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Transitioning Europe towards zero waste and a circular economy requires transforming our society. To achieve this bold vision, stakeholders and citizens need to be empowered with accessible and powerful information in order to become change agents in their communities.

 

Zero Waste Europe has been at the forefront of Europe’s transition to zero waste and circular economy since its creation in 2013. During this time, we have created resources in order to help accelerate the transition towards a zero waste Europe, which you can find in our online library, designed with you in mind.

 

Whether you are a decision-maker after policy briefings outlining the negative impacts of waste incineration, an entrepreneur searching for the latest case studies on zero waste business models, an activist looking for a guide on separate collection of waste or a journalist looking for fact-sheets on the benefits of zero waste – our library is for you.

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Joint Letter to the European Commission: Avoid the ‘mass balance approach’ to block ambitions for increased recycled content in plastics

The undersigned organisations representing European NGOs and recycling industries are writing today to urge the European Commission to establish a transparent and ambitious ‘chain of custody’ method for determining recycled content in plastic products.

Determining recycled content with the ‘mass balance approach’ – 10 recommendations for development of methods and standards

If the label on the bottle in your hand said it was made from recycled plastic, would you believe it? Depending on the method behind the claim, the bottle might contain little to no recycled content at all.
This position paper highlights recommendations to ensure that the methodologies for determining recycled content are developed in a manner which contributes to a circular economy.

European waste trade impacts on Malaysia’s zero waste future

The impact of all the waste that is generated in Europe continues to be felt in countries and communities thousands of miles away. This case study illustrates the impacts inflicted by international waste trade upon Malaysia and shows how the country has responded.

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Waste Shipment Regulation revision

One third of reported plastic packaging recycling is actually shipped outside of the European Union! Exporting waste externalises the problem, placing the burden on other countries. The revision of the Waste Shipment Regulation offers an opportunity for change! Read our recommendations.

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Recycling of multilayer composite packaging: the beverage carton

New research commissioned by Zero Waste Europe to Eunomia Research & Consulting has revealed that the actual beverage carton recycling rate in four European countries is far below what is currently being reported.

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Call for the new EU Recovery and Resilience Funds to finance the transition to an economy that prevents products from becoming waste

We, the undersigned civil society organisations, call on the EU institutions and member states to explicitly dedicate the NextGenerationEU Recovery and Resilience Facility (RRF) to financing the transition towards a circular, carbon neutral, zero pollution economy, to which the EU already committed, with a clear emphasis on waste prevention and reuse.

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Understanding the Environmental Impacts of Chemical Recycling – Ten concerns with existing life cycle assessments

This joint paper presents key findings from a review of some of the most commonly cited chemical recycling and recovery LCAs, which reveal major flaws and weaknesses regarding scientific rigour, data quality, calculation methods, and interpretations of the results.

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Reducing packaging waste: choose prevention and reuse

Together with the University of Utrecht and Reloop we released a report highlighting that reusable packaging produces far fewer carbon emissions than their single-use counterparts. Read our policy recommendations to reduce packaging waste and to build efficiently reusable systems.

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Infographic: Reusable VS single-use packaging – A review of environmental impact

Together with the University of Utrecht and Reloop we released a report highlighting that reusable packaging produces far fewer carbon emissions than their single-use counterparts. Read the report’s key findings in our infographic.

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Executive summary: Reusable VS single-use packaging – A review of environmental impact

Together with the University of Utrecht and Reloop we released a report highlighting that reusable packaging produces far fewer carbon emissions than their single-use counterparts. Download the executive summary and read the report at bit.ly/reusable-packaging

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Reusable VS single-use packaging: a review of environmental impact

Together with the University of Utrecht and Reloop we released a report highlighting that reusable packaging – such as bottles, crates, jars, and others – produces far fewer carbon emissions than their single-use counterparts.

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Sustainable Finance for a Zero Waste Circular Economy

Zero Waste Europe released today a report highlighting the importance of a Zero Waste Circular Economy in the post-COVID-19 recovery. The “Sustainable Finance for a Zero Waste Circular Economy (ZWCE)” report addresses the current lack of clarity around the concept of ZWCE. It provides clear criteria on the activities that need to be included and prioritised under the umbrella of the Sustainable Finanace by looking at the social, economic, climate, and environmental benefits. Check out our infographic here.

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