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Record number of actions registered for EWWR 2018

For the 10th edition of the European Week for Waste Reduction (EWWR), which took place from 17 to 25 November 2018, a new record of 14,347 actions related to waste reduction, product reuse and materials recycling, as well as clean-ups were carried out across 30 countries in Europe and beyond. This new edition is another success showing that over the past 10 years the EWWR has gone from strength to strength, with a steady increase in the number of actions, countries, coordinators, and action developers. This year the EWWR even reached Morocco and saw the first actions implemented there, thanks to the involvement of Rabat Municipality as a coordinator.

Each year, the EWWR offers a special focus on waste prevention via the Thematic Focus. For this edition, the chosen topic was “Hazardous Waste Prevention: Time to Detox!”. Hazardous waste poses a greater risk to our health and our environment when compared to other types of waste. Thus, it is even more important to reduce our consumption of products with hazardous contents as well as make sure that they are properly disposed of. 100 million tonnes of hazardous waste are generated each year, a fifth of which comes from households. That is why this year the EWWR encouraged Action Developers to think about ways to detox and diminish the use of such products in their nearest surroundings such as bathrooms, kitchens, sheds and garages. Discover some of the exciting actions in our 2018 database of actions!

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