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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 2021 will open in September 2021.


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:

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.

Invisible waste

2020 Theme

Did you know that to manufacture a smartphone weighing less than 200 grams and coming in a small package, an unbelievable 86 kilograms of waste are produced? What you see is not always the true heavyweight… “Invisible waste” refers to the large amount of waste generated during the manufacturing process of products. A big share of invisible waste cannot be recycled and ends up in landfills and incinerators. Along with the waste footprint come also the impact of the Co2 generated and a burdensome cost for climate. For a sustainable production and consumption, products must have a longer service life, be easier to repair and recycle, and ultimately be completely non-toxic the day they are recycled. Increasing product service life reduces the need for new production and thereby the quantity of waste produced through manufacturing.

NEW! Read more about the waste and climate footprint of products in this report published by Avfall Sverige in 2015 and now available in English.

What can I do about it?

This year, the EWWR challenges you to get informed and raise awareness on the huge amount of waste that we all unconsciously generate. We need to make this waste visible in order to make informed decisions when choosing which product to purchase, and take responsibility for our footprint. Producers, consumers, decision-makers, we all can take action to reduce the invisible waste. Extending the life of products by reuse and repair, buying second-hand, renting and sharing products rather than owning them, obtaining an eco-label and joining producer responsibility’s schemes… The list is long!

A set of tools have been developed to support you in learning and communicating about this theme. Do you dare to know what your real weight is?


A handy action set for everyday sustainable living developed by UN Environment and the UnSchool. The toolkit includes videos and infographics on five areas of action that can help achieving the Sustainable Development Goal: food, stuff, mobility, money and leisure. Check out the actions on STUFF and start reducing invisible waste. You can use all the tools to support your EWWR action and/or share them on social media with the hashtags #anatomyofaction #EWWR.

The invisible waste theme was inspired by two national campaigns of EWWR Coordinators:


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.
In its 2020 edition, LCUE joined Let’s Do It! Italy and the cleaning actions were concentrated in the weekend of 19 and 20 September, the dates of the World Clean-up Day 2020.
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 2021 will start soon!

The 2021 edition of Let’s Clean Up Europe has been announced during a webinar on 5 May 2021 at 10

Download here the Agenda and read the Press Release. If you missed the webinar, watch the recording.

This edition will be extended and it will be possible to register an action from 9 May to 28 November 2021 to allow all the European countries to adapt the clean-up activities to the local weather and the Covid19 restrictions.

For the first time, it will be 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 map of the LCUE actions.

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!

Check our Flickr account to see inspiring photos of the clean-up actions along the years!
Let’s Clean-Up Europe 2017
Let’s Clean-Up Europe 2016
Let’s Clean-Up Europe 2015
Let’s Clean-Up Europe 2014

Who is coordinating LCUE 2021?
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 two exceptions to this:

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