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Meet our members – Ziedine Ekonomika

Meet our member-Ziedine Ekonomika

Zero Waste Europe is pleased to introduce the blog series "Meet Our Members". Through this series of monthly interviews, we hope to give you the opportunity to learn about our members and the work they do.

Hi Domantas, can you give us a brief introduction to the key points of Ziedine Ekonomika?

Endorsement! I firmly believe that a circular economy can be easily achieved through certain laws and regulations that take into account the challenges of material use, pollution and carbon footprint. Once these factors are taken into account, then zero waste becomes cheap and the most attractive option🙂

We don’t need 5% perfect zero waste, but 95% imperfect zero waste

How long have you worked in this field and what made you fall into (zero) waste?

Maybe my whole life 🙂 I basically grew up in the composting factory where my father used to work. I have seen how nature uses microorganisms (such as traditional compost), bloodworms and insects to manage our waste in a very effective way. In addition, I still remember helping him set up an experimental food waste separation and collection plan for apartment buildings in the late 1990s. This was a success, but the city government decided not to carry out collection activities in the city. To this day, we do not have a separate collection point for food waste in Vilnius! But this time, I worked with the local authorities to make it right. So fingers crossed, in about two years, we will have a working system.

What is your current role in the organization?

I always invite people to join the organization and work on topics they like. Ziedine Ekonomika is still a young organization, as I founded it in 2016, but it is growing rapidly. We can now do more projects and professional activities-and even make a living from it! I help guide people to information, namely case studies, best practice examples, and people with whom you can collaborate to achieve your desired environmental goals.

Tell us more about an activity/event you are doing?

In the past few years, I have been working on revising the national bio-waste management legislation. EU regulations have strict but very clear regulations on how to deal with household food waste. However, this also gives the national authorities the possibility to change them! Countries with the most advanced thinking on recycling-such as Slovenia, Italy, Austria, and Germany-have used these rules to make sound national legislation to convert composting and anaerobic digestion into affordable processes. This process does not make the separate collection of food waste expensive—on the contrary, it becomes a cheaper option without compromising safety. I have seen the final draft of the new bio-waste management legislation. If all goes well, Lithuania will join these countries from 2021 and will become the first Eastern European Member State to have regulations on reasonable composting and anaerobic digestion processes 🙂

If you want your organization to be known for one thing, what would it be?

We recently completed a project with Žemaitijos National Park to help them build a green waste composting business. This is a lovely place and working with their people is an absolute pleasure. I can’t wait to enter the operational phase!

How would you describe the development of the zero waste movement in your country? What is your view of the future?

Many people are now interested in the zero waste movement! This gives me hope.

The zero waste movement has grown exponentially, and I expect it will continue to do so. Nature empowers us to enjoy and cherish, and most people start to take action. I believe that with the help of the policies in the next 5 years, we can realize that most people will become imperfect zero wastes.

How does the current COVID-19 pandemic affect your work?

Very strong. We had to cancel many activities in the school. The current situation is sad, but it is also a good wake-up call for people to start caring about wildlife.

According to WWF calculations, more than half of wild animals have become extinct in the past 50 years. If we enjoy our lives without harming nature, we don't need to face another epidemic.

You can find more information about Zedine Ekonomika and his work here.

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