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The best way to optimise bio-waste collection in my city

15th November 2022 · 2:00 PM (CET)

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Article 22 of the European Union’s Waste Framework Directive mandates that all EU Member States separately collect bio-waste from the 1st January 2024. It has been rightly identified as a key priority for governments, given that bio-waste makes up over a third of municipal waste in the EU and often mixed waste includes between 40-60% bio-waste. Yet there is no obligation from the EU on how to collect these materials, or advice on what the best collection models are for municipalities. 

By 2025, the EU must recycle 55% of municipal waste, increasing to 65% by 2035. The fulfillment of this target is heavily dependent on governments’ ability to divert organics out of mixed waste through prevention initiatives first, or better collection for recycling models second. Despite this urgency, there remains a wide variety of collection and treatment models used across Europe. Often, municipalities are opting for open and locked street bins. These are easy to introduce and cheaper, but ultimately much less effective, with vastly higher contamination rates and lower quantities of waste collected. This is especially when compared to door-to-door separate collection schemes which are proven to deliver the best results for low contamination, higher quality composting and higher volumes of organic waste composted, rather than ending up in landfills or incinerators.

Therefore, this webinar comes at an urgent time. With just over 12 months until the mandatory deadline for organics collection in the EU, it is imperative that municipalities avoid locking themselves into poor performing systems that will not result in achieving our recycling goals. We will use this webinar to showcase how different cities are implementing some of Europe’s best systems for bio-waste collection and treatment, looking at how they did this and what can be done to replicate these successes elsewhere.

This webinar went into greater depth to address the following key questions and more:

  • Which collections systems can deliver the necessary quantity of materials needed in order to meet our recycling targets in the EU?
  • Do we need specific targets for the volume of bio-waste collected or the % of mixed waste that is bio-waste?
  • What results do door-to-door collection models provide and how do they compare to street bins?


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Iryna Myronova

Executive Director of Zero Waste Lviv and founding member of Zero Waste Alliance Ukraine

Iryna Myronova is the Executive Director of Zero Waste Lviv and founding member of Zero Waste Alliance Ukraine. She received an MS in Ecology and Environmental protection at the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy and a professional certificate in Environmental Policy from Bard Center for Environmental Policy. Iryna has 15 years of professional experience as a sustainability manager and business consultant, and as a corporate engagement officer at World Wildlife Fund Ukraine. She is a member of the environmental board of Plast - a National scouting organization of Ukraine.

Franco Amigoni

Councillor from Fidenza municipality

Fidenza is a municipality in the Parma Province, Emilia Romagna Region, north of Italy, with 27,000 inhabitants, the municipality separately collects 83% and generates just 80 kgs/person of residual waste. A councillor of the municipality since 2018, Franco is an economist, with a masters in urban transformation from Milano Politecnico, and a qualification from the London School of Economics in public policy analysis. He is also an OECD consultant working on the simplification of Italian companies’ environment permissions.

Martina Gaislová

Country Manager, JRK Slovakia

Martina Gaislová leads the JRK Slovensko team, which has been a partner of Slovak municipalities in the field of waste management and waste prevention for over ten years. She is an ambassador for the effective collection of kitchen waste in Slovakia, the essence of which is not only to sort waste but also to use it in the fight against soil degradation and the climate crisis. This work helps connects the activities of JRK Slovensko with European experts in composting, door-to-door collection, as well as soil and compost researchers to return compost to the soil while drawing attention to the necessity of its use among farmers.

Francesc Giro i Fontanals

Director, Waste Agency of Catalonia (Agència de Residus de Catalunya)

Francesc is an Agricultural Technical Engineer from the Barcelona School of Agriculture. For over 20 years, he worked at the Catalan Waste Agency as a technician responsible for promoting the separate collection and biological treatment of bio-waste, as well as for the production of quality compost. He is now Director of Strategic Planning of the Waste Agency of Catalonia, coordinating the Program for the Prevention and Management of Waste and Resources of Catalonia (PRECAT). He is also involved in the drafting of the law on the prevention of waste and sustainable use of resources in Catalonia. He is a founding member of the European Compost Network (ECN).

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