Vanya Veras has more than 18 years of experience in waste management legislation, practices and systems. She joined Municipal Waste Europe as their Secretary General in 2012; the association which represents municipalities and their public waste management companies, in their public responsibility and engagement in waste management services. Vanya Veras began her career in Brussels in 1996 in the field of environmental policy, beginning her specialization in waste policy in 1999. After almost twelve years in Brussels she returned to her home country, Greece, with Coca‐Cola Hellenic, and there held the position of Environmental Affairs Manager for three years, learning a great deal about the practical functioning of various extended producer responsibility systems in the European Member States within the group's 28 countries and facilitating the transfer of knowledge between them. Ms Veras then worked as a freelance consultant with several Greek companies and local authorities, advising them on a variety of environmental issues, including as special advisor on waste management to the then Mayor of Piraeus, Vassilis Michaloliakos. With the benefit of this combined experience of the waste industry, the producer and the local authority, Vanya Veras has been leading Municipal Waste Europe as their Secretary General since 2012.