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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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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.

Available in English

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.

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, French, Swedish, Italian, Portuguese and German.

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 and French.

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.

Available in English & German

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 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.

Available in English & Lithuanian

A story of hidden emission: The case of Sant Adrià de Besós Incinerator

Toxic emissions and polluted air: the Waste-To-Energy plant of Sant Adria de Besos in Barcelona works at a high cost for the environment and the local community. Hungry for more? Read our blog in English.

 

Available in Spanish

 

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.

Available in English & Spanish

The Story of Sălacea Going from 0 to 40% recycling rate within 3 months

Going from 0 to 40% recycling rate within 3 months, the small county of Sălacea tells a remarkable Zero Waste success story, establishing itself as a best practice that can be replicated in rural communities across Romania.

 

Available in English

 

The story of PHENIX: a recipe to effectively enforce food waste reduction targets

In 5 years, PHENIX saved 30.000 tonnes of food products and distributed 60 millions meals across France, proving that it is possible to prevent food waste and create new jobs while saving money.

 

Available in English

 

 

The story of RePack: a simple solution to the growing problem of e-commerce waste

How Zero Waste and online shopping work together?
RePack is a closed-loop system that can reduce e-commerce packaging by 96%
while providing the same consumer experience as the disposable one.

 

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