About us

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 EU and EFTA countries. 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.

Our structure

FEAD STRUCTURE Board of Directors Executive Council Committees/ Sub-committees Secretariat General Assembly (members)

Our Members

Where our members are active

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Board of Directors

Peter Kurth

FEAD President

President of BDE, Germany

Anne Le Guennec

FEAD Vice-President

Representing FNADE, France

Claudia Mensi

FEAD Vice-President

Representing Assoambiente, Italy

Piotr Manczarski

Representing PIGO, Poland

Luis Palomino

Secretary-General of ASEGRE, Spain

Björn Mittendorfer

Representing VOEB, Austria

Kalle Saarimaa

President of YTP, Finland

Andreas Krawczik

Representing DWMA, The Netherlands

Our Committees


Valérie Plainemaison


Valérie joined FEAD as the Secretary-General in January 2020. She leads the association in their work and relations with the European institutions. Previously, she worked for the French waste management association as a permanent representative at EU level.

She holds a degree from Sciences-Po Paris and a Master’s degree in European Union Law from the University of Paris. Valérie is a French native speaker who speaks English, German, Greek, and has basic Italian.

+ 32 2 732 32 13

Orla Kerrigan

Office Manager

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 and French, basic Spanish and notions of Greek.

+ 32 2 732 32 13

Aizea Astor Hoschen

Legal & Policy Officer

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.

+32 2 737 51 41

Paolo Campanella

Technical Officer

Paolo joined FEAD in January 2022 as the Technical Officer. He provides support and coordination to FEAD’s work on technical issues, with a particular emphasis on waste collection, material and organic recovery, chemicals and hazardous waste, and landfills. He 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.

Before joining FEAD, Paolo worked as an engineer and environmental consultant and as Technical Director for a waste management and remediation company. 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 and English.

+32 2 737 51 44

Zoi Didili

Communications & Policy trainee

Zoi joined FEAD in September 2022 as the communications & policy trainee, responsible for the organisation’s social media strategy. She has a background in International and European Studies, with a master’s in Security in the Mediterranean, and she is a PhD student in International Politics of the Middle East.

Before joining FEAD, Zoi worked as an EU Reporter at a Brussels-based newspaper. Her native language is Greek and she also speaks English, Spanish, French, basic Italian and Dutch.

+ 32 2 732 32 13