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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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Open letter on the Farm to Fork strategy to achieve sustainable food systems

We joined forces with other 31 civil society organisations to call the European Institutions in order to highlight the priorities and actions that the Farm to Fork (F2F) strategy should have in order to provide a coherent response to societal concerns about biodiversity, climate change, health, income of all workers in the food chain, social equity and animal welfare, amongst others.

Read the letter.

Waste Incineration getting away with CO2 emissions unscathed

Evidence shows that waste incineration has a high impact on our climate, yet it’s not part of any scheme to progressively reduce CO2 emissions. This case study written by Žiedinė Ekonomika uses the example of the “Fortum Klaipeda” waste co-incineration plant in Lithuania to illustrate how waste incineration plants could be included under the EU ETS at EU or national level and outlines at the potential impact such inclusion on driving better waste management in Europe.

Available in English.

Deposit Return Systems (DRS) Manifesto

We want Europe to move towards a Circular Zero Waste Economy that retains value by reusing materials, uses recycling as a last resort and ensures that no waste is leaked into the environment. Deposit Return Systems (DRS) have proven to be the most effective and sustainable way to make this happen. That is why we wrote, in partnership with other organisations, the DRS Manifesto: a summary of all the benefits Deposit Return Systems can bring and a list of demands to EU institutions and members states to preserve the value of materials and reduce leakage into the environment.

Avaiable in English

The Story of Unverpackt

The Story of Unverpackt is the sixth chapter of the Zero Waste Europe Consumption & Production Case Studies series aimed at promoting zero waste business models.

Since opening in February 2014, Germany’s first packaging-free store Unverpackt in Kiel, has been pursuing a drastic reduction of packaging waste while motivating customers to rethink their consumer behavior. More than 100 stores in Germany are already following this example, the zero waste retail movement has only just begun.

The Belgrade solid waste public-private partnership

CEE Bankwatch Network, Counter Balance and Zero Waste Europe have published an analysis on the Belgrade solid waste public-private partnership (PPP). A case plagued by legal irregularities and circumvented binding decision-making processes.

Available in English.

The environmental & economic costs of single-use menstrual products, baby nappies & wet wipes

Report by ReZero, Zero Waste Europe, ReLoop and Break Free From Plastic. The report details the environmental and economic impacts of single-use menstrual products, baby nappies, and wet wipes across the EU-28.

Smoke and mirrors: exposing the reality of carpet ‘recycling’ in the UK

Report based on research by Eunomia Consulting, UKWIN and the Changing Markets Foundation. Looking to expose the reality of carpet ‘recycling’ in the UK and beyond.

Available in English.

The hidden impacts of incineration residues

Waste incinerators in the Netherlands create a large amount of toxic residues (bottom and fly ash) which are increasingly used in so called useful applications under the Green Deal agreement. The evidence shows that the current standards for the safety of this practice are outdated posing a significant threat to human health and the environment.

Safe fire safety for everyone: avoid toxic flame retardants in our furniture

The Alliance for Flame Retardant Free Furniture released a position paper calling on EU-wide action against the use of flame retardants in furniture and bedding. The paper also points out the importance for the EU institutions to tap into the potential of toxic-free safe fire safety in support of a circular economy.

Available in English.

Reusable Solutions: how governments can help stop single-use plastic production

Rethink Plastic alliance report detailing reusable solutions to help governments put a stop to single-use plastic pollution.

Available in English

Guidelines for the implementation of article 3(3) of the REDII regarding support schemes for waste incineration

The revised Renewable Energy Directive sets a framework for the promotion of energy from renewable sources, such as biomass. This document intends to provide a methodology to guide Member States in implementing it in alignment with the circular economy.

 

Available in English

 

 

The story of Pontevedra

Thanks to decentralised composting the province of Pontevedra went from providing no options for bio-waste to a comprehensive and community-based system, establishing itself as a best practice example for bio-waste management in Spain and beyond.