European Waste Reduction Week – 21st – 29th November
The European Week for Waste Reduction (EWWR) encourages all Europeans to carry out awareness-raising actions about sustainable resource and waste management during a single week in November. This year it is between November 21st and November 29th.
Reduce – Strict avoidance and reduction at source
Reduce means using fewer resources. It includes strict avoidance as well as reduction at source. Waste reduction can be defined as the complete range of measures and actions taken up before a substance, material or product becomes waste.
Ideas for action
- Information campaigns
- Reduce the use of resources
- Reduce packaging
- Reduce food waste
Reuse and preparing for reuse
Reuse means any operation by which products or components that are not waste are used again for the same purpose for which they were conceived.
Preparing for reuse refers to checking, cleaning or repairing recovery operations, by which products or their components that would have become waste are prepared in a way so that they will be reused without any other pre-processing.
Ideas for action
- Collection for reuse: Organise the collection of clothes, books, tools, furniture, electronics or other items to donate them to social enterprises, schools or reuse organisations
- Swap events
- Second-hand markets
- Creative reuse workshops/exhibitions/fashion shows
- Repair café/workshop/event
- Give box
- Reused packaging
- Office supply reuse action
Waste sorting recycle
Recycling means any recovery operation taking place after collection and by which waste materials are reprocessed into products, materials or substances whether for the original or other purposes. It includes the reprocessing of organic material but does not include energy recovery and the reprocessing into materials that are to be used as fuels or for backfilling operations.
Ideas for actions
- Exhibition or information booth to inform about the environmental, social and economic impact of waste, particularly about incineration and landfill, and the need to waste sorting and recycling;
- Developing easily understandable sorting guides for households and distribute them amongst your target audience;
- Introduce waste sorting at work, in schools, in public spaces (supported by sorting games);
- Screening of awareness-raising movies about waste and resource scarcity, followed by a discussion and concrete everyday tips for the audience;
- Site visits at recycling and composting sites, followed by a discussion;
- Movie competition on raising-awareness for the necessity of waste sorting and recycling;
- Recycling workshop/competition
For more detailed ideas visit the EWWR get inspired page!
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