What defines a “Zero Waste Municipality” is the firm and verifiable commitment to move towards Zero Waste and the results that it delivers.
Zero Waste Europe brings together and represents the European municipalities that have openly committed to the goal of continuously reducing waste generation and improving waste separate collection and hence redesigning the relationship between people and waste.
What does it mean to be a Zero Waste municipality?
Today nearly 400 cities have taken on the challenge of the Zero Waste Masterplan, joining a movement initiated and supported by Zero Waste Europe member organisations across the continent. These cities are monitored and aided in their journey by these organisations as well as the Zero Waste Europe Brussels office and a wide range of practitioner experts.
The Zero Waste Cities programme is supported by a network of zero waste non-governmental organisations (NGO’s) working on all aspects of zero waste practice. Our network has expertise and experience covering the implementation of separate collection and reuse centres, to the pay-as-you-throw (PAYT) collection mechanisms and deposit return schemes, with a range of specialisations in between.
We rely on this network of expert organisations to evaluate and monitor the cities who have begun on the path to zero waste and ensure that they are living up to their commitments as well as highlighting their best practices and achievements to be replicated across Europe.
If you are interested in joining this community, the Zero Waste Cities team can put you in touch with the network member in your country and give you advice to take the next steps towards zero waste.