The current global pandemic of the novel Coronavirus, COVID-19, is testing the capacity and readiness of our health systems like never before. The challenges we face here in Europe are grave and unprecedented, with a serious risk posed to citizens’ ability to access essential daily items.
The challenges and difficulties that COVID-19 poses to our society is also being felt in the implementation of the circular economy, from waste management to new business models that prevent waste in the first place. Some governments are changing the way they collect and treat waste, whilst some businesses are increasingly closing customer access to shopping that is packaging-free or with reusable containers.
This webinar will bring together waste and health experts to assess the impacts that the COVID-19 virus is having on zero waste policies and strategies in Europe. It will examine whether governments can simultaneously prioritise the health and protection of their citizens, whilst also progressing towards their local zero waste agenda. This webinar will answer some of the key questions at the moment:
The webinar will look at two specific aspects. Firstly, whether the shift back to single-use containers makes sense currently, what is the scientific evidence surrounding this topic at the moment and what are the solutions to these concerns looking forward. Secondly, the webinar will examine how the COVID-19 virus is impacting waste management in Europe, showcasing what different measures governments are implementing and whether they are coherent with the EU’s broader waste and circular economy goals, analyzing the official recommendation on separate collection issued by the European Commission.
Finally, this webinar will also look at what we can do, as citizens, businesses and municipalities, to protect each other whilst also continuing to live a zero waste lifestyle. Through the webinar, we will be able to offer advice and support for those working on these issues, utilising the collective strength and unity of the zero waste movement during this difficult time.
Unfortunately, the webinar platform we use has a maximum capacity of 100 virtual seats.
We are sorry but we won’t be able to host online everyone who has registered.
The attendance will therefore be done on a first-come, first-served basis, meaning that only the first 100 people to log-in will be able to attend the webinar.
If you don’t manage to log-in you can follow the webinar on our YouTube channel.
The recording and the speakers presentations will be available for free in the following days.
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