Zero Waste Europe in 2016 – Our Year in Review

/Zero Waste Europe in 2016 – Our Year in Review
Zero Waste Europe in 2016 – Our Year in Review 2019-06-06T13:52:13+00:00


Over 2016 the impact of Zero Waste Europe has continued to grow. We have seen new members from around Europe join our association, new staff enrich our secretariat and new areas of work have brought zero waste to a larger audience than ever.

Throughout 2016 we were at the cutting edge of the zero waste movement, building on our work of previous years and building new campaigns. Our network of towns has continued to grow with new cities in Croatia, Slovenia, Italy & Spain. After a successful conference and annual meeting in Ljubljana, Slovenia, we welcomed 4 new members to the network, expanding our reach into new regions of Europe. We supported the development of the Zero Waste movement in Poland, through a dedicated staff member focusing on the region.

Together with dozens of global organisations we have launched an ambitious campaign on plastics and we are spearheading the European branch of this new global movement to Break Free From Plastics. The ‘Break Free From Plastic’ coalition aims to fundamentally change our relationship with plastic and hopes to address the root causes of plastic pollution and waste. As the European coordinators for an alignment process we were responsible for bringing together organisations working on waste from across Europe. This process has continued to grow and will be taking on more form and activities throughout 2017.

On a European level, the Circular Economy Package has continued to act as a focus. With Zero Waste Europe producing position papers on issues such as food waste in the Circular Economy and consistently calling on the European Parliament to demand high targets in the package. Beyond the Circular Economy, we have also engaged with the European Commission’s Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive proposals, calling for 4 major instruments to be used including modulated EPR fees, and a stronger effort on prevention.

From an organisational perspective we have continued to grow the team during 2016, hiring Delphine Levi Alvares, working on the products policy and leading the coordination of the alignment process for the European aspect of ‘Break Free From Plastic’.

All in all we have managed to consolidate our organisation as the main reference for European-wide NGOs working and waste and resources.

Joan Marc Simon – Director of Zero Waste Europe

Work Areas


Income & Funds Raised


EU Grants


Foundation Grants


Donations & Membership Fees


Total Income

Costs & Spending




Travel & Subsistence


Equipment & Depreciation


€ 20,033


€ 91,680

External Assistance / Subcontracting



Other Direct Costs



Total Expenditure

Our Funders

Zero Waste Europe gratefully acknowledges funding support for the following institutions in 2015. Thank you! Without the support of our donors Zero Waste Europe’s work would not be possible. We would like to thank & acknowledge the following institutions and foundations which have helped to fund our work:

  • LIFE EU programme

  • Adessium
  • Europe’s for Citizens programme

  • GAIA (Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives)


Zero Waste Europe’s Board are elected at the Annual General Meeting and are not paid for their roles, only having necessary expenses covered.

Rossano is a primary school teacher, and passionate Zero Waste leader. He has more than 20 years experience in the waste field and is a leading name of the zero waste movement in Italy. As a result of his efforts his home-town Capannori was the first European city to declare the goal of zero waste by 2020. He has helped the Zero Waste movement grow beyond the Italian borders into what is now the Zero Waste Europe movement. In 2013 Rossano was awarded the Goldman Environmental Prize, considered the “Green Nobel Prize” for his contributions to the Zero Waste movement in Italy.

Flore Berlingen, Secretary of the Board and Director of Zero Waste France speaking in Paris at the COP21

Flore Berlingen was elected as Secretary of the Board at the Ljubljana AGM in 2016, and is the Director of Zero Waste France and the Co-Founder of OuiShare.


Huub Scheele is Treasurer of the Board and works for Both Ends in the Netherlands. He has experience in environmental science and pollution and has worked extensively in Eastern Europe. He also has experience working in Latin America and has been involved in numerous environmental organisations.


Elena Rastei is a Member of the Board, and is also the Director of Zero Waste Romania

Victor Mitjans is the research coordinator for the Fundació Prevenció de Residus i Consum and a member of CEPA (Centre D’Ecologia i Projectes Alternatius). He is a member of the Zero Waste Europe Board, and provides expert knowledge on zero waste issues.

Our Staff

Pawel Gluszynski

Our Network

Zero Waste Europe’s Network as of 2016