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COVID-19 and zero waste

7th April 2020 · 3:00 PM (CET)

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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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Paolo Marengo

Senior Project Manager at ACR+

Paolo Marengo is a Program Manager and Senior Expert at ACR+, specialising in waste management and circular economy. He is currently involved in several projects, such as FISSAC and RE4 (H2020 programme, concerning industrial symbiosis and circular solutions in the construction value chain), LCA4Regions (InterregEurope programme, about the implementation of the life cycle approach in regional policies), REthinkWASTE (Life programme, dealing with “Pay as you throw” and “Know as you throw schemes), WES (Water and Environment Support in the ENI Southern Neighbourhood region), CRIC (EuropAid project, dealing with a cooperation between cities and research centres in Europe, South Asia, and Southeast Asia, with resiliency and adaptation to climate change in the focus). He also drafts technical reports to support ACR+ members and carries out studies for the European institutions. Paolo holds a Bachelor’ degree and a Master’s degree in environmental engineering from the Polytechnic University of Turin. Before joining ACR+, Paolo was project manager (7+ years) in a consultancy firm, specializing in waste management projects, circular economy and climate change mitigation/adaptation plans addressed to public authorities (in Italy, France, Tunisia and Palestinian Territories) and private companies. Previously, he was involved in research projects (2+ years) dealing with biogas production and a cooperation WASH project (1+ year) in Burkina Faso.

Enzo Favoino

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.

Jane Muncke

Managing Director and Chief Scientific Officer at Food Packaging Forum Foundation

Jane Muncke holds a doctorate degree in environmental toxicology and a MSc in environmental science from the ETH Zurich. Since 2012 she has been working as Managing Director and Chief Scientific Officer at the charitable Food Packaging Forum Foundation (FPF) in Zurich, Switzerland. FPF is a research and science communication organization focusing on chemicals in all types of food contact materials. Prior to this, Jane worked for Bucher Emhart Glass, a Swiss mechanical engineering company and glass packaging industry supplier. Before leaving academia, she was a scientific associate at Eawag, the Swiss Aquatic Science Institute, collaborating in various different research projects, including endocrine disruption in developing zebrafish, sustainable urban wastewater management, and removal of Arsenic from drinking water in Bangladesh. Jane has extensive experience as science communicator and presenter, and she works with scientists on live presentation skills. She is a full scientific member of the Society of Toxicology (SOT), the Society for Environmental Chemistry and Toxicology (SETAC), the American Chemical Society (ACS) and the Endocrine Society. She lives with her family in Zurich, Switzerland.

Jack McQuibban


Jack has an educational background in international relations having studied at the University of Leicester in the United Kingdom. For the past 5 years, he has worked for two different NGOs within the international development and sustainability sectors, helping to build movements and communities for change. He has led successful campaigns at the local level within the UK as well as at the global level at institutions such as the United Nations. Jack will be leading our work with municipalities, helping to connect members from across Europe to build and contribute towards the transition of cities towards zero waste strategies.

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