Diverting biowaste from disposal and turning it into fertility – A conversation with Enzo Favoino

18th January 2022 - 2:00 PM (CET)

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Article 22 of the Waste Framework Directive (WFD) requires that municipalities, all over the EU, set up separate collection schemes for organic waste – or biowaste. In particular, biowaste should be either separated and recycled at source, or collected separately and not mixed with other types of waste by December 2023.

The efficient separate collection of biowaste is the key step governments can take to improve the overall separation and collection of waste.

In fact, the separate collection of biowaste can help:
• Avoid cross-contamination with other waste streams;
• Ensure quality compost and recycling;
• Divert waste from dumpsites and reduce methane emissions.

In this new MiZA free webinar, we are sitting down with Enzo Favoino, Chair of Zero Waste Europe’s Scientific Committee, to learn why biowaste is a fundamental chunk of circular economy and zero waste programmes and how article 22 of WFD obligation can actually become a great opportunity for municipalities to fine-tune their waste management systems.

Participants will get an opportunity to ask questions to the speaker during the webinar.

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In this webinar, you will learn:

  • All the approaches for processing biowaste, from smallest to largest ones. A quick overview.
  • Art. 22 of WFD and related obligation for separate collection of biowaste: not a nightmare, but an opportunity to fine-tune the municipal waste service, making it most performing. A few key operational hints.
  • Dispelling the myths around economic and environmental performances of separate management of biowaste.
  • Examples from across Europe, big cities and small villages, Southern and Central Eastern Europe, enlargement countries, etc.


Enzo Favoino
Chair of Zero Waste Europe's Scientific Committee

Enzo Favoino works for Scuola Agraria del Parco di Monza, a non-profit Research Centre based in Northern Italy. He and his team have long been involved across Europe in scientific and technical issues related to optimisation of schemes for separate collection, definition and implementation of Zero Waste programmes, process management in composting and anaerobic digestion sites, strategies to tackle the growing plastic problem. They have largely contributed to the development of separate collection and composting in Italy, Spain, UK and other countries, in the EU and outside. He was a co-founder of ECN – European Compost Network. From 2004 to 2012 he sat as Chair of the WG on Biological Treatment at ISWA. Currently, he serves as Chair of the Scientific Committee of the European NGO Zero Waste Europe.



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