FEAD is the European Waste Management Association that represents the private waste management and resource industry across Europe.
Our members are national waste management associations covering 19 countries in Europe, including Norway and the UK. They represent about 3,000 companies with activities in all forms of waste management.
Our companies have an approximate 60% share in the household waste market and handle more than 75% of industrial and commercial waste in Europe. Their combined annual turnover is approximately € 75 billion.
These companies employ over 320,000 people who operate around 2,400 recycling and sorting centres, 1,100 composting sites, 260 waste-to-energy plants and 900 controlled landfills.
Our objective is to advocate for a better regulatory framework for the waste management sector, to achieve the best economic and environmental outcomes, and to strengthen the circular economy in Europe.
Waste management companies enable the transition to a circular economy by producing resources and energy which can be re-injected back into the economy.
They add value through innovative and cost-efficient collection, sorting, and recycling of secondary raw materials. As a result, they play a crucial role in achieving the best economic and environmental outcomes.
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Representing ASSOAMBIENTE, Italy
Representing FNADE, France
Representing BDE, Germany
Representing PIGO, Poland
Secretary-General of ASEGRE, Spain
Representing VOEB, Austria
General Manager of Denuo, Belgium
Representing DWMA, The Netherlands
As the new Secretary General, Paolo brings a wealth of experience and dedication to the forefront of our organization. Being an environmental engineer with 10 years’ of work experience in the environmental and waste sectors, he gained expertise in designing and managing waste treatment plants, and evaluating project proposals of waste treatment plants. Since January 2022, he has been an integral part of the FEAD team, as a Technical Officer, contributing to the advancement of our initiatives. With a profound understanding of FEAD’s mission and a keen insight into the intricacies of our operations, he has proven his ability to unite FEAD’s vision with practical implementation.
Paolo graduated from the University of Padova with a bachelor’s degree in environmental engineering, followed by a master’s degree with a specialisation in soil protection in 2012. He is still a technical consultant for the Province of Bari where he sits on a panel evaluating and approving waste management projects. Paolo speaks Italian, English and basic French
Orla joined FEAD in October 2019 as the Office Manager and coordinates all the administration in relation to FEAD’s Budget, HR, IT, and Resources. She regularly guides and supports the team on ad hoc projects. Orla has worked in similar positions for the past 20 years, working for the European Commission, various European federations and NGO’s, and for the private sector.
Orla holds a bachelor’s degree in Social & Organisational Psychology and a diploma in Business Studies. She speaks English, French, basic Spanish and has notions of Greek.
Aizea joined FEAD in September 2021 as a Legal & Policy Officer. Aizea has a legal background in Spanish and German law and holds an LL.M. in European law, with a specialisation in environmental and energy law. Before joining FEAD, Aizea worked in a consultancy dealing with environmental, health, and safety matters.
Aizea provides support and coordination to FEAD’s work on legal and policy issues, with a particular emphasis on EU environment and waste-related law, internal market, waste shipment, and competition. She speaks Spanish, German and English, has a good knowledge of French, and basic Portuguese.
Linda is a Communications Officer with a background in Journalism. Since joining FEAD as a Junior Communications Officer in July 2023, she’s been responsible for social media management, press relations, event planning, and website curation. She is handling the association’s weekly bulletin and newsletter, ensuring timely and effective communication with members and stakeholders. Linda has a master’s degree in Journalism with a specialty in Research and Criminology.
Before joining FEAD, Linda worked as Communications Assistant for a private company. She is a native French speaker and is fluent in English. Linda has lived in Gabon and England before settling down in Belgium.
Giulia joined FEAD in March 2023 as trainee to work on her Master’s thesis. She graduated with a Master degree in Environmental and Land Engineering and is qualified for the profession of engineer. She has dealt with topics such as environmental legislation, land-use planning, remediation of contaminated sites, solid waste management and environmental protection technology.
Giulia is from the Italian Province of Brindisi. She speaks Italian, English and has basic knowledge of French.
Rafael joined FEAD in February 2024 as the Environmental and Technical Officer. He started his career as a consultant for Deloitte Sustainability France, for 2.5 years, on topics such as the French ELV ERP, conducting environmental audits for industrial companies and designing sustainable strategies for public and private sector. He then worked for 2 years in Manila as Attaché for Scientific Cooperation at the French Embassy to the Philippines, handling bilateral and multilateral cooperation on climate change, health, environment and agriculture. He pursued his work in the Philippines as Decarbonization Leader for Decathlon Philippines.
Rafael graduated with a degree in Chemistry from ParisTech in 2017. He speaks French and English and has notions of Italian. He has lived in France, Australia and the Philippines before moving to Belgium.