Chris Sherrington, Senior Consultant at Eunomia, is speaking today at the ISWA Beacon Conference on Waste Prevention & Recycling in Copenhagen. Chris is presenting in the session entitled ‘Waste Prevention and Zero Waste’, chaired by Andreas Bartl, from the ISWA Working Group on waste prevention and recycling, and talking about two key challenges in respect of waste prevention, namely:
- Understanding costs impacts; and
- Getting people engaged with waste prevention.
Others participants in the same session will include Enzo Favoino, Chair of the Scientific Committee of Zero Waste Europe, and Roberto Cavallo from ACR+.
Chris has managed much of Eunomia’s recent work on waste prevention, including:
- two studies for Brussels Environment on the potential role of economic instruments, and the feasibility of implementing obligations for reusable items at events,
- the launch of Eunomia’s free Waste Prevention Toolkit for local authorities, and
- the evaluation of finalists’ impacts in Nesta’s Waste Reduction Challenge Prize.
In anticipation of the launch of Defra’s Waste Prevention Programme for England last December, Chris authored Eunomia’s own waste prevention ‘wish-list’, containing five key measures that would spread “a little more joy and a lot less waste.” In addition to reducing waste, the five measures proposed in the wish-list would bring about:
- improvements to local environmental quality from reduced littering;
- reduced levels of plastic litter entering the marine environment;
- increased resilience to future heatwaves;
- reduced food poverty impacts; and
- improved wellbeing for some of the most vulnerable people in society.
“In order to be successful, waste prevention needs to be ‘visible’, with measures that capture the public’s imagination and clearly demonstrate tangible benefits. Preventing waste offers the opportunity not only to advance resource efficiency, but to deliver important social and economic gains.”
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