How can we fix Europe’s broken recycling system? - Zero Waste Cities


Zero waste Live!

How can we fix Europe’s broken recycling system?

8th February 2022 · 2:00 PM (CET)

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Official data will show you that the EU’s recycling rate is steadily increasing and has been over the past decade, although still below the 2020 target of 50% for municipal solid waste. Yet these numbers, whilst seemingly showcasing general progress, are hiding the true reality of Europe’s broken recycling system.

When looking at the recycling system holistically, we can see a complex picture of various different policies connecting with one another at different governance levels, resulting in poor performance and lack of confidence in the system. This ranges from ensuring recycled content put back onto the market is free from toxic chemicals, building effective collection systems that deliver maximum quality and quantity, differing definitions of what recycling of a material is, the export of so-called recyclable material and the large volume of recyclable material that continues to be incinerated or landfilled.  

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

  • How can policy-makers create an effective framework which makes packaging safely and effectively recyclable? 
  • What future role does recycling play in a world where we should be prioritising reusable materials?
  • What is the role of local authorities in helping fix and improve our recycling system?



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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The participation to the Live! webinars is free but to help us maintain and improve this project we ask you for a small contribution to watch the recordings.



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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