“Zero Waste is the conservation of all resources by means of responsible production, consumption, reuse and recovery of products, packaging and materials without burning, and with no discharges to land, water, or air that threaten the environment or human health ”

– Definition of Zero Waste as adopted by the Zero Waste International Alliance

In cities

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In business

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In lifestyle

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For the climate 


As we move closer towards the climate emergency, the role that waste management, anti-incineration, and reduced plastic production plays in lowering our global greenhouse gas emissions will become more and more important. At the international and national level, we need to address all sectors of society in order to keep global warming below 2 degrees. 


At Zero Waste Europe we recognise the inherent climate impacts of waste and address this across all our work and are constantly striving to emphasise the mutual benefits of a zero waste lifestyle for both the environment and the climate. 


See our latest blog on climate