Tools for Zero Waste Cities

The Zero Waste Tools provide you with opportunities to gain direct experience and knowledge, in order to assist the implementation of zero waste plans and policies within your city.

In this section you will find plenty of tools and resources to help guide you towards future successful implementation of zero waste strategies, created and led by the experts who have been behind Europe’s transition towards zero waste so far.

Using the experiences and insights we have gained from being at the forefront of the zero waste movement in Europe for the past decade, the zero waste tools has been designed to support the work of anyone who is serious about reducing and preventing waste in their local community.

Latest Tools


Reducing food waste at the local level

Guidance for municipalities to reduce food waste through the local supply chain


Putting second-hand first to create local jobs

Guidance for municipalities to develop local re-use strategies


Creating a methodology for zero waste municipalities

A guide to help inspire and support communities to begin their journey towards zero waste


Zero Waste Cities savings calculator

This tool has been designed to help you visualise and understand the benefits that adopting zero waste policies can bring to your local area.

Other Tools


Empowering Zero Waste Cities through data

We live in a world brimming now with data about ourselves, our lifestyles and the impact this has on the […]


Should the EU ban all exports of its waste?

The 2018 ban by China on waste exports contributed to unveil the truth about European waste and its destination, as […]


What does zero waste have to do with COP26?

As our climate crisis continues to deepen, this year’s COP26 conference comes at a critically important time. For delegates attending, […]


What about periods

If there is one issue at the intersection of health, environment, and people’s empowerment it is menstruation.  Evidence of the […]


Are we entering an age of decommissioning?

In recent years, we have seen a number of developments that would suggest decision-makers recognise that waste incineration is incompatible […]


Are we getting closer to a circular economy in Europe?

In 2020, the European Commission announced the framework for its second Circular Economy Action Plan. As a result, an ambitious […]


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