Does zero waste make economic sense for municipalities? - Zero Waste Cities


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Does zero waste make economic sense for municipalities?

8th December 2020 · 2:00 PM (CET)

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The environmental benefits of adopting a zero waste approach have been well documented and are clear for many municipalities today. However, what is less discussed is that by adopting a local zero waste approach, authorities can also cut their expenditure. This webinar will examine the various economic benefits that municipalities can achieve from transitioning to zero waste, analysing which policies can be used and tailored in different contexts to have the greatest results.

This webinar will go into greater depth to answer these key questions:

  • How can adopting a zero waste approach cut costs for a municipality?
  • Which municipalities have saved money using a zero waste approach and how have they done this?
  • What processes and policies have the biggest economic impact for a municipality? How can they be locally tailored to each municipalities’ context?

Unfortunately, the webinar platform we use has a maximum capacity of 100 virtual seats. Therefore, to watch the webinar for free, attendance on Zoom will be done a first-come, first-served basis, meaning that only the first 100 people will be able to join on Zoom. However, if you are not part of the first 100 who join at the start of the webinar, then you can still follow the webinar live on our YouTube channel.

We will ensure questions posed on our Youtube channel are still relayed to the speakers. The speakers presentations will be available for free in the following days. We are sorry for any inconvenience caused.

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Twan van Leeuwen

Consultant Energy & Environment at EGEN

Twan van Leeuwen works as an Energy & Environment consultant at PNO Consultants, and is one of PNO’s experts in Cost-Benefit Analysis (CBA), waste collection and recycling. He has been working on COLLECTORS’ financial assessments on amongst others PPW and WEEE collection and recycling, and will highlight results from the COLLECTORS case studies.

Marijana Novak

Data Strategist at Circle Economy

Speaker to be announced

Jack McQuibban

Moderator - Cities Programme Coordinator at Zero Waste Europe

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.

Why should you join?

  • Learn from frontrunners and high level experts without leaving your office
  • Understand how to design and implement successful zero waste programmes at the local level
  • Learn the stories behind the best practices
  • Be one step ahead with key conversations related to zero waste and circular economy strategies
  • Connect with like-minded local stakeholders

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A series of high level events aiming to help municipalities, waste professionals and community leaders to hear first hand experience about the best practices of Zero Waste.

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