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Network of Zero Waste Towns meeting in Capannori

The Zero Waste Towns Network Conference held at Capannori

On May 20, 21, and 22, Capannori (Italy), the first zero-waste European city, hosted the Zero-Waste Cities Network Conference. The event aims to bring together local authorities and civil society organizations to exchange good practices in waste management.

The conference started on Friday the 20th with the welcome speeches of the Mayor of Capannori Luca Menesini and the President of Zero Waste Italy Rossano Ercolini, followed by four examples of cities committed to zero waste: Capannori and Parma (Italy), Hernani (Basque Country) And Miramas (France).

The presentation aims to demonstrate how to implement zero waste and promote waste management policies in different legal realities, in which municipalities have different scopes of authority. In all these cases, political will and the participation of civil society have been key drivers of transformation.

Next, Joan Marc Simon, Executive Director of Zero Waste Europe, and Enzo Favoino, Coordinator of the European Zero Waste Scientific Committee, introduced the "Zero Waste City Network" and the steps for cities to become zero waste cities.

In the afternoon, a study visit was organized to the reuse center Daccapo, Luca Technopole and Capannori Zero Waste Research Center.

On the 21st, participants learned about the peculiarities of Capannori’s separate collection system and introduced the Mamme No Inceneritore campaign for zero waste and against incineration in Florence. They helped organize a powerful demonstration of 20,000 people in Florence on May 14 Activity. A meeting was held to discuss the citizen-led zero-waste legislation initiative being discussed in the Italian parliament. Three seminars on "Support and Control of Zero Waste Cities", "Waste Collection Companies and Zero Waste" and "Innovation and Circular Economy" were organized. Afterwards, the organization visited the zero waste store Efecorta.

The conference ended on the 22nd and an award ceremony was held for Italian companies committed to zero waste or innovation to reduce waste.

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