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Is recycling enough?

16th March 2021 · 2:00 PM (CET)

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For any municipality, an effective separate collection kerbside system that enables high-quality materials to be recycled forms the foundation of any local zero waste strategy. For most residents, they believe that by recycling at home, they are doing their bit to help reduce waste and protect the environment. However, given the urgency of the need to address the myriad of environmental issues we face today, is recycling enough or do we need a more bold approach?

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

  • Why are so many member states not achieving the 2020 EU recycling target? Is there enough recycling capacity in Europe today to meet the demand?
  • What are the problems with recycling today? Can citizens be confident that what they put in their recycling bin actually gets recycled into a new product or materials?
  • What policies and solutions can local municipalities implement with their communities to ensure reuse over recycling?

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Delphine Lévi Alvarès

European Coordinator of the Break Free From Plastic movement

Delphine is the European coordinator of the Break Free From Plastic movement. She has been a driving force behind the development of the movement’s holistic strategy, linking to the broader global movement. She has played a central role in the foundation of the movement since its inception in 2016, uniting more than 90 European organisations under a common vision. Since 2017, Delphine is also the coordinator of the Rethink Plastic alliance, the Brussels based, policy coalition working on plastic pollution issues across the European Union, and which played a crucial role securing ambitious legislation on single-use plastics at the European level. Delphine is based out of Zero Waste Europe which leads the way in connecting the growing zero waste movement to the work of Break Free From Plastic.

Enzo Favoino

Scientific Coordinator at Zero Waste Europe

Enzo is a technical expert and researcher at the Scuola Agraria del Parco di Monza, and has decades of experience of separate waste collection, recycling, composting and prevention. Enzo 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.

Frederic Ximeno Roca

Manager of the Environment and Urban Services of the Barcelona City Council

Frederic has been working in the fields of the environment, urban planning, and climate and environmental management and planning for the past twenty-eight years. He has managed, coordinated and participated in multi-disciplinary teams to develop more than 100 environmental, urban and territorial planning projects in Catalonia, Navarre, Aragon, Balearic Islands, Valencia, El Salvador, Mexico, Peru and Paraguay. As an adviser, he has focussed his work on strategic, environmental, climate, territorial and urban planning in order to define urban, regional and national projects, programmes and strategies from the perspective of sustainability. He has been a Managing Partner of the ERF ("Estudi Ramon Folch i Associats") socio-environmental consultancy, consultant at the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), the Chief Manager of the "Environmental Policies and Sustainability” of the Government of Catalonia for four years where he promoted the architecture of climate change policies and the environmental assessment of its plans and programs, Ecology Commissioner of the Barcelona City Council between 2016 and 2019, where he is currently the Manager of the "Environment and Urban Services" agency.

Flore Berlingen

Former Executive Director of Zero Waste France

Flore Berlingen has been working on environmental issues related to the management of resources and waste since 2008. From 2013 to 2020, she was the executive director of Zero Waste France. She is the author or co-author of several books, published by the Rue de l'Echiquier Editions : The Zero Waste Scenario (2014 and 2017), Collaborative Society : the end of hierarchies (2015), Zero Waste Territories (2019) and Recycling, the big smokescreen - How circular economy has become an excuse for disposable products (2020). In this latest book, Flore warns about the limits, the pitfalls and even the dangers of an all-recycling policy, which can encourage overconsumption, through a system based on single-use products.

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.

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