As outlined in the EU Waste Framework Directive, member states are required to collect bio-waste separately from 1st January 2024 onwards. With future recycling targets of 60 and 65% in the coming years, it is increasingly obvious that Member States must prioritise high-performing bio-waste collection models, if they are to achieve the desired targets for recycling and the circular economy in Europe as a whole. This is especially important given the latest figures that show 18 out of 27 Member States are currently not on track to achieve the 2025 recycling target of 55%.
However, given the wide disparities in the efficiency of bio-waste collection and recycling across the EU, many European municipalities are still struggling to achieve good results, both in terms of collection rates and also the quality of organic waste collected.
In large, densely populated cities, bio-waste collection can be a particular challenge. Numerous parameters have to be taken into account, such as high rise apartment buildings, a wide variety of commercial activities, different nationalities, and tight budgets all adding extra layers of complexity.
Based on the most up-to-date best practices and findings validated by the LIFE BIOBEST project and Zero Waste Europe network success cases, this webinar aims to present how best to collect organic waste (food and garden waste), in high-density areas. It will share key details and evidence on how to set up such high-performance systems in a range of urban contexts across Europe.
In this webinar, we will uncover the DO’s and DON’Ts of effective bio-waste management. More specifically, we’ll look in detail at:
Steffen Walk (MSc) is a scientific officer at ECN. He is an experienced scientist who has spent many years working in the field of bioresources and circular economy. He has been involved in several EU-financed projects in which he has developed a broad knowledge on bio-waste management. His experiences include waste management system analysis, concept development for new collection systems, and implementation in case studies. He has co-authored several scientific publications and technical reports and is currently in the process to complete his PhD at the Hamburg University of Technology, where he was member of the Bioresource Management Group.
Steffen will present Case n°1 – Lübeck, Germany:
Presentation of the results of the Lübeck neighbourhood case study on food waste collection (from the DECISIVE project, funded by EU Horizon 2020) and outlook on future follow-up project (KUKOM, Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt (DBU)).
Ivana Maleš is a Slovak circular economy expert based in Bratislava. Ivana is a co-founder of Institute for Circular Economy and is also working as an expert for the City of Bratislava since 2019. Ivana is working as a coordinator of circularity projects for the City of Bratislava such as creating the Circular Strategy of the city, City’s first reuse centre KOLO and introduction of a kitchen waste collection system.
Ivana will present Case n°2 – Bratislava, Slovakia:
Presentation of the kitchen waste separate collection system of the city of Bratislava, communication best practices and challenges.
Marco has 27 years of experience in planning consistent MSW management, designing and upgrading collection and transport schemes, assessing recycling facilities (focus on composting), working in multi-linguistic, multi-tasking working groups or projects both in ‘high-‘ and ‘low-to-middle income’ countries in Europe, Latin America and Asia.
With a specific engagement for MSW solutions in cities he supported the City of Milan (Italy) in setting up the recycling scheme for food waste in 2012 and defined the strategy for organic waste diversion and recycling for the Mega-City of Sao Paulo do Brazil. In recent years, he has supported other cities such as Paris, Madrid and more recently Bratislava and Prague in setting up their strategies and schemes to divert organics from disposal to recycling.
Currently, he works as a Senior Expert at the Italian Composting and Biogas Association (C.I.C.), which unites public and private companies, local authorities and others involved in the production of compost. Since 2017, he has been responsible for the association’s certification scheme for compostable plastics.
Marco will present the conclusions and lessons learned from the three cases.
Simone is a marketing and stakeholders’ engagement expert, as well as a project manager in awareness raising projects and communications campaigns. He is an expert in environmental communication and a training expert in waste management, circular economy and sustainability. Simone also acts as environmental consultant and capacity building manager in international cooperation projects; and as project manager for development and application of innovative systems for waste recovery and recycling. He also has expertise in knowledge sharing in international networks.
Simone will present Case n°3 – Milan, Italy:
Presentation of the bio-waste separate collection system of the city of Milan, critical factors behind its success.
With two master’s degrees in European Policies (Political Science) and Local Sustainable Development, Manon Jourdan has developed and managed zero waste local and national projects for more than 3 years. She specialises in waste prevention strategies, particularly within municipal settings, and has conducted extensive research on the collaborative efforts between local authorities and civil society organisations in this domain.
Manon will facilitate and moderate the webinar.