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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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Zero Waste Europe’s Feedback on the Farm to Fork Strategy: towards a food system free of chemicals, overpackaging and waste

The Farm to Fork Strategy presents a great opportunity to profoundly reshape our relation to food and design food waste, hazardous chemicals and overpackaging out of our food system. Addressing such issues specifically requires a holistic vision leading to coordinated actions all along the food supply chain. Read Zero Waste Europe’s feedback on the new Farm to Fork Strategy Roadmap.

Available in English

The landfill target may work against the circular economy. Should we minimise percentages or tonnes?

This Policy Briefing which analyses in depth the new Landfill Directive, part of the Circular Economy Package adopted in 2018. Specifically, the landfill minimisation target obliges Member States to limit the amount of municipal waste due to be landfilled to 10% or less of municipal waste generated at any given year by 2035. As the briefing describes, meeting the target is extremely challenging and the way it’s defined and must be calculated (in any given year and defined as a percentage) may contradict the overarching principles of the EU Circular Economy Agenda.

 

Available in English

A Declaration of Concern and Call to Action regarding Plastics, Packaging, and Human Health

Declaration of Concern and call to action led by Zero Waste Europe, GAIA Asia-Pacific, GAIA US, and Upstream – signed by 160+ organisations worldwide demanding that lawmakers protect us from hazardous chemicals in food packaging.

Policy recommendations to make menstrual products, nappies and wet wipes circular

Policy briefing by Zero Waste Europe bringing together our previous two reports on (1) the environmental and economic impacts of single-use menstrual products, nappies and wet wipes and (2) existing measures and future policy recommendations to minimise their impact.

 

 

Existing measures & policy recommendations to minimise the impact of menstrual products, nappies & wet wipes

Report by ReZero and Zero Waste Europe. The report is a follow-up to our previous report on the environmental and economic impacts of single-use menstrual products, nappies and wet wipes and looks at existing measures and future policy recommendations to minimise their impact.

 

 

Hidden temperatures: emissions implications of temperatures in the post-combustion zone of waste incinerators

This Case Study written by ToxicoWatch puts the spotlight on the REC Dutch waste incineration plant, highlighting current failures to provide transparency, clear policy guidance and effective implementation.

 

Available in English.

Letter to EU Commission on new subsidies for waste-to-energy plants in Poland

The European Commission approved new Cohesion Fund aid of more than €100m to build two waste-to-energy incineration plants in Poland. Our Polish member, TNZ, highlights in a letter how this contradicts other commission legislation, such as the recently approved taxonomy regulation.

Available in English

Climate Bonds Initiative criteria for waste management

The Climate Bonds Initiative (CBI) claims to be the world’s preeminent authority on sustainable finance. Yet its recently published Waste Management Criteria endorses waste incineration outside the EU as a sustainable investment. This reveals an alarming double standard in its environmental and social principles and ignores the demands of more than a hundred civil society organisations that urged CBI to protect the circular economy and the climate from this technology. Read our policy paper.

Available in English.

The Story of Too Good To Go

Zero Waste Europe releases its new Consumption & Production Case Study, which promotes zero waste business models: The Story of Too Good To Go, a fast growing company making the link between shops whose food is about to be wasted and consumers who love a good deal.

Available in English, Swedish, Italian, Portuguese and German.

Material substitution within the SUP Directive

Joint Policy Briefing signed by Zero Waste Europe and Reloop Platform to provide the European Commission with clear recommendations on the implementation phase of the Single Use Plastic Directive.

Available in English.

Zero Waste Europe response to the new Circular Economy Action Plan Consultation

Zero Waste Europe welcomes the European Commission’s commitment to developing its Circular Economy efforts as part of the European Green Deal and we are happy to submit our recommendations in line with our vision to create a zero waste Europe. Read our response to the new Circular Economy Action Plan (CEAP) Consultation.

Available in English.

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.

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