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PLASTIC & BIO-WASTE 2016 Advancing Zero Waste Schemes in Scandinavia

02/02/2016 @ 08:30 - 17:00


(Copenhagen Edition)

Bridge Productions, in collaboration with City of Copenhagen, Zero Waste Europe, IDA and DAKOFA is host to a major one-day event focusing on 2 themes that are currently high priority in Scandinavia: plastic recycling & bio-waste management. Optimizing collection schemes and developing infrastructure around those two streams still raises a lot of questions and with the new EU Circular Economy package coming up, municipalities & recyclers are under increasing pressure to figure out sustainable and affordable solutions.This day of dialogue is an innovative format that combines workshop tracks and international keynotes from a select number of experts & politicians that have participated in establishing today’s highest-performing programs in Europe.


Plastic & Bio-Waste 2016 – Copenhagen edition (TEASER) from Bridge Productions on Vimeo.

EVENT DATE: Tuesday February 2nd 2016

Doors open, check-in coffee / breakfast

9:00 – Welcoming words
Review of the agenda & objectives for the day

9:10 Opening Keynote – State of Separate Collection in Europe (Results & Trends)
with Joan Marc Simon, Director at Zero Waste Europe (Brussels)

9:30 – Panel Discussion 1
Key challenges 2016 presented by Municipalities & Recyclers – session hosted by DAKOFA

Reaching higher recycling rates raises a number of concerns for program stakeholders. Whether it is related to cost, strategy, planning, citizens’ engagement, or infrastructure development, what are the key questions that all municipalities need to answer in 2016 to advance their respective roadmap? Where are most relevant learning lessons that we can use? Starting from the result of extensive interviews conducted over the last few months, this session will set the stage for the rest of the day and introduce the key items on the agenda via active dialog with participants.

10:00 – Workshop Tracks
Participants select one of the following workshop tracks:

Morning Concurrent Track 1: Tackling Plastics in Municipal Waste Streams

10.00 to 12.00 – Making Plastic Streams More Sustainable via Reduction & Re-Design Strategies
(Debriefing, Update & Discussion)
In this session, participants will review key findings from the Redesign Innovation Jam held on 14-15 November in Copenhagen where teams of experts, designers, engineers and waste professionals categorized key issues around plastic products and the way they are handled by the waste management ecosystem. With a focus on plastic consumer goods, the session will also review succes stories from other countries and attempt to contextualize opportunities to the regional challenges to finally settle on key actions that can be taken this year. This session will also set the stage for the afternoon workshop addressing the needs in recycling infratstructure.

Morning Concurrent Track 2: Managing Bio-Waste in Municipal Waste Streams

10.00 to 11.00 – From the plastic stream to the organic stream: How to integrate compostable plastics in day-to-day products & single-use items 

11.00 to 12.00 – How Milan rolled out the largest urban bio-waste collection scheme on Earth while achieving high-performing captures


12.00 – Lunch & Networking Break

13:00 – International Case Studies
“Zero Waste Cities – Optimizing separate collection schemes to reach targets on budget”
with Enzo Favoino, Chair of the Scientific committee at Zero Waste Europe.
Enzo will showcase key optimization strategies that led dozens of Italian municipalities above the 70% recycling rate and share practical examples of how residual plastics are dealt with within the Zero Waste roadmap.

13.45 – The EU Circular Economy Package (Intro debrief)
with Joan Marc Simon, Director at Zero Waste Europe

14:00 – The EU Circular Economy Package (Panel discussion)
Ida Auken, Danish Parliament  (Business & Environment)
Inge Werther, DAKOFA

& a selection of municipalites & recyclers
(moderated by Camille Duran, The Green Exchange)

14:45 – Workshop Tracks 2
Participants select one of the following tracks:

Afternoon Concurrent Track 1:
Defining roles and business models for plastic recycling infrastructure in Scandinavia

(Discussion & creation of focus groups)

Afternoon Concurrent Track 2:
Advancing the composting & AD sectors: Key issues in the region 2016

(Discussion & creation of focus groups)


16:00 – Closing Notes
Event conclusions & review of the next actions.

Join us, at no extra cost, for the optional…
16:30 – Creative Problem Solving Workshop – Priority Actions 2016
with support from a multi-disciplinary group of mentors

In a casual and stimulating atmosphere – and based on the learning lessons from the day – this session will:

1.Seek to identify items that are immediately actionable to advance participants agenda,
2.Create focus groups around areas of interest
3.Innovate project ideas in line with the challenges identified
4.Structure & plan actions that will support their execution
(Study tours, workshops, seminars, focus groups, policy actions, community involvement, etc.)


08:30 - 17:00
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