Zero Waste Cities Certification

Become one of the first Zero Waste Certified Cities in Europe!

The Mission Zero Academy (MiZA) works as a connection point between municipalities and different solutions and services to further accelerate the fulfilment of the Zero Waste Cities commitment.
Through its online training platform and the support of a network of local zero waste experts, MiZA offers a supportive package to help you to take a step forward in your zero waste strategies and circular economy implementation at the municipal level.

The world’s first Zero Waste Cities (ZWC) Certification is a robust, supportive, and impactful system aiming to promote local-led solutions across Europe.

The Certification encourages municipalities to commit to more ambitious goals and, at the same time, to implement greener and more sustainable policies and solutions regarding waste management and circular economy practices.

Why do we need a Zero Waste Cities Certification?

This independent, third party assessed certification standard is based on over 10 years of expertise and close contact collaborations with more than 400 European Municipalities, who have committed to zero waste principles and circular economy implementation.

Building on the established Zero Waste methodology, the Certification has been designed to:

  • help municipalities to comply (and go beyond) with EU and national regulations;
  • promote the implementation of efficient systems which save natural and economic resources, as well as
  • reinforce the positive image of the municipality, which will gain worldwide recognition and credibility. This in turn results in job creation, funding opportunities, economic incentives, and prestigious event hosting attraction.

Certification process

The certification process comprises 5 simple steps:

  1. Expression of Interest – submitted by the municipality to local Zero Waste Europe (ZWE) members or Mission Zero Academy.
  2. Commitment – in this phase, the municipality acquires the status of Zero Waste Candidate City and needs to create and present their own certification roadmap, under specific requirements. Download in your own language all the documents related to the Zero Waste Cities Certification (ZWC) here.
  3. Implementation – the municipality then has a maximum of 2 years to implement and complete the Certification scorecard and submit evidence to the formal auditor in order to be certified.
  4. Certification – after a successful third party assessment focusing on the performance level and impact, the Candidate Municipality becomes a Zero Waste Certified City. Have a look at our Certification criteria for Certified Cities. Download in your own language all the documents related to the Zero Waste Cities Certification (ZWC) here.
  5. Yearly improvements – following its Certification, a Municipality must carry out yearly improvements to monitor and enhance the outcomes achieved. They will be subjected to new audit processes every 3 years to confirm the Certification status, with the possibility to level up under a 5-star system.

The Certification is developed around a scorecard system, which includes mandatory and points-based criteria:

  • Mandatory criteria forms the minimum requirements of a zero waste city;
  • Points-based criteria will be scored depending on the ambition and impact of each policy. The combination of these points together will define the municipality’s level of certification (and its subsequent number of stars).

Please note that the ZWC Certification can only be issued by specialists and indipendent third-party auditors accredited by MiZA, who oversees the whole Certification process, monitors compliance, and develops the system further.

Want to know more?

MiZA’s qualified-expert training and result-oriented case studies, as well as useful tools and resources, will guide you through the whole Certification process, fulfilling your learning appetite and offering impactful and measurable solutions.

You are just one step away from really making a difference!

Join us now and become one of the first Zero Waste Certified Cities in Europe! Contact us for more information.

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