EWWR - Top Event of November

The European Week for Waste Reduction (EWWR) takes place from 19.-27.11 in 18 different countries across Europe. Brazil and Dominican Republic also participate. This year there are 7035 active projects.

The European Week for Waste Reduction is a 3 year project supported by the LIFE+ Programme of the European Commission until 2011. It aims to organize multiple actions during a single week, across Europe, that would raise awareness about waste reduction. Each year, the most outstanding actions are rewarded during an awards ceremony in Brussels at the heart of the European institutions.

There are many reasons why this kind of events take place, but the main is to raise awareness about waste reduction strategies and about the policies of the European Union and its Member States on this subject. The events of EWWR are for European citizens who are hoped to participate in actions set up by Project Developers during the Week and learn about the kind of waste reduction habits that they can take up in everyday life. But it is also for those public authorities across Europe that have competence in the field of waste prevention and responded to a Call for Interest launched by the official partners of the project.

European Commission, leading organization behind EWWR, has given mainly 5 different themes for those who are expected to write a project. One of the main aims is to throw away less waste which supports the goal to have longer life for products. That is major improvement for “2nd hand” system. Projects during EWWR also try to achieve better production and consumption. Most of EWWR projects still fight against the problem of having too much waste.

A type of project to fight against waste is a clean-up day. During EWWR these clean-up days will be a rehearsal for the European and global clean-up initiative World Cleanup 2012, that will take place under the coordination of the Let's do it! initiative. In order to publicise their action, the people involved in clean-up days have the chance to map the location of illegally dumped waste on a map developed by the Let's do it! initiative. This World Waste Map will serve as a coordinating and inspiring tool, by showing the situation near one's home and at the same time creating a sense of togetherness when realizing the worldwide scope and the major changes cooperation can create.

Cleanup in Slovenia