This year's GREEN WEEK theme is ZERO POLLUTION, and as waste is known to be one of the causes of high environmental pollution and how poor waste management contributes to climate change and air pollution, and thus directly affects people and the environment, we chose WASTE as a core theme. Landfills, considered the last resort in the waste hierarchy, emit methane, a very powerful greenhouse gas linked to climate change.
Methane is produced by microorganisms present in landfills from biodegradable waste, such as food, paper and garden waste. Depending on how they are built, landfills can also contaminate soil and water. After collection, the waste is transported for further processing. In the process of transport, carbon dioxide, the most common greenhouse gas, and air pollutants, including airborne particles, are released into the atmosphere.
The EU Zero Pollution Action Plan is a key action of the EUROPEAN GREEN PLAN. The new EU financial framework that will enable the financing of GREEN projects will remain a dead letter on paper if we do not have a vision and concrete projects that we want to finance. Waste can become a resource for starting a circular economy but this will not happen without regional cooperation of utility companies in the management of recyclable waste and biodegradable waste.
With this conference, we want to contribute to better management of municipal and industrial waste and to the achievement of goals to reduce the amount of waste disposed of in landfills.