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How to solve the waste trade crisis?

16th February 2021 · 11:00 AM (CET)

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The impact of waste that is generated in Europe continues to be felt in countries and communities thousands of miles away. Communities are having to deal with the effects of non-recyclable waste from Europe that is increasingly dumped or burnt. 2020 was an important year in the fight to tackle the waste trade crisis. This webinar will examine what the current policy landscape is and what is being done to tackle this problem at the local, European and global level.

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

  • What are the latest developments regarding EU law on waste shipments? What have the consequences been of this, both in Europe and abroad?
  • What does a plastic waste export ban mean? And where does it apply? When we ban waste from being exported, what should we do with it? What other measures should be taken from a circular economy perspective?
  • What, if anything, can local communities and municipalities do to prevent more waste from being illegally exported? Where does responsibility sit for tackling this issue?

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Sirine Rached

Global policy advocate for Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives (GAIA)

Sirine works as global policy advocate for the Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives (GAIA), Sirine supports robust regional and global policies and standards that combat plastics-related harms and pave the way for a just, local, and toxic-free zero-waste economy.

Mageswari Sangaralingam

Research officer with the Consumers Association of Penang and the honorary secretary of Sahabat Alam Malaysia

Mageswari is a research officer with the Consumers Association of Penang and the honorary secretary of Sahabat Alam Malaysia. She has extensive experience assisting communities affected by poor policies, destructive development projects, and pollution. She advocates for sustainable alternatives to the current policies.

Gaël de Rotalier

Policy Officer at European Commission - DG Environment

Gaël works in the European Commission where he leads the team dealing with EU policies related to waste shipments, the Basel Convention, end-of-life vehicles, ship recycling and waste from extractive industries. This role includes working with Member States, international organisations, industry and civil society on the implementation and enforcement of EU legislation related to waste, especially to address illegal shipments of waste. In his early career in the European Commission, he was in charge of the EU policy on wildlife trade, where he was spearheading the EU approach against wildlife trafficking, in close cooperation with enforcement agencies, Europol and international bodies.

Emmanuel Katrakis

Secretary General of the European Recycling Industries’ Confederation

Emmanuel is the Secretary General of the European Recycling Industries’ Confederation (EuRIC) since September 2014. Emmanuel is responsible for the continuous development of the Confederation which represents today, through its Member Federations, more than 5.500 recycling businesses across Europe processing different waste streams (household, commercial & industrial waste, WEEE, ELVs, tyres, textiles). Raising awareness about the instrumental role played by recycling in sustainable development and fostering recycling friendly policy measures are among his priorities. Emmanuel is a regular speaker in international conferences dealing with recycling and a member of different expert groups set up by European institutions aiming at supporting the transition towards a more circular economy. Emmanuel is graduated in European law from the College of Europe and the University of Paris II Pantheon-Assas.

Pierre Condamine

Moderator - Waste Policy Officer at Zero Waste Europe

With an educational background in political science and a Master in Sustainable Development, Pierre decided to dedicate his professional life to protect the environment. As he grew up near the Atlantic coast he has a special connection to nature and thus will seize every opportunity to support the ecological transition. He is then determined to make change towards a Zero Waste society happen at the European level, along with promoting citizen’s empowerment at a local level.

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