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from 19 to 27 November 2022?

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How to participate in the EWWR

Don’t hesitate and take part in the EWWR! There are three ways of participating:

If you are a public authority, an association/NGO, a business, an educational establishment, another body or an individual citizen and you are interested in carrying out an awareness-raising action on waste reduction, reuse, recycling or a clean-up during next EWWR

If you are an individual or a group and you are interested in participating in an action taking place during the EWWR, find out about actions taking place close to your home.

If you are a public authority competent in the field of waste prevention and you are interested in coordinating the Week in your area

How to participate (Flow Chart)

take part as an ACTION DEVELOPER

Because every action counts! Organise and carry out actions on waste prevention, reuse or recycling, with the aim of informing as many people as possible.

EWWR actions take very different forms. Conferences, contests, information booths and exhibitions are just some examples. Looking for inspiration? Visit the Ideas’ Hub.

To become an action developer, simply register your action on the EWWR website. Action developers are classified into five categories:

  • Public administration and organisation
  • Association/NGO and body/organisation of public interest
  • Business/industry
  • Educational establishment
  • Citizen(s)

Action developers must commit to a number of principles laid out in the Action Developers’ Participation Charter. Don’t hesitate to contact your local coordinator for more information.

The paper orchestra – Oviedo School of Music (Asturias, Spain), EWWR 2012


Register your action

Registrations are now closed! 

Check the database of actions to explore the activities that took place during the latest edition.

Registrations for EWWR 2022 will open in September 2022.


Apply for the EWWR Awards

Did you know that you may even win an award for your EWWR action? Don’t forget to apply when filling in the registration form! 

There are five awards for each action category, plus a European Special Prize for the action that best shows a spirit of European cooperation.


Check out our communication tools

A wide range of tools is available to help you promote your action and support you in the organisation. Discover them!

GENERAL EWWR TOOLS (posters, leaflets, information boards & more)


Participate in our trainings

Several training sessions are held every year to support action developers. Find out more about the upcoming trainings and check out the recordings of previous sessions.

PARTICIPATE in an action!

If you don’t want to organise an action yourself or you didn’t have the chance to do it on time, you can always participate by exploring the existing actions, get in touch with the organisers and join them.

Or maybe you are just curious about what is going on during the EWWR this year!




Here you can find all the actions registered for the latest edition of the EWWR.


Contact your EWWR coordinator

If you wish to get involved in any other way, you can contact the EWWR coordinator responsible for the campaign in your area.

take part as a COORDINATOR

Coordinators of the European Week for Waste Reduction are public authorities that have competences in the field of waste management. They act as coordinators of the EWWR at the level of competence they represent in their country. As such, they are responsible for promoting the EWWR on their territory. Furthermore, they ensure the registration, validation and coordination of actions proposed by action developers.

Public authorities can also delegate these tasks to an associate organisation officially appointed to represent them. For countries, regions or areas that are not covered by a national, regional or local coordinator, the EWWR Secretariat acts as coordinator. EWWR coordinators of this year’s edition of the EWWR are listed in the list of coordinators.




To become a coordinator, you should sign the Coordinators’ Commitment Charter and send it to the EWWR Secretariat ( By signing the charter, coordinators officially adhere to the objectives of the EWWR, as well as various commitments in the framework of the project.
For more information about the role of a coordinator you can contact the EWWR Secretariat.


Check the list of coordinators

Is someone already coordinating the EWWR in your area? Contact them and start a collaboration!


Network with public authorities around Europe and beyond

By becoming a coordinator, you will have a unique chance to network and exchange expertise with other public authorities in the waste management sector.


Participate in virtual trainings

The EWWR Secretariat regularly organises training sessions to support coordinators in setting up and implementing the campaign locally. Check out the upcoming training sessions or watch the recording of previous ones.

Lots of actions…

two easy ways to browse them:

Thematic Focus

Every year, the EWWR focuses on a different aspect of waste prevention in order to draw attention to high impact areas related to our unsustainable consumption habits as a society. 

Check out our themes over the years:

Circular and Sustainable Textiles

2021: Circular communities

2020: Invisible waste

2019: Waste education and communication: Change your ways, Reduce your waste!

2018: Hazardous Waste Prevention: Time to detox!

2017: Reuse & Repair: Give it a new life!

2016: Packaging waste

2015: Dematerialisation: doing more with less

2014: Stop food waste

2013: Reuse

While we encourage action developers to focus on the theme of each year’s campaign, actions that concern other waste reduction aspects are welcome and can be implemented during the EWWR even if they are not in line with the thematic focus.

Circular communities

2021 Theme

A single little fish on the ocean has very few possibilities to get safe from a shark’s attack. For this, little fish get together creating a big shape made of hundreds of them. Combining their bodies and strengths is the only way to survive and tackle such a big threat. The incessant waste production is one of the biggest threats that our society and our planet are facing. The fight against it is again a shared responsibility among all humans. As for the little fish, the collaboration is the only key. Several success stories of community participation across Europe have strengthened the view of governments and local authorities that they cannot work in isolation and require active participation of citizens and local communities’ stakeholders to prevent waste.

