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Think and act circular: A food waste prevention strategy

Food waste is a very common problem but only a small group of people seems to notice that it happens. As the responsible for the management of urban waste, Lipor has been working on different approaches to tackle the food waste problem, recognising the negative impact that this flow of urban waste brings to the economy, society and the environment. In this presentation we’ll show you the challenges and opportunities raised by food waste, through Lipor’s strategy for food waste prevention: a strategy that puts on the same table urban farming, healthy eating and sustainable food consumption to effectively reduce the food waste produced in the Porto region.


Susana Freitas, Project Manager, LIPOR

Susana FREITAS is Project Manager at the Environmental Education and Training Unit (UEFA) of LIPOR. She holds a Master’s in Environmental Economics and Management from Porto University and a Degree in Environmental Engineering from Polytechnic Institute of Bragança. Her main activities are: the development of climate change bio-indicators; managing and implementing environmental projects regarding food waste, composting and green areas.


Become a Zero Food Waste City

FoodWIN is a European expert helping cities to go Zero Food Waste. During this workshop, you’ll learn about the city of Bruges and its internationally rewarded work on Food Waste. Then, FoodWIN will take you through their process of how cities can go Zero Food Waste. Take home a step-by-step plan to reduce Food Waste in your city.
1) Diagnose Food Waste by estimating it per sector with FoodWIN’s Food Waste calculator.
2) Co-create a Food Waste strategy with local stakeholders. Learn which organisations to involve and how to create momentum to reduce Food Waste among urban stakeholders.
3) Take action to reduce Food Waste with local stakeholders and food waste change-makers. Learn from best-practices from across Europe regarding behavioural change, preventing Food Waste in healthcare, schools and company canteens, redistributing food surplus to people in need, and supporting social innovation and entrepreneurship on Food Waste.


Jasmien Wildemeersch, co-director at FoodWIN

Jasmien holds a PhD in Bio-science Engineering at Ghent University. She is an author of multiple scientific publications and has several years of practical food waste experience.


Laggards becoming frontrunners – the case of Sardinia

Sardinia, renown for its awesome landscapes and beautiful shores, showed an impressive increase in recycling rates last few years. Many municipalities have achieved around and above 80% separate collection, while regional average is skyrocketing (now targeting 80% by 2022) in an island, and with tourism exerting a key role in local economy.
The workshop will show how local programmes and regulatory drivers made this possible, and why organics were pivotal, in Sardinia as in other places which have shown viability of separate collection in each and every situation across Europe.


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

Enzo Favoino is a technical expert and researcher at the Scuola Agraria del Parco di Monza (Italy) and has decades of experience in the separate waste collection, recycling, composting and prevention. He is an expert in EU waste legislation and is highly knowledgeable in the field of European policy-making. He is one of the founders of the European Compost Network and the coordinator of the Scientific Committee of the Zero Waste Research Centre in Italy.


Recipe for A Successful Food Surplus Donation System

“Everyone Fed” is a movement to reduce Food Waste and at the same time improve nutritional support to people in need. It is a unique Food Surplus Donation System according to the needs and capacities of Macedonia.


Blazhe Josifovski, President of “Let’s do it Macedonia”

Blazhe has been part of the organisation since its foundation in 2011. He started as a volunteer and led efforts to conduct cost-benefit analysis of waste management in Macedonia, informal Waste Pickers System Integration Analysis and coordinated the establishment of 2 pilot systems for textiles reuse. He also coordinated clean-up actions that mobilised over 40,000 citizens in the past 2 years. Prior to Ajde Makedonija, Blazhe worked for the green EU network, Cooperation and Development Network Eastern Europe in Brussels, as member of the Executive Committee. He worked on educational and civic engagement activities with youth organisations throughout Europe (special focus on Eastern Europe).


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

One of the most important tiles in a mega event sustainability mosaic is waste prevention and its management. The concept of “No more waste but resources” describes the comprehensive approach adopted during the planning, organisation and operational phase of the six months event Expo Milano 2015. This includes the selection of materials, the recovery of unsold food, the separate collection (that reached the 70% of total waste produced) and the awareness-rising of visitors, volunteers and staff.

Gloria Zavatta
, CEO at Amat and ex Sustainability Manager at Expo 2015

CEO at Amat and ex Sustainability Manager at Expo 2015, she has great experience in a wide range of projects for the sustainability of process and organisation. Specifically in the management of large scale events: candidature stage of the city of Rome for the Olympic Games 2024 (2016-17); Universal Exposition Expo Milano 2015 (2009-16) and Turin Winter Olympic Games 2006 (2002-06).

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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

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