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Meeting in Brussels of NGOs promoting the Zero Waste strategy for Europe

NGOs convened a meeting in Brussels to promote the European zero waste strategy

On Monday, March 14, more than 30 people from 13 European countries-Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, United Kingdom, Czech Republic, Romania, Spain and Hungary-gathered at the top Meeting to define Europe’s zero waste strategy. The event was organized by GAIA and EEB.

On the same day, people debated the actual meaning of zero waste in Europe and the need for the NGO community to formulate future waste and resource management agendas. This proposal goes beyond the recycling society to a zero-waste society. Emphasize that zero waste is a journey, not a destination.

The main difference between a recycling society and a zero-waste society is the emphasis on reducing the remaining part. Zero waste means maximizing recycling, but also means minimizing residual parts, aiming to phase out landfill, incineration and any other disposal methods.

Zero waste is an alternative to traditional waste management because its goal is not to manage waste, but to phase out waste so that process waste becomes the raw material of the new process. For this reason, zero waste can also achieve social and economic regeneration, bring carbon back to the soil, ensure consumers' right to choose, and achieve environmental justice in the way we manage public resources.

In the afternoon, there will be introductions of zero waste experience from Italy, the United Kingdom and Catalonia's zero waste network. In Italy, 25 cities have pledged to achieve zero waste. The Zero Waste Research Center in Capannori is already in operation and has had successful experience in recommending redesigning operations.

This meeting established a framework for future cooperation and best practice replication between European NGOs. The zero waste strategy is beginning to spread throughout the European Union!

This meeting established a framework for future cooperation and best practice replication between European NGOs. The zero waste strategy is beginning to spread throughout the European Union!

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