Zero waste Žalec

Andrej Fidersek

[email protected]


2-5 years

Home city/town


Current location of work




Languages spoken

Slovenian (Native), English (Fluent)

Andrej graduated from Glasgow Caledonian University in 2015, with a dissertation on Zero Waste Grocery Retail. After returning home, he co-founded the organisation Zero waste Žalec, aiming to bring sustainable change on the ground. Andrej is also an urban gardener, working on aquaponics, and an independent researcher on topics such as sociology, ecology, resilience and circular economy. He is a project leader in a two-person team, which won the New European Bauhaus prize (Rising stars) for their idea, Zero waste House: Towards circular commons.

Certified Zero Waste Ambassador

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Certified Zero Waste Trainer

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Zero Waste Mentor

Are you already or will be a mentor to municipalities for the Zero Waste Cities Certification, hosted by MiZA?


Zero Waste Auditor

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Fields of Expertise



Reuse & repair initiatives

Prevention of food waste / knowledge of food systems

Single-use plastics prevention

Extended Producer Responsibility schemes

The recycling process for key waste streams (paper, plastics, metals)

Organics management and composting

Separate collection of recyclables and residual waste

Economic incentives for waste reduction (e.g. PAYT)

Engaging the community in zero waste initiatives

Residual waste disposal methods

Key waste & circular economy related EU legislation

Knowledge of specific pieces of EU legislation:

Transport Agriculture Environment and climate change Energy

Fields of Expertise



Digital Communication

Delivering / facilitating short-term workshops (1h-1 day)

Delivering / facilitating long workshops (+1 day)

Public speaking / oral communications

Advocacy & lobbying

Consulting municipalities and/or businesses

Project-based monitoring & evaluation

Other relevant qualifications / certifications?

BA (Hons) New European Bauhaus prize winner

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