This year, the European Week for Waste Reduction challenges you to act together to shape circular communities aimed to prevent the waste production. These difficult times have highlighted the role that small communities can play in the transition towards sustainable consumption and production patterns. All organisations (non-governmental organisations, grassroots movements, businesses, educational establishments, public authorities), as well as individual citizens that provide waste prevention, takeback, reuse, recycling and composting services should be involved in order to achieve zero waste targets.

Jump on board for a less-waste world!

The key word is collaboration among individuals or groups of people to imagine and build together communities based on the circular economy approach all around Europe and beyond! These uncertain times showed us the importance of human contact but, most of all, the power that people have in changing daily habits. The circular approach needs to be spread at local level reaching houses, offices, schools, factories, markets, city halls, local organisations, farms, etc.

The thematic focus refers to the need that individual citizens and the wider community are engaged, invested, and see local value and benefit in pursuing zero waste and circular activities. Promotion of circular economy and a zero-emission society will necessitate a change of consumption and production patterns that go well beyond climate action alone. There is a full ecological transition that needs to be led and owned by the communities if we want it to succeed. A sense of solidarity and collaboration is needed among individuals believing in a society that stops producing waste and, which act together to promote a circular economy and reach a sustainable development, by maintaining a good balance between the underlying environmental, social and economic pillars. Small, local, just, inclusive and circular communities can play a great role in pushing Europe towards a sustainable future.

  • We choose reuse campaign, promoted by the global #breakfreefromplastic movement envisioning a future free from plastic pollution.
  • Urban mining: when communities reject the throw-away economy, the story of a Belgian creative lab and community of upcyclers extracting precious resources from urban waste and giving products a second life.
  • Right to Repair, an European campaign supported by community repair groups, environmental activists, social economy actors, self repair advocates and any citizens, to demand to make the repair easier.
  • CECI good practices, an Interreg Europe project to develop the local and regional cooperation between various actors and at the same time to support the regions to generate circular economy strategies where citizens play a key role.

Thematic focus 2021


From 29 April to 27 November

Let’s Clean Up Europe

A European Clean-Up!
Every year, millions of tonnes of litter end up in oceans, beaches, forests and elsewhere in nature. The primary causes of this littering issue are our society’s unsustainable production and consumption patterns, poor waste management strategies and a lack of awareness of citizens.

Do you want to be part of the solution?
The Let’s Clean Up Europe (LCUE) campaign is active throughout all European countries.

By implementing clean-up actions, you contribute to solving the littering problem but you also raise awareness about the amount of waste produced, the importance of waste prevention and waste reduction! Clean-up actions can be communicated under the LCUE flag!

The LCUE 2022 will be on from 29 April to 27 November!

Are you ready to join this new edition of Let’s Clean Up Europe! (LCUE)? Last year, the campaign welcomed more that 1.200 clean-up and plogging actions all around Europe! Citizens, volunteers, and all kind of stakeholders took their part by collecting waste in our priceless Planet. LCUE is about raising awareness, community, and fun! It is not our litter, but it is our Home, and we need to cherish it all together.

Read the Press Release!

This edition is again extended and it is possible to register an action from 29 April to 27 November 2022 to allow all the European countries to adapt the clean-up activities to the local weather and the Covid19 restrictions.

For the second time, it is possible to organize plogging actions – a sport practice that combines run and abandoned waste collection. Discover how to organise a great plogging initiative! Read the guidelines.

Check the actions that are being implemented on the map.


How to organise a clean-up action?

  • Identify the problematic place to clean, then get your contacts on board and register your action. If you want to go big you can set up a team and find some support or sponsors.
  • On the clean-up day it’s time for action! Gather your team and start collecting litter, sorting it as much as possible! Share ideas about the 3Rs: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. We also have a LCUE factsheet with more details and ideas.
  • Get more visibility by using our communication tools! You can download them here!
  • Take pictures and videos of the event, share them on social networks (Facebook and Twitter) using the hashtag #cleanupeurope and send them to

Come and join us!
Follow us on social media @LCUEofficial and @LetsCleanUpEU to get the latest updates and to see more inspiring ideas!

Who is coordinating LCUE 2022?
In 2020, the International Association for Environmental Communication in Italy (AICA)  acted as a central coordinator for most territories. The contact information is below:
Facebook: @LCUEofficial
Twitter: @LetsCleanUpEU, @EnviInfo

There are also regional coordinators:

Catalonia | Coordinator: ARC – Agència de Residus de Catalunya
Facebook: @residuscat
Twitter: @residuscat
Contact: Mireia Padros
Please note that this coordinator has a separate registration form, which can be accessed on its website.

Balearic Islands | Coordinator: Environment Ministry of the Balearic Islands Government

Greece | Coordinator: HELMEPA – Environmental Awareness Center
Contact: Eleni Tsolka