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ACR+ 20th anniversary and General Assembly

23rd May 2014, Rome, Italy

The ACR+ 20th anniversary and General Assembly will take place on 23rd May 2014 at the Eataly Rome in Italy. The Association of Cities and Regions for Recycling and sustainable Resource management (ACR+) is an international network of members sharing the same purpose of promoting sustainable consumption of resources and management of waste through prevention at source, reuse and recycling.

This year’s conference will focus on how the Zero waste strategy can be a key element towards a European circular economy. Through a panel of European experts, the concepts of “circular economy” and “zero waste” will be analysed and illustrated through concrete examples and by different stakeholders (local authorities, the European Commission and representatives of the private sector).

The conference will be divided into two sessions. The first session will discuss the Zero Waste concept and will be chaired by Fernando Leite (LIPOR – ACR+). The second session will focus on Circular Economy and will be chaired by Chair Roberto Cavallo (ERICA – ACR+).

The conference will be followed by the General Assembly 2014.

To register for this event click here.

European Green Capital

Waste production and management is one of twelve environmental indictors assessed as part of the European Green Capital Award. Copenhagen, European Green Capital 2014, sends less than 2% of its waste to landfill – down from 44% in 1988. Almost 58% of all waste is recycled, and 40% is used to fuels the city’s district heating network. Public perceptions have gradually evolved and people now regard waste as a resource that has a lot of potential to enhance the move towards the circular economy model. For example, reuse of waste can allow more jobs to be created than landfill and incineration can.