personal difficulties, all engaged in fair social and economic forms of solidarity. They all work 32 hours a week for the same salary. Their central activity is collection and recovery of waste in the context of circular economy and in line with the principles of the waste hierarchy. They prioritize reuse and its adaptation to a social and fair economy.

The Citizenship Paper on the Practices of Reuse

Albert Torras

Spokesperson of Repair Shops Barcelona Millor que Nou

Expert in prevention and waste management, focusing much of his work in the Barcelona Metropolitan Area and in the university environment. In 2008 he was part of the team of the creation and constitution of the Network of Local Entities for Composting Domestic and Community-Networked. From Millor que nou program it is encouraged that the objects are not waste until they have really exhausted their useful life. They spread the different possibilities to be able to reuse objects with the repair shops, the second-hand shops and the markets and websites of exchange and buy-sell.Another way to extend the life of products is self-repair, so we offer advice and also promote the exchange of objects between individuals

14:00 - 15:00 FOOD

BUFFET

15:00 - 16:00

PACKAGING COLLECTION POLICY – A TOOL TO IMPROVE

Moderator

Miquel Roset

Retorna Executive Director “¡Doy la lata!” Video Friends of the Earth and Zero Waste Madrid Platform

Miquel Roset holds a degree in ADE and MBA and, above all, he is a mountain lover. After 20 years of career in the marketing, sales and export sector, his emotional connection with nature led him to found Retorna, where he has been the director for the past seven years. Retorna is a platform of ecologists, recycles, trade unions, consumers and families who aim to prevent 30 millions of cans and bottles from being dispersed in the Spanish environment every day. Retorna believes the best solution to avoid the environmental and economic disaster of dispersed waste in the environment is to recover the practice of container-deposit, this practice is successfully effective in 40 countries around the world. In 2013, Miquel was appointed expert in waste management by the government of the Generealitat de Catalunya.

What Responsibilities do Manufacturers Have and How do They Assume Them?

Vìctor Mitjans

Estudios de Rezero Coordinator – Foundation for Waste Prevention and Responsible Consumption

A biologist and environmentalist, since the mid-nineties he has been involved in environmental movements which operate on waste management from a transformative perspective. After working as an environmental technician, he became involved with the development of Rezero (Waste and Consumption Foundation) projects and studies. Since he joined Rezero, he has participated in the elaboration of municipal waste prevention plans, several studies on waste management and, in recent times, he specialized in extended producer responsibility. Currently, he is working as independent consultant and he is member of the European Environmental Bureau (EEB) Waste Working Group.

Effective Implementation of Return Systems: Practical Examples

Samantha Harding

Member of the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE)

Samantha Harding is Litter Programme Director at the Campaign to Protect Rural England. She has over 20 years’ experience in the not for profit sector and has developed award-winning campaigns, projects and events. She has spent the last eight years finding solutions to England’s litter problem, including being part of the campaign that led to a charge on plastic bags, as well as coordinating the call for a deposit return system in the UK.

The SDDR Initiative in the Valencian Region

Julià Álvaro

Environment and Climate Change Secretary

Juliá holds a degree in Information Sciences from the Autonomous University of Barcelona and one in Political Science from the UNED. Between 1989 and 2014 he worked for RTVV, in 1996 he was promoting his Status Drafting and between 1996 and 2002 he was member of the Channel 9 Drafting Committee. Since October 2004 he has been the spokesperson of Verds-EQUO Paìs Valencià. Currently, he is covering the role of Regional Secretary of Environment of the Valencianan government. Together with his team, they are developing a new Valencian law on environmental protection which would regulate the introduction of a deposit system.

16:00 - 17:45

MUNICIPALITIES COMMITTED TO A ZERO WASTE FUTURE: CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES

Moderator

Joan Marc Simon

Zero Waste Europe, Executive Director

Joan Marc is based in Brussels where he coordinates the work of Zero Waste Europe. He has been a leading voice for Zero Waste in Europe since 2007, dramatically increasing the visibility and policy impact of Zero Waste efforts in this time. He is a regular keynote speaker in many industry and NGO meetings in Brussels but also at local level as well as internationally. In 2015 he has authored the Zero Waste Case Study “The Story of Contarina” and “The Story of Guipuzkoa” as well as the book “Zero Waste – How to reactivate the economy without trashing the planet”. With training in Economics and Development Cooperation, he has more than 10 years of experience working with governmental and non-governmental organisations in the field of good governance, new economics, social justice, and environment.

The Innovative Zero Waste Experience in the city of Parma, Italy

Gabriele Folli

Delegate of the Environmental Council, Parma City Council

The Waste Plan in the City of Madrid

Inés Sabanés

Delegate of the Governmental Environment and Mobility Area, Madrid City Council

In 2011 Inés Sabanés left Izquiedra Unida to join the environmental political party Equo. Since 2011 she has been the spokesperson of Equo Madrid, covering the most important responsibility in the federation. After the municipal election held on May the 24th 2015, where Sabenén was presented in the lists of Now Madrid, she was elected councilor for the Environment and Mobility committee of the new mayor Manuela Carmena’s council.

The importance of the Vegetable Network and the Madrid Composting Model

Raúl Urquiaga

Madrid Network of Orchards Spokesperson

The Agro Composting Project of Madrid: A Waste Management alley

Franco Llobera

Madrid Agrocomposta Spokesperson

As a forest engineer he provides technical assistance to different organizations on issues related to rural development, public policies and food systems. Among the several organizations, he works for FEAGRA-CC.OO., for several rural development groups and for the TERRAE Agro-ecological Municipalities Network, where he is responsible for the education and planning sectors. He usually advises rural development groups (LEADER approach), giving evaluation and programming and designing innovations. Additionally, he teaches as a professor in several postgraduate courses and master’s programs. He is partner of the Bioregional Economies associations and is actively involved in the Madrid Agro-ecological Platform, which is currently developing the Madrid Agro-composting. This project focuses on the collection of the organic fraction, which is composted and used as organic fertilizer.

17:45 - 18:00

CONCLUSION

CONCLUSION

Joan Marc Simon

Zero Waste Europe, Executive Director

Joan Marc is based in Brussels where he coordinates the work of Zero Waste Europe. He has been a leading voice for Zero Waste in Europe since 2007, dramatically increasing the visibility and policy impact of Zero Waste efforts in this time. He is a regular keynote speaker in many industry and NGO meetings in Brussels but also at local level as well as internationally. In 2015 he has authored the Zero Waste Case Study “The Story of Contarina” and “The Story of Guipuzkoa” as well as the book “Zero Waste – How to reactivate the economy without trashing the planet”. With training in Economics and Development Cooperation, he has more than 10 years of experience working with governmental and non-governmental organisations in the field of good governance, new economics, social justice, and environment.

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