Our 33 members in 27 countries in Europe work on the ground to facilitate the transition to zero waste. These organisations work tirelessly to advocate for practices that pave the way for a circular economy – this includes lobbying for ambitious waste directives, creating spaces for knowledge sharing, mobilising public support, engaging the community and working with stakeholders to make zero waste a reality in Europe.
Our members are the changemakers on the ground – and this section is dedicated to highlighting some of their victories.
The Mission Reuse project, by our member Recycling Network Benelux, together with two partner organisations, aims to test reuse solutions, learn about consumer preferences, and work together with the business community to implement practical and innovative zero waste practices. The organisations work with policy-makers that can help to promote such practices and create infrastructures that support them while leading on research about reuse systems that can work in different scenarios and are affordable for both customers and business entrepreneurs. Mission Reuse has put forward recommendations to the Dutch government on legislation that encourages reusable options and phases out single-use ones.
- January 2022
The Nothing New Challenge, by Zero Waste France, encourages people to rethink new purchases and offers suggestions for alternatives - such as reusing, opting for second-hand, repairing or borrowing, while informing citizens about the impacts of current production and consumption trends on the earth. Participants have access to a personal space to share new purchases they have avoided and to exchange and draw inspiration from other participants.
The challenge is simple, buy as few new items as possible throughout the year to reduce the waste of resources!
Over 70,000 people have joined the challenge so far. Will you?
- February 2022
The Accademia Rifiuti Zero Mediterraneo, by Zero Waste Italy, is a project that creates an opportunity for mutual exchange of zero waste experiences and good practices by universities and zero waste cities, to engage students, professors, and researchers through study projects supported by visits and exchanges on the ground. The Academy offers training on the transition to zero waste and facilitates the exchange between countries on the Mediterranean coast to protect the biodiversity of their ecosystems, which are threatened by waste. The academy has three operational offices - in Capanorri, at the Segromigno in Monte Science Park; Naples and Calatafimi Segesta (TP).
- March 2022