Ideas for Activities

The aim of the EWWR is to increase public awareness by promoting actions that demonstrate waste reduction.

In this section you will find examples of activities focused on waste reduction (awareness-raising on themes such as: production of waste linked to economic activity, making purchases, consumption, reuse, etc).

Activities can be carried out by a range of different Project Developers (administrations or public authorities, associations/NGOs, businesses/industry, educational establishments, etc.).

Of course you will probably need to adapt these ideas for activities to suit your target audience and local context!

A detailed activity kit featuring descriptive suggestions for activities (theme, target audience, etc) will be available for the 2010 edition of the EWWR, based on the outcomes of the 2009 edition.

Do you have any other ideas for activities? These suggestions for waste reduction awareness-raising activities are just some examples…Feel free to use your imagination to come up with new ideas for activities…


Activities for public authorities and associations

Too much waste:

  • Inform/highlight the environmental, social and economic impact of waste, and the need to reduce waste.
  • Organise a visit to an area centred on the problem of waste and its reduction
  • Bring local actors together on a project (schools, businesses, industry, etc)
  • Organise a conference with its members (a discussion).
  • Produce and publish reports on Youtube, Facebook, etc.
  • Organise courses (for example: course on anti-packaging for food and kitchen), workshops
  • Organise visits to sites (composting, social economy, restoration workshops on buildings, electrical goods or general repairs, etc), followed by a discussion
  • Organise a picnic without waste
  • Organise activity or demonstration stalls at weekly or thematic markets, during festivals or thematic exhibitions, etc.
  • Organise “unpacking” at the cash register exit
  • Develop exhibitions based on the activities and/or the results obtained
  • Organise a competition
  • Organise the showing of a film followed by a discussion
  • Publish awareness raising and information tools

Better consumption:

  • Organise an activity on shopping trolley comparisons (more or less packaging)
  • Organise a demonstration activity on reusable nappies
  • Organise a “Water Bar” activity (blindfold tasting of various water, including tap water)
  • Organise promotion activity for No Junk Mail stickers

A longer life for products:

  • Organise collections with the aim of reuse (or welcome organisations carrying out this work)
  • Organise second hand/swap markets…
  • Organise workshops on the transformation of well worn objects (musical instruments, rags, dolls, etc)/decorations, etc.
  • Organiser a repair workshop for bikes, small repairs (sewing, etc)

Less waste thrown away:

  • Initiate community composting, organise visits to a site,…
  • Organise cooking course in order to accommodate leftovers
  • Organise workshops on the reading of labels (use by dates, consume by dates,…)

Activities for businesses/industry

Too much waste:

  • Develop actions that deal with the customers (expo in a shop, shopping trolley comparisons, competitions, …)
  • Raise awareness among the staff 5by exhibitions, info kiosks, activities, conferences,…)
  • Organise an activity stall for the public
  • Encourage producers
  • Publish awareness raising, information tools, etc.

Better production:

  • Organise a waste reduction action in the office (particularly paper, print with less paper)
  • Organise a packaging reduction action (reusable packaging,…)
  • Develop an action that deals with the eco-design of products and their packaging (show the results of efforts, launch an new eco-designed product,…)
  • Organise an optimisation action on the production chain in order to reduce dumping

Better consumption:

For customers

  • Develop a promotion action for reusable shopping bags
  • Initiate an “eco-citizen loyalty card”, which rewards eco-behaviour
  • In supermarkets, develop information panels for “less waste” products (focused, rechargeable, bulk ,products or packaging that is recyclable, large packaging for non perishable food products, condiment containers, flasks,…)
  • Hand out a shopping lists to customers to avoid unnecessary purchases (for businesses/industry with large distribution)

In businesses/industry:

  • Adopt a policy of sustainable purchases for office supplies, production lines, the kitchen,…
  • Install water coolers
  • Install coffee machines that accept mugs instead of plastic cups

A longer life for products:

  • Organise the donation of old computers, furniture,… to social economy, schools
  • Initiate the recuperation of packaging, cool boxes,…
  • Recuperate, during the disposal of archives, folders and ring binders, that could be reused or donated to communal schools
  • Organise a product repair activity fro promoting repairs

Less waste thrown away:

  • Develop a waste reduction in cooking project (preparation and consumption)
  • Begin composting, promoting composting,…

Activities for educational establishments

Too much waste:

  • Interact with and question children on their waste production and their actual awareness of their  daily school (and after school) activities
  • Conduct a brainstorming on the means of reducing waste in school
  • Organise a visit to a site that deals with the problem of waste and its reduction (composting site, repair shed, second hand shop,…)
  • Bring together local actors on a project (schools, businesses/industry,…)
  • Organise a conference, show a film, followed by a discussion
  • Produce and publish reports on Youtube, Facebook, etc.
  • Put together an exhibition of activities and/or the results obtained for the parents/local residents

Better consumption:

  • Organise a promotional action on ecological school material
  • Organise activities in school restaurants
  • Promote the tasting of less packaged food

A longer life for products:

  • Organise collections with the aim of reuse
  • Organise DIY activities reusing recuperateded material, make an exhibition

Less waste thrown away:

  • Launch a challenge for the reduction of paper consumption: reuse of single-side-printed paper (reuse bin), use both side printing, put up “No Junk Mail” stickers, printing management, use of manuals
  • Launch a project that tackles food packaging
  • Begin composting


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Case studies

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