Moving up! New study calls for sectoral
waste prevention indicators to drive
the Circular Economy
Press Contact: Pierre Condamine, Waste Policy Officer, Zero Waste Europe
+32 (0) 2 73 62 091
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Brussels 27/03/2019
A new study commissioned by Zero Waste Europe identifies how to best measure waste prevention
and what are the most useful policies to minimise waste generation.
The waste hierarchy starts with prevention (1), yet most EU policies focus on recycling, recovery and disposal
rather than looking upstream where the potential for environmental and economic gains is the highest.
Among the study’s propositions, Zero Waste Europe calls for:
- Complementing the monitoring of waste generation with upstream indicators about the benefits related to savings from non-extracted resources
- Developing dedicated sectoral waste prevention indicators for the following 9 specific product groups:
- Food and beverages
- Large household appliances
- Small household appliances
- IT and telecommunications equipment
- Toys, leisure and sports equipment
- Electrical and electronic tools
- Motor vehicles
- Furniture and furnishing
For those 9 product groups, waste prevention has a substantial ecological, social and economic relevance
while showing high improvement potentials.
“A Circular Economy will require a substantial reduction in resources use and waste generation and
sectoral waste prevention indicators are the best way to set milestones to orient complementary policies
in the years to come” said Pierre Condamine, Waste Policy Officer at Zero Waste Europe.
- Art 3 of Directive (EU) 2008/98.