Invited Session: Circular Economy

Recent Development in European Waste Management Policy

Tuesday, September 26, 2017
14:00 – 14:30
Room 319

Moderator: Elizabeth Roe, President, Eco Partners, Inc., Indiana

Based on the overall strategic document on a circular economy, the EU Commission started the process to review several EU Directives that lay down the basics and ambition for recycling and landfill reduction. The process started three years ago and it is now in the final stages. Negotiations are ongoing between the EU Parliament and the EU Council. Clear definitions and measuring standards, together with ambitious recycling targets and landfill reduction targets, are due to pave the way for a more resource efficient EU society. But, not all agree, and there are still large differences amongst EU Member States when it comes to real implementation and concrete results.


Weine Wiqvist, Managing Director, Avfall Sverige, Sweden

Weine Wiqvist

Weine Wiqvist is CEO of the Swedish Association of Waste Management. He is an expert and policymaker in the field of waste management and recycling. He is an advisor to the Swedish government and president of Municipal Waste Europe, as well as vice-president of CEWEP (Confederation of European Energy from Waste Plants). Mr. Wiqvist also serves as treasurer and Board member of ISWA (International Solid Waste Association). He is a former Attaché of Science and Technology at the Swedish Consulate in Los Angeles. His management experience comes from public sector waste management companies, the Swedish EPA and consultancy. He holds a Master’s degree in civil engineering from Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, and a Master’s degree in business administration from Lund University.