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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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Reusable Packaging and COVID-19

Zero Waste Europe and Reloop analyse the situation of reuse and refill systems in light of COVID-19. While industry pushes for single use, there is no evidence that single-use packaging contributes to the spread of the virus any less or more than reusables.

Building a bridge strategy for residual waste. Material Recovery and Biological Treatment to manage residual waste within a circular economy

Zero Waste Europe releases today a policy briefing which highlights the importance of defining a new strategy for managing residual waste that corresponds with the requirements of the age of climate emergency that we are living in. The report defines an approach based on Material Recovery and Biological Treatment as a bridge strategy for managing residuals within a circular economy.

Available in English.

FAQ on COVID-19 and zero waste

Zero Waste Europe analyses the impacts of COVID-19 on zero waste and suggests what can be done to keep working toward a zero waste future.

Available in English.

Joint NGOs Statement – Ten Priorities for the European Commission’s Climate Taxonomy Delegated Acts

We joined other nearly 100 NGOs, to call on the European Commission to implement an effective and science-based EU Climate Taxonomy Delegated Acts. If done properly, the Taxonomy should help end greenwashing in the finance sector by showing which investments are truly sustainable. The Taxonomy can also play an even bigger role, helping the post-crisis EU economy become more resilient by guiding the EU’s green recovery spending. Read the ten demands and full list of signatories.

Available in English.

Towards safe food contact materials in a toxic-free circular economy

We have the opportunity to reform EU legislation on chemicals in food packaging to make it safe and reusable. Our latest policy briefing outlines recommendations to ensure a toxic-free circular economy.

Available in English

Annual Report 2019

Whilst the zero waste movement has been around for decades the creation of Zero Waste Europe as an organisation is rather recent. Here we look back on the impact our work had in 2019. This Annual Report looks at our projects, our research, our successes, and all those who helped us create an impact in 2019!

Available in English.

Unwanted toxic flame retardants preventing circularity and increasing fire toxicity

The Flame Retardant Free Furniture Alliance presents its latest position paper on unwanted toxic flame retardants preventing circularity and fire toxicity in light of the New Circular Economy Action Plan.

Available in English

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, Spanish & French

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.

Available in English.

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.

Available in English.

 

 

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.

Available in English.

 

 

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