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European Week for Waste Reduction 2013

16th – 24th November 2013, Europe

The European Week for Waste Reduction (EWWR) which has been running for the last 5 years will take place from the 16th – 24th November 2013 across many cities in Europe. The EWWR aims to put forward the concept of waste prevention, reuse and recycling activities across Europe, while raising awareness of ways to reduce our waste.

Courtesy of European Commission

The EWWR is a 3 year project supported by the LIFE+ Programme of the European Commission and began in 2009. Since its conception, more than 25,000 awareness raising actions on waste prevention have been implemented through the framework of the EWWR. 2012 saw a new record with 10,793 EWWR actions counted.

The nine-day event is coordinated at European level by the Association of Cities and Regions for Recycling and Sustainable Resource Management (ACR+), the international network of public authorities committed to promoting sustainable waste and resource management and acting as EWWR Technical Secretariat, jointly with several national and regional organisations.

Courtesy of EWWR Secretariat

Some good examples of case studies and good practices of awareness raising actions in the field of waste prevention implemented in the various areas involved in the EWWR compiled  throughout the last number of years are now available here.

To participate in or for more information on what your City is doing for European Waste Recycling Week visit here.

Waste Management and European Green Capital

The selection of the European Green Capital Award is based on 12 environmental indicator areas evaluated by an expert panel. Waste production and management is one of the indicators assessed, and Brussels, finalist of the European Green Capital Award 2015, received very good marks in this area.

The panel highlighted that Brussels has not only made good progress on reducing waste generation per capita (20% reduction since 2000) but its recycling levels have also been improved by the compulsory sorting of household waste which was introduced in 2010 (16% in 2000 to 31% in 2010). The capital of Europe has set a recycling target of 50% for 2020. The city has extended producer responsibility to cover oils and greases, tyres, medication and photographic waste, in addition to streams prescribed under EU Legislation.

For more information on the European Green Capital Award click here.

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