Waste policies & best practice
We support the transition from a throw-away society to a zero waste world through policies and best practice of waste reduction at source, repair, re-use and recycling.
In Europe we waste too much and from the waste we generate most of it is still buried or burned. Only 40% is recycled, most of it downcycled into products and materials of lower value than the original ones.
Zero Waste Europe challenges conventional waste management which is inherently designed for a linear economy. We propose the managing of resources in a way that their value and energy are preserved, thereby enabling a circular economy as well as economic savings for the public authorities and reducing environmental, and health impacts.
A zero waste strategy is based on an ambitious waste prevention policy, proactive reuse and and optimised separate collection of waste at source to guarantee quality recycling. By reducing the amount of waste sent to landfills and incinerators, zero waste strategies are faster to implement, cheaper to operate and safer for the environment than traditional waste management.
All in all a zero waste strategy is about involving the community in the management of their own resources, and making it cheaper and more convenient for the citizen to do the right thing.
Zero Waste Europe works with communities and municipalities to implement zero waste strategies in a growing number of European towns using this expertise to effectively advocate for zero waste policies at the EU level.