Zero waste Live!

How to finance a zero waste city

8th March 2022 · 2:00 PM (CET)

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Many European municipalities today are aware of the need to implement more zero waste strategies and solutions, given the urgency of the environmental crisis facing us. Yet when it comes to practical implementation, often one of the biggest barriers local authorities face is accessing adequate financial resources. Whilst evidence shows how zero waste strategies can help local communities save money, investment in infrastructure and human resources is often required to help begin this transition.

From the European Union to central banks, EPR schemes and private capital, there are several sources of funding available for municipalities today. Yet each of these sources remain often opaque and inaccessible to most European municipalities. This webinar will examine the benefits and challenges each of these funding sources provide, as well as look at how municipalities have successfully secured and used these funding sources to enable their own local zero waste strategies.

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

  • What current sources of finance are available to European municipalities to help them implement zero waste strategies?
  • What kind of financing is needed and how much does typical investment in zero waste solutions cost?
  • Who are the relevant partners within the finance world that municipalities should be working with and what role should they play?


Caroline Culliere

New Financing Models Coordinator, Zero Waste Europe

Caroline has worked in various challenging environments, in different countries, on diverse topics -from public to private sectors, building businesses from scratch, always driven by the necessity to ‘act for good’. Within Zero Waste Europe, Caroline works to identify new financing models that can help further the organisation’s impact and accelerate the shift towards zero waste.

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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