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Workshop: the Best Zero Waste Practices in the US and the EU

04/03/2015 @ 14:00 - 17:00

Workshop best practices zero waste Europe EU US

City of San Francisco & the district of Contarina (province of Treviso), Italy

Evidence about feasibility and convenience of an ambitious waste policy

The newly elected European Commission has expressed the intention to withdraw a waste package which was presented in 2014 after years of work by the previous Commission, Parliament and Council. This move has been justified by the intention to retable a more ambitious circular economy proposal.

The aim of this workshop is to provide proof of the economic, social and environmental benefits of having an ambitious waste policy.

San Francisco was the first city in the world to adopt the Zero Waste goal back in 2002 and since then it has increased recycling from 35% in 1995 to 80% in 2010.

In Europe, the district of Treviso served by the public company Contarina, covering 550,000hab, has increased its recycling from 30% to 85% over the last decade.

In both cases, the zero waste approach has generated jobs, spurred innovation, reduced costs and emissions and increased resource efficiency.

More importantly this transition has taken place in less than a decade proving that when there are clear goals and political will, advancing towards zero waste is both feasible and desirable.


PROGRAM – March 4

14.00-14.30h Registration

14.30-15.00h Opening words

Moderator Mr Joan Marc Simon, Executive Director of Zero Waste Europe

Ms Sirpa Pietikäinen, Rapporteur for the Circular Economy, Member of the European Parliament -tbc-

Mr Kurt Vandenberghe, Director for Climate Action and Resource Efficiency, European Commission – confirmed

15.00h Presentation of the Zero Waste program in San Francisco

Mr Jack Macy, Zero Waste Coordinator of City and County of San Francisco Department of SF Environment (20’) – confirmed

Q&A (10’)

15.30h Zero Waste program in Contarina

Mr Paolo Contò, Member of the Board and Marco Mattiello, International Relations Manager (20’) – confirmed

Q&A (10’)

16.00h Discussion

16.30h Closing remarks


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