It was not until December that the new package was released, and to our disappointment, it was weaker than the previous package, leading to us criticising it upon release
. Our work on the Circular Economy Package has continued over into 2016, and we will continue to fight for a stronger and more comprehensive package.
We spoke in different forums and conferences, promoting zero waste in front of the European Parliament, the waste industry, local authorities, civil society organisations, and more. We also supported our members in the push for transition at the local level, for example in Madrid or Derry.
We organised two study tours: one in June for a Chinese delegation from Hua Foundation (Flanders, Sweden and Italy), and a second one in November for Spanish municipalities to Italy (Milan and Contarina). The second one has positively encouraged some of these cities to commit to zero waste or, at least, to have effective separate collection schemes.