Zero Waste Europe participates in the Zero Waste Cities in Ukraine project with the support of the LIFE programme


21 May 2024

Zero Waste Cities in Ukraine Project Launch with the LIFE programme support.

Brussels, 21 May 2024 – On May 1, the Zero Waste Cities in Ukraine project was launched in Ukraine with the financial support of the European Union’s LIFE Programme, which aims to support local governments in implementing new legislative requirements in the field of waste management.

The project is coordinated by the research institution Landscape Laboratory of Guimaraes — Association for the Promotion of Sustainable Development (Portugal). In Ukraine, the project was initiated and is now being implemented by the Zero Waste Alliance Ukraine. 

Beneficiaries of the project are four Ukrainian municipalities — Lutsk, Kherson, Pokrovsk (Donetsk region) and Liubotyn (Kharkiv region) — which will work together with partners for four years to build a sustainable waste management system to achieve the status of “Zero Waste City”.

The European partners of Ukrainian cities in the project will be the municipalities of Guimaraes (Portugal), Oeiras (Portugal) and Carmignano (Italy), as well as the Hamburg Institute for Innovation, Climate Protection and Circular Economy (HiiCCE) (German), NGO Zero Waste Europe (Belgium) and NGO Zero Waste Italy (Italy). The network of European cities “Eurocities” and their pilot project “Sustainable rebuilding  of Ukrainian Cities” contributed to the creation of the project consortium.

Project implementation on the ground will be support by Ukrainian public organizations namely NGO Zero Waste Lutsk, NGO Ecological News, NGO Zero Waste Mariupol and NGO Zero Waste Kharkiv. 

The representatives of Ukrainian cities, the project team, and partners face the following tasks: 

  • assess the current state of the waste management system in  four Ukrainian municipalities participating in the project;
  • strengthen the institutional capacity of local governments of Ukrainian cities through comprehensive training;
  • develop waste management strategies based on the Zero Waste principles for the four Ukrainian municipalities to ensure long-term planning;
  • implement infrastructure pilot projects in four Ukrainian cities that will contribute to the development of a sustainable waste management system in municipalities and can be scaled up and replicated by other Ukrainian cities.

The project consortium combines the practical knowledge and experience of European municipalities, expertise of research institutions and NGOs to ensure that the project goals are achieved. 

The results of the project will be developed waste management strategies for four Ukrainian cities, institutionally capable communities to implement them, launched pilot infrastructure projects, and established cooperation between Ukrainian and European participating cities.

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Press contacts 

Sean Flynn, Media Outreach & Communications Officer at Zero Waste Europe, [email protected] or [email protected] / +32 471 96 55 93


Olya Rys, Project Manager, Zero Waste Alliance Ukraine, [email protected] / +38 093 790 90 94

About Zero Waste Europe 

Zero Waste Europe (ZWE) is the European network of communities, local leaders, experts, and change agents working towards a better use of resources and the elimination of waste in our society. We advocate for sustainable systems; for the redesign of our relationship with resources; and for a global shift towards environmental justice, accelerating a just transition towards zero waste for the benefit of people and the planet.