About Zero Waste Europe

Find out more about us

At Zero Waste Europe, we are leading a fast-growing movement of communities, local leaders, businesses, experts, influencers and other “change agents” working towards the same vision: eliminating waste in our society.

Our Mission & Vision

To empower communities and change agents from around Europe to redesign their relationship with resources, to adopt smarter lifestyles and sustainable consumption patterns in line with “circular” resource management.


How it all started

Where we came from...

Since 2011 European Zero Waste groups have been collaborating on a voluntary basis organising events, and building off of the work done by the European members of the GAIA network.


We have been holding annual meetings for these local, regional and national groups to come together to strategise and plan for a zero waste future, since 2011 in Brussels. Since then we have met in Gipuzkoa in 2012, the European Parliament in 2013, Paris in early 2014, Sofia in 2015, Ljubljana in 2016 and Madrid in 2017.


Our work was informal until December 2013 when we formally registered as a foundation in the Netherlands (Zero Waste Europe Stichting, RSIN number 8533.38.115). 2014 marked our first year of official operations. This leap forwards was the result of many years spent building the foundations of the movement, with the support of members from the network, the contributions of our first donors and Board as well as everyone who has supported the zero waste community in Europe. We are now registered on the Transparency Register, where you can find an audited version of our accounts.

Who are we?

Find out more about our staff, board and advisers

Meet the team

How are we funded?

Find out more about how Zero Waste Europe is financed in our annual report

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Meet the network

Learn all about our talented network that spans most of Europe

About our network