Is recycling enough? - Zero Waste Cities


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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 joined Zero Waste Europe in April 2016 and took on the role of European Coordinator for the #BreakFreeFromPlastic movement. Before joining ZWE, Delphine spent two years as Senior Advocacy Officer at Zero Waste France, promoting zero waste strategies and achievements in the French political arena and participating in the improvement of French waste policy. She started her career at Cniid in 2010 as a Campaigner on Incineration and Landfill, and played a key role in the transition of Cniid to Zero Waste France in early 2014. Delphine holds a a masters degree in European Policy and Sustainable Development engineering.

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.

Eloi Badia Casas

Councilor for Climate Emergency and Ecological Transition for Barcelona and Gracia

Eloi’s academic background is industrial engineering and has previously been a member of the Water and Sanitation Fund Advisory Committee of the Spanish Government, as well as a member of UN Habitat’s Steering Committee of the Global Water Operators Partnership Alliance. Between 2015 and 2019 he was councilor for the presidency, water and energy and for the Gràcia district of Barcelona City Council, as well as vice-president for the Environment of the Barcelona Metropolitan Area.

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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