CLEAN-UP ACTION IN BRUSSELS
We organised a clean-up action during the EU Green Week 2022. The aim was to raise awareness of the importance of disposing of waste correctly so more waste can be collected, recycled, and reused to enable the transition to a circular economy. It was also a good opportunity to encourage responsible behaviour to promote cleaner surroundings.
• Date: Monday, 30 May 2022
• Time: 16:00 CEST
• Location: Brussels. The meeting point is Place Jean Rey, in front of Park Leopold.
• Duration: 1h
• Plan: Meeting in Place Jean Rey at 16:00 to go to Park Leopold to pick up trash. Then, heading to Park du Cinquantenaire. Possibly, checking Schuman and going all the way back to Park Leopold.
Material provided: gloves and trash bags.
Beverage packaging has an important role to play in helping create a circular economy in Europe because it is a resource that can (and should) be collected, recycled, and reused multiple times in a closed-loop system.
One way of reducing packaging waste is to use more reusable solutions. The European soft drinks sector, represented by UNESDA Soft Drinks Europe, is already using several reusable systems, from returnable refillable containers to in-home dispensers.
As part of its Circular Packaging Vision 2030, Europe’s soft drinks sector aims to increase reuse by 2030 as a complementary way to its continued efforts on recyclability, collection, and recycling of its packaging. This commitment is in line with the European Commission’s aim to promote the use of more reusable packaging solutions in the revision of its Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive.
Against this background, UNESDA Soft Drinks Europe hosted an online debate that brought together industry representatives, NGOs, and EU decision makers to discuss how to make the shift to more reusable beverage solutions a success and what conditions and enablers are necessary to make this transition realistic.
Moderator: Delphine Close, EU Policy Manager, UNESDA Soft Drinks Europe
The role of reusable systems in UNESDA’s Circular Packaging Vision
Delphine Close, EU Policy Manager, UNESDA Soft Drinks Europe
The European Commission’s perspectives on policy options for reuse
Wolfgang Trunk, Economic Analyst – Legislation, Circular Economy – From Waste to Resources Unit, DG Environment, European Commission
The role of reusable packaging in Coca-Cola’s World Without Waste Initiative
Hans Van Bochove, Head of Public Policy, The Coca-Cola Company Europe
PepsiCo Positive – Sustainable Packaging
Gloria Gabellini, Director of Environmental Policy, PepsiCo Europe
How the industry can lead the way in developing more reusable systems
Joan Marc Simon, Executive Director, Zero Waste Europe