On 29 January we hosted a joint event with Municipal Waste Europe on separate waste collection in the context of a circular economy in Europe.
Speaking at our event, Karmenu Vella, European commissioner for the environment, said that implementing a circular economy is a priority for the EU, and that sharing examples of best practices can promote the transition towards more sustainable consumption and production.
Domenico Gambacorta, rapporteur on the waste review in the Committee of the Regions, stressed the important role separate waste collection plays in this process, and also in reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
The conference was co-organised with Municipal Waste Europe and the European Commission. The speakers presented examples from European cities of different sizes for waste sorting practices. Member cities Milan, Manchester, Gothenburg, Ljubljana, and Tallinn presented their good practices, and the co-chairs of our working group on waste, Håkon Jentoft and Günther Langer, participated in a panel debate on implementing waste policies and legislation.
The conference was also the occasion to present a Commission study on separate waste collection in capital cities, which showed EUROCITIES members Ljubljana, Tallinn and Helsinki as top performers.