“At ZWE, movement building is part of our DNA. We collaborate with members across Europe, forge coalitions, spark movements, and rally diverse groups. We believe collective action is vital for lasting change, for the benefit of all people and the planet.” – Stephanie Yates, Head of Network & Movement Building
Ahead of the 2024 European Parliament elections, Zero Waste Europe calls on the decision makers to commit to the principles of sufficiency, resilience, and wellbeing for the next mandate.
By signing our pledge, Members of the European Parliament will support comprehensive policies to make a zero waste Europe a living, widespread reality.
In light of the EU’s Waste Framework Directive, member states will be required to collect bio-waste separately by the end of 2023, significantly increasing the availability of bio-waste for composting and anaerobic digestion. Yet, considering the large disparities in bio-waste collection and treatment across the EU, it’s crucial to identify and validate best practices and Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) along the bio-waste management chain. Unlocking the full potential of bio-waste recycling requires an ambitious project like LIFE BIOBEST.
Find out more about the project’s key results, upcoming events and webinars, and take part in this forward-looking initiative!
Recycling has benefitted from too much attention and the solution to the (plastic) pollution crisis lies now mostly in prevention and reuse. However industry, media and policy making still put their focus on waste collection and recycling. The RSVP project aims to put reusable systems in the center of the solutions agenda and create the conditions for scaling up these systems across Europe.” – Nathan Dufour, Reuse Systems Manager and Leader of the ReuSe Vanguard Project at Zero Waste Europe
To achieve the EU sustainability and climate goals, a shift in the way we consume and produce products and materials needs to urgently change. The revision of the Packaging and Packaging Waste Regulation represents an opportunity to transform how Europe packages and distributes its products, moving the focus away from just recycling. We need the EU to support this transition by putting in place regulatory measures focused on waste prevention and reuse. – Larissa Copello, Packaging & Reuse Policy Officer at Zero Waste Europe
There is an urgent need to assess the real impact of waste incineration on human health and the environment. People living near waste incinerators need to be reassured about their health risks and the safety of such combustion facilities.” – Janek Vähk, Zero Pollution Programme Manager at Zero Waste Europe
Plastic is not only harming the environment but is also endangering human health.
Plastics present in food packaging contain hazardous chemicals, including endocrine disrupting chemicals, which leak into our food, and make their way into our bodies. These chemicals can be, and must be avoided. We need decision-makers to take action on hazardous chemicals in the form of restrictions and new regulations for food contact materials (FCMs).
The EU must take action on toxic chemicals in food packaging!