The European Week for Waste Reduction rewards its best actions implemented in 2022

The annual EWWR Awards Ceremony took place on 1 June in Dublin and revealed the names of the most outstanding awareness-raising actions on waste reduction implemented in November 2022. Hugh Coughlan, Regional Coordinator at Dublin City council, Luca Menesini, member of the European Committee of the Regions, and Françoise Bonnet, Secretary General at ACR+, opened the ceremony and welcomed the 70 participants present in the hall, and the nearly 50 participants who followed the ceremony online, to this great celebration of the European Week for Waste Reduction. Maria López Modesto, communications officer at MedWaves, introduced participants to the Euro-Med Weeks for Waste Reduction (EMWWR) and presented the winners actions of this 1st edition of the EMWWR. Afterwards, we met the finalists and discovered the winners of the 2022 edition, as well as the next steps of the campaign. Finally, we presented the new thematic focus of the new edition: “Packaging”.

“It is an honour to close the Circular Economy Hotspot in Dublin by showcasing and sharing the best circular initiatives from a range of sectors in our society and especially in the topic of textiles.” Hugh Coughlan, Dublin City council.


EWWR Coordinators


Six winners were awarded, one in each of the following categories: publication administration and organisation, business/industry, association/NGO, educational establishment, citizens, as well as a European Special Prize for the action that showcased the collaboration among European countries and regions, Catalonia, Balearic Islands and France in this case.

“We need to act at the source, to avoid waste production, and this applies not only to textiles, but to all materials. Excessive waste generation is the real elephant in the room.”Luca Menesini, European Committee of the Regions.

Audience of the EWWR 2022 Awards

As a recognition, the winners received the EWWR trophies crafted in Dublin by Rediscovery Centre, the National Centre for the Circular Economy in Ireland. A creative movement connecting people, ideas and resources to support greener low-carbon living.

Trophies of the EWWR 2022 Awards – by Rediscovery Centre

For the third year in a row, the EWWR Secretariat awarded an additional action voted by those who attended the Ceremony in person and online. The best action for the EWWR audience will receive as a special prize a tree planted in an area experiencing the dangerous phenomenon of desertification, named after the winning action.

“We are witnessing the birth of a circular economy where nothing is waste and everything is reused, reduced, and recycled. It is a truly remarkable shift in our thinking and our approach to sustainable life living. During the EWWR 2022, we have seen extraordinary examples of creativity, innovation, and commitment to waste reduction from all corners of Europe.” Franc Bogovič, European Parliament

Here are the winners of the EWWR 2022 per category:

• In the public administration and organisation category, the winner is the Bergische Kostümbörse – Give your costume a 2nd session! implemented by Bergischer
Abfallwirtschaftsverband in Lindlar (Germany).

• In the business/industry category, the winner is RE-THEATER implemented by Kecskeméti Katona József Nemzeti Színház in Kecskemét (Hungary).

• In the association/NGO category, the winner is Fashion Forever Festival implemented by Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful.

• In the educational establishment category, the winner is Acoustic Panels from recycled material, implemented by St. George British International School in Leioa (Spain).

• In the citizen(s) category, the winner is Repair Café Talheim, implemented by District Office Heilbronn, waste management division in cooperation with the Citizens and LebensWerkstatt Talheim (Germany).

• In the European special prize category, the winner is Eurotextil circular, implemented by Euroregion Pyrenees Mediterranean in Spain and France.

• During the Ceremony, the audience selected Mar de Peces as The best action for the EWWR audience, implemented by CP Gaspar Melchor de Jovellanos, in Gijón.

For more information, videos and pictures about the EWWR Awards winners and finalists, please have a look at our comprehensive press file.