Countdown to Zero – proceedings


Countdown To Zero
The Benefits of Zero Waste & Moving Towards It, Now!

Monday 22nd June, City Hotel, Derry

The conference was opened by Mark H Durkan,  Minister for the Environment, who said:
“Zero Waste North West is to be commended in rising to the challenge. This conference brings together delegates with a wide range of experience and ideas to promote the circular economy and a Zero Waste society.”

Conference highlights

The sections below each link to videos and other materials from each of the main speakers.

Why Zero Waste By Joan Marc Simon

Joan Marc Simon is the Director of Zero Waste Europe. He is an economist by training and
an expert in EU waste legislation and European policy-making. He specialises in the field of resource and waste management. He calls on us to “redesign the economy phasing-out waste so that all the goods are designed to be repaired, reused, recycled or composted at the end of their life.”

How Zero Waste By Enzo Favoino

Enzo Favoino chairs the Scientific Committee of Zero Waste Europe. As a researcher based at Scuola Agraria del Parco di Monza he has published influential research over 25 years on waste prevention, seperation and recycling, specialising in organic waste and composting. Enzo was one of the founders of the European Compost Network.

Creating An Intelligent Economy:
How the North West Can Lead The Way By Dr Peter Doran

Dr Peter Doran lectures in Environmental Planning and Sustainable Development at the School of Law, Queens University Belfast. He led the joint initiative by  Carnegie UK Trust and Queens University Belfast, School of Law on “Wellbeing in Northern Ireland”.

He puts Zero Waste in a global economic context presenting the circular economy, with greener products and closed resource loops, as the sustainable response to population growth, urbanization and climate change.


Recycling, A Blueprint For Northern Ireland By Eric Randall

Eric Randall, Director of Bryson Recycling says “The generation of quality materials is essential in any recycling collection system. Jobs created from reprocessing the materials are significant to the local economy”.

Bryson worked on designing the new recycling ‘wheelie box’ containers and ‘kerbsort’ vehicles. The Bryson model has been adopted by Antrim and Newtownabbey Councils and by the Welsh Government.