Discover - Zero Waste Cities

Definition

Zero waste is the conservation of all resources by means of responsible production, consumption, reuse and recovery of products, packaging and materials without burning, and with no discharges to land, water or air that threaten the environment or human health.

Definition of Zero Waste as adopted by the Zero Waste International Alliance (2019)

Zero Waste Hierarchy

Zero Waste Europe created a new hierarchy to change the mindset from waste management to resource management, and ensure that the value of our resources is preserved in the economy for the new generations

1

Refuse/Rethink/Redesign

Refuse what we don’t need and change the way we produce and consume by redesigning business models, goods and packaging in order to reduce resource-use and waste

2

Reduce and reuse

Minimise the quantity, toxicity and ecological footprint and any operation by which products or components that are not waste are used again for the same purpose for which they were conceived

3

Preparation for reuse

Checking, cleaning or repairing operations, by which products or components of products that have become waste are prepared so that they can be re-used without any other pre-processing

4

Recycling/composting/anaerobic digestion

High quality material recovery from separately collected waste streams

5

Material and chemical recovery

Technologies to recover materials from mixed waste into new valuable materials in an environmental sound way

6

Residuals management

What cannot be recovered from mixed waste is biologically stabilised prior to landfilling

7

Unacceptable

Options that don’t allow for material recovery, have high environmental impact and create lock in effects that threaten the transition to Zero Waste: waste to energy incineration, co-incineration, plastic to fuel, landfilling of non-stabilised waste, gasification, pyrolysis, illegal dumping, open burning and littering

Who we are?

Zero Waste Cities is the Zero Waste Europe’s Programme dedicated to help cities and communities transition towards zero waste. It brings together a European platform of knowledge for local stakeholders to implement best practices, as well as a mentoring and recognition programme for municipalities. Zero Waste Cities is run jointly by Zero Waste Europe and its member organisations.

The Programme’s aim is to accelerate the transition towards zero waste at the city level - specifically small and medium-sized municipalities - with the implementation of the latest EU legislation and zero waste strategies based on citizen-centered models, leading to a substantial decrease in waste generation and increase in separate collection and recycling.

Find out more about ZWE

National Coordinators

We have 28 members in 24 European countries and along with them we run a mentoring and recognition programme which currently brings together nearly 400 municipalities. Our network has expertise and experience covering the implementation of separate collection, reuse centres, Pay As You Throw (PAYT) collection schemes and Deposit Return Systems (DRS), with a range of specialisations in between.

National coordinator

Country

Initiative

Evelyn Rath

Austria

Zero Waste Austria

Marc Sautelet

Belgium

Zero Waste Belgium

Evgenia Tasheva

Bulgaria

Za Zemiata

Marko Košak

Croatia

Zelena akcija

Efrosyni Antoniou

Cyprus

Friends of the Earth Cyprus

Hnutí DUHA

Czech Republic

Hnutí DUHA

Zero Waste France

France

Zero Waste France

Marc Delaperriere

Germany

Zero Waste Kiel

Antigone Dalamaga

Greece

Ecological Recycling Society (Ecorec)

Rossano Ercolini

Italy

Zero Waste Italy

Laura Treimane

Latvija

Zero Waste Latvija

Domantas Tracevicius

Lithuania

Žiedinė Ekonomika

Alexandra Aubertin

Montenegro

Zero Waste Montenegro

Jim Keys

Northern Ireland

Zero Waste North West

Pawel Gluszynski

Poland

TNZ

Susana Fonseca

Portugal

ZERO

Elena Rastei

Romania

Zero Waste Romania

Jaka Kranjc

Slovenia

Ekologi brez meja

Rosa Garcia

Spain

Rezero

Dorinda Phillips

Switzerland

Zero Waste Switzerland

Anastasiia Martynenko

Ukraine

Zero Waste Alliance Ukraine

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