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weTHINK.eu Waste Circularity Conference – 16 May 2023

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  • Map ideas for policy mechanism and best practices for waste circularity.


  • 10.00 – 10.05 Greeting participants.
  • 10.05 – 10.10 Introduction (Ingo Mayr-Knoch, CEO weTHINK.). 
  • 10.10 – 10.30 Keynote: Vanessa Kranzinger (Austrian Federal Ministry for Climate Action, Environment, Energy, Mobility, Innovation and Technology – BMK) – Best Practice from the Austrian Waste Management System.
  • 10.30 – 12.00 Panel discussion – Brainstorming on strategic, legal, political, administrative and economic challenges and solutions to improve waste circularity and alternative fuel use.
    • Vanessa Kranzinger (BMK).
    • Thomas Baldt (Experts4Recycling, Austria).
    • Igor Kos (Regional Development Agency for Podravje – Maribor, Slovenia)
    • Snezana Bondzic (Belgrade Municipality, Serbia).
    • Nikos Nikolakakos (Cembureau).
    • Robert Uveg (Danucem / CRH Hungary).
    • Yana Docheva (National Association of Municipalities, Bulgaria).
    • Ivana Buble (Kostak, Slovenia).
  • 12.00 – 12.45 Drafting a public policy proposal (open discussion all participants).
  • 12.45 – 13.00 Wrap up and follow-up steps.


Austrian waste management is aligned with precautionary principles and sustainability. The various Austrian waste management objectives should be achieved based on the waste hierarchy with the best possible combination of waste prevention, reuse, recovery and disposal. The goals of the circular economy and the efficient use of resources are of great importance. Every principle and instrument must be measured against the principles and objectives and must not be an end in itself. Of course, waste prevention must be the top priority and it is important to achieve the EU recycling targets. In fact, not all waste streams can and should be recycled repeatedly. Thermal treatment will be an integral part of Austrian waste management. On the basis of the precautionary principle, final sinks are also needed in waste management. The landfilling of pre-treated waste will therefore continue to constitute an indispensable component.

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Who do we bring together?

  • We bring together all key strategy actors (ministers, public officials, municipalities, industry associations, waste collection, recycling/ treatment companies, in Europe with an initial focus on Southeastern Europe and Eastern Europe.

How do we bring together?

  • Through closed groups on the online crowd knowledge platform – weTHINK.eu.
  • Through bi-monthly online working group meetings and two bi-annual online conferences.

Why do we bring them together?

  • To regularly exchange, technical operational and strategic know how and best practices on waste and waste management. 
  • To conduct training for service companies and municipalities on water and waste  management.
  • To develop strategy recommendations and position papers to improve  the legal, political and economic environment for successful waste circularity.
  • To develop projects on waste circularity and to implement them.
  • To improve waste circularity in Europe.


16 May 2023


10:00 - 13:00

Local Time

  • Timezone: Europe/Berlin
  • Date: 16 May 2023
  • Time: 10:00 - 13:00

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