Zero Waste Europe in 2018 – Our Year in Review

Zero Waste Europe in 2018 – Our Year in Review
Zero Waste Europe in 2018 – Our Year in Review 2019-06-14T14:37:43+00:00


Dear all,

2018 has been a landmark in the history of Zero Waste Europe. Our impact and our network have continued to grow and as a consequence Europe is less wasteful than a year ago. Slowly but surely the trend is changing in Europe!

Our strategy of push and pull has delivered great results. On the push side we have effectively campaigned for a European directive on the reduction of single-use plastic as well as contributed to pass ambitious waste policies. We have continued to promote best practices of Zero Waste cities and train local change agents to improve implementation of waste policy. Our network of zero waste cities counts now with more than 360 municipalities and we start to see how zero waste becomes mainstream in some European regions.

On the pull side we have been instrumental in reducing the economic and legal incentives for waste burning and landfilling which should shift funding from disposal to prevention, reuse and recycling.

As part of our empowerment strategy we started to produce webinars, conferences, study tours and case studies in the frame of the European Zero Waste Academy. We are happy to see how thousands of change agents are being equipped with the right knowledge to implement change.

We have also organised mobilisation at European level in favour of good design and denouncing those products that are not produced with circularity in mind.

The zero waste lifestyle movement continues to grow and so does our membership. The public support for waste-free alternatives is growing as people identify it as the easiest way to increase the natural capital in our society and contribute to fight climate change.

I’m grateful to the ZWE’s fantastic team and our amazing network of local groups and activists that are making zero waste possible. It confirms the quote from Margaret Mead “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has”. Our network is indeed the living proof of that.

Joan Marc Simon – Executive Director of Zero Waste Europe

Work Areas

Our Achievements

New Members
Total Members
Study Tours
New Case Studies
Blogs published
Publication Downloads
Twitter Followers
Facebook Fans
LinkedIn Followers


Income & Funds Raised


EU Grants


Foundation Grants


Donations & Membership Fees


Other Income


Total Income

Costs & Spending




Travel & Subsistence


Equipment & Depreciation


€ 42,988


€ 222,259

External Assistance / Subcontracting



Other Direct Costs



Reserves and last year’s losses



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:

  • EU Grant – EASME – LIFE – Ecopulpplast

  • EU Grant: EASME – EU LIFE Operating Grant

  • EU Grant: EACEA – Erasmus+

  • EU Grant: Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation – Collectors

  • Plastic Solutions Fund

  • Changing Markets

  • Brussels Environment

  • Adessium

  • Study Tour Participants

  • Donations


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.


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

Antigone Dalamaga is based in Greece and is the Director of the Ecological Recycling Society, a national NGO in Greece, promoting the prevention, reuse and recycling. She represents the NGO both in Zero Waste Europe and in the RREUSE (Reuse and Recycling European Union Social Enterprises) where she has been president for the last 7 years. She has over 20 years’ experience in the field of Sustainable Waste Management at the local, national, and international levels and how it links to to job creation. She is a member of the Zero Waste Europe Board, and provides expert knowledge on zero waste issues.

The Scientific Advisory Committee

The Zero Waste Europe network and staff receive technical advice and insight from the Scientific Committee. Consisting of renowned scientific experts in the field of waste management, this board ensures the technical consistency and feasibility of our policies and gives advice to the Board.

Enzo is a technical expert and researcher at theScuola Agraria del Parco di Monza, and has decades of experience of separate waste collection, recycling, composting and prevention. Enzo is an expert in EU waste legislation and is highly knowledgeable in the field of European policy-making. He is one of the founders of the European Compost Network, and the coordinator of the Scientific Committee of the Zero Waste Research Centre in Italy.

Our Staff

Esra Tat
Janek Vahk
Jan Lars

Our Network

Zero Waste Europe member organisations across Europe

Zero Waste Groups are joining forces in different countries for greater impact. In Spain, for example, 6 organisations came under the umbrella national platform called Alianza Residuo Cero.  This model of organising is inspiring other countries with Germany kick-starting a similar approach.  In September we created a new appointment called “Meet our members” which features a monthly interview with a campaigner from our network, to make the work of national and local groups known at the international level.