The Bloody Manifesto

We are asking the European Commission to act by setting the necessary policy framework to support and empower menstruators to access safe, fair & circular menstrual products – in line with the EU’s circular economy objective. Our manifesto is open for signatures at the following link:

How to make Packaging Free Shops go mainstream?

Drawing from the findings of the pioneer study on the state of packaging free shops in Europe, Zero Waste Europe makes the case for the European Union to put in place a set of legislative and economic measures to support expanding the packaging free shops market.

Available in English

Recycled Carbon Fuels in the Renewable Energy Directive

Our latest policy briefing with Bellona EU & the Rethink Plastic alliance concerns using non-renewable plastic fuels under transport targets within REDII, making recommendations for how to maintain circular economy promises.

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 highlighting the importance of defining a new strategy for managing residual waste that corresponds with the requirements of the age of climate emergency we live in. The report defines an approach based on Material Recovery and Biological Treatment as a bridge strategy for managing residuals within a circular economy.

Full briefing available in English, French, Italian, and Polish.

Condensed briefing available in English and Montenegrin.

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

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.

The impact of Waste-to-Energy incineration on climate

Waste-to-Energy incineration is sometimes promoted as a low-carbon source of energy, justifying increasing quantities of waste burned to produce electricity. The evidence, however, suggests that the carbon intensity of energy produced through incineration is greater than the one of the current EU average electricity grid intensity while having significantly more adverse climate impacts than conventional electricity generation.


Available in English & French


Waste-to-Energy is not Sustainable Business, the EU says

The EU has excluded waste-to-energy incineration from a list of economic activities considered ‘sustainable finance’, those that can make a substantial contribution to climate change mitigation and which do no significant harm to other environmental objectives such as transition to a circular economy, waste prevention and recycling.


Available in English