Actions in 2017

The European Week for Waste Reduction

17-25 November 2018

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The European Week for Waste Reduction (EWWR) is an initiative aiming to promote the implementation of awareness-raising actions about sustainable resource and waste management during a single week.

It encourages a wide range of audiences (public authorities, private companies, civil society as well as citizens themselves) to get involved.

The last edition took place between 18 and 26 November 2017. Find out what actions took place in your area by exploring our database.

The next edition will take place from 17 to 25 November 2018!

Thematic Focus 2017

Thematic Focus 2017

Reuse and repair: Give it a new life!

The Thematic Focus for 2017 was about one of the easiest but very important ways to prevent waste: reuse with a twist of repair! Behind this topic is the need to shift from a throw-away attitude towards more appreciation for products and the resources used. In 2017, the EWWR showed you how easy it is to find value in something you thought had become useless. Remember that what feels like an end is very often a new beginning!

To highlight this topic and to support EWWR Action Developers to implement actions addressing it, a number of tools were made available.

Read about the topics of the previous years here and stay tuned to discover the new Thematic Focus for 2018!

Commit yourself!

Commit yourself!

We have developed a motivational online tool that encourages citizens all around the world to adopt specific behaviours towards sustainable resource management. By commiting yourself through www.ewwrcommitment.eu, you too can contribute to reducing the amount of waste that is overwhelming for our environment.

The principle is simple: you can choose from 14 good habits, for example composting or avoiding overpackaged products, and pledge that you will adhere to this attitude.
This simple action permits engagement from citizens also outside Europe and beyond the time frame of EWWR.

The aim is to reach as many citizens as possible to raise awareness about the easy steps that can be made to reduce the waste we produce.

Commit yourself and join the waste reducers community!

3Rs and a clean-up

3Rs and a clean-up

The actions implemented in the EWWR are addressing the “3Rs”: Reduce waste, Reuse products, Recycle material. 
The “3Rs” represent the options which should be considered first when elaborating a waste management strategy.

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The EWWR International Conference and Awards 2016!

Find out more about the EWWR Awards!

Best Practice of the Month

Best Practice of the Month

Read about our winner for the month of June 2018!