The European Week for Waste Reduction extends to recycling
The European Week for Waste
Reduction rewards the best actions implemented in 2012 and announces next
edition’s new features
The award winners and finalists for the 2012 European Week for Waste Reduction
(EWWR) have been publicly announced on 5 June, World Environment Day. The EWWR
jury rewarded the most outstanding awareness-raising actions implemented during
the 2012 EWWR in each of the 5 project categories (Administration & Public Authority,
Associations & NGO, Business & Industry, Educational Establishment,
The fourth edition of the EWWR proves a great success
From 17 to 25 November 2012, over
10,700 EWWR actions took place in 27 countries throughout Europe and beyond, with the common aim to promote waste reduction.
Out of these, 74 initiatives were pre-selected by the various organisers and
submitted to an independent jury featuringEuropean waste management specialists
representing each category.
Six awards were handed out: one for each of the five Project Developer categories,
anda special prize from the Jury, as follows:
- Administration & Public Authority: “…di meno in Meglio” Project –
A campaign carried out across the Piedmont region including a booklet
and online tips on waste reduction, guided tours in markets and supermarkets,
and cooperation with restaurants that had the opportunity to become involved in
a local “Eco-Restaurants” network.
- Association & NGO: The Solid’R clothes collection - Solid’R (Wallonia,
The Solid’R network organised a large clothing collection in the Walloon
region and Brussels, gathering over 500 tonnes of clothes for reuse, and
organised an exposition of revamped textile containers, the decoration of a
train station by a school, as well asa guided tour of a textile sorting centre
and reuse shops.
- Business & Industry: R2R (Reuse to Reload) – Augustea Holding SPA (Italy)
Various teams from this Neapolitan company implemented several
activities encouraging employees, their families and professional contacts to
reduce waste, for instance by replacing disposable cups with multiuse personalised glasses, book exchange, switching
to unpackaged products, etc.
- Educational Establishment: Waste prevention in the canteen – Collège Jules
To raise students’ awareness about the challenges of food waste, pupils spent
time in the kitchen with the school catering team, weighed their meals, visited
an organic garden and a fish farm, and were presented with the food equivalent of
a week's worth of waste.
- Other: The zoo improves the Earth – Barcelona Zoological Park (Catalonia,
The Barcelona zoo placed composting bins in various areas of the zoo for
pedagogical and educational use, implemented trainings for animal keepers, and
organised school visits so that the pupils could learn about the composters and
the entire closed cycle of the zoo's organic material. https://vimeo.com/59505397
- The Jury’s special prize: The paper orchestra – Oviedo
School of Music (Asturias, Spain)
The jury granted a special award to this school of music for their
creativity in making music instruments with waste material (in particular paper
Other actions implemented during the EWWR 2012 were also inspiring and
worth attention. Among the runners-up (two per each category of Project
Developers), the jury highlighted actions on “give box” and clean ecological
products in Brussels, composting in Bulgaria, less packaging in IKEA stores in
Sweden, and community cooking in Oxfordshire. For more information about the awards
winners and finalists, the complete press file is available on the EWWR
website: www.ewwr.eu/press (Press Area)
The EWWR extends to recycling awareness
Ever since it was launched in 2009, the EWWR has seen a tremendous increase
in activity in all respects: more initiatives, more territories and more participants
implementing over 25,000 actions within the four editions of the Week. This shows
the growing success of the EWWR in Europe (and beyond), as well as the
increasing interest in how to reduce the amount of waste we put in our garbage
bins every day.
Within four years, the EWWR has succeeded to involve Project Developers in
27 countries, coordinated by 35 Organisers, in cooperation with the EWWR Technical
Secretariat. It also contributed to creating a lively network of public
authorities and stakeholders acting in the field of waste prevention at
national, regional or local level, and sharing their expertise and best
practices to reduce waste. EWWR has become the
waste and resource event in Europe.
In 2013, the Week is ready to capitalise on its success, and extend to cover
selective collection and recycling, even though in the past it focused
exclusively on waste prevention. This extension will help to involve more
actors and countries, and to raise people’s awareness on preserving material
resources and reducing waste.
The next EWWR edition will take place between 16 and 24 November 2013. Everyone interested in joining is
The European Week for Waste Reduction was launched in 2009 with the support of the LIFE+
Programme of the European Commission. The aim of the
European Week for Waste Reduction is to put forward the concept of waste
prevention, reuse and recycling during one week, by coordinating
awareness-raising actions organised by a variety of actors.
The Week is
coordinated at European level by the Association of Cities and Regions for
Recycling and Sustainable Resource Management (ACR+), the international network
of public authorities committed to promoting sustainable waste and resource
management and acting as EWWR Technical Secretariat, in cooperation with
several national and regional organisations.
More information about the Week:
www.ewwr.eu and firstname.lastname@example.org