Working for Zero Waste in Germany: A Discussion across Disciplines


Is a world without waste truly achievable? Have we made significant—if any— progress in our pursuit of this goal, or do we need to make a greater effort to change our attitudes towards consumption and how we deal with excess? These were some of the questions that formed the basis of the roundtable discussion that took place in May 2013 at LMU’s Center for Advanced Studies. The discussion brought together 15 panelists across various disciplines, including members of the community. Drawing on their collective experience in engineering, anthropology, environmental justice, and city politics, they explored the impact of waste, and the strategies we should, and currently do, employ as we work towards zero waste in the world.