Making a Renewable Energy House a Zero Waste House

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GreenMatters shares WASTECOSMART lessons at on-site seminar in Brussels 

WASTECOSMART hosted a workshop in Brussels on 11 July in cooperation with Municipal Waste Europe (MWE) aiming to boost the contribution of the Renewable Energy House to a circular economy through better waste management.  


GreenMatters organised the event to share the WASTECOSMART approach and best practices with organisations based in the house, which has committed to become the first zero waste office building in Europe.


The opening presentation saw Konstantinos Malandrinos from MWE outline some of the main challenges of waste management and separate waste collection in Europe, with a focus on the important role that municipalities have to play. 


Katharina Krell from GreenMatters then introduced the WASTECOSMART project. She explained the ‘toolbox’ to optimise waste management and increase resource efficiency and shared some of the reduce-reuse-recycle case studies such as Les Petit Riens, who are based in Brussels.


How the Renewable Energy House can put some of these lessons into practice was then elaborated by GreenMatters’ Astrid Severin. With around 70% of the waste in the house being paper or card, strategies to increase paper reuse and to recycle more efficiently were suggested. The importance of accurate sorting was also stressed - waste being put in the wrong bin often means that recycled fractions become contaminated and end up in the incinerator.


Following a discussion session the event concluded with a reception, giving audience members the chance to offer their feedback and to debate and clarify the possible next-steps. It was decided that a meeting will be organised between GreenMatters and the building management, to incorporate 'how to manage your office waste' rules in the house guidelines.