Each action submitted must fulfil criteria in order to be recognised as an official EWWR action.
The action must be an innovative and relevant awareness-raising and/or self-commitment action (for citizens), and has to take place during the annual edition of the EWWR.
Nature of the Action Developer
Any organisation or citizen that is interested in organising an awareness-raising action during the EWWR can participate as an Action Developer.
- Public administration and organisation
- Association/NGO, and body/organisation of public interest
- Educational establishment
Action Developers register their proposals for EWWR actions through the national, regional or local Coordinator covering their area. Find out more on how to be an Action Developer.
Dates of Action
The action must take place exclusively during the annual edition of the EWWR: in 2020, the EWWR will take place from 21-29 of November (inclusive).
However, the action may also showcase (or be the result of) actions that have taken place prior to EWWR.
Themes of actions
The actions implemented in the EWWR address the “3Rs”: Reduce waste, Reuse products, Recycle material. The “3Rs” represent the options which should be considered first when elaborating a waste management strategy.
- Reduce: Strict avoidance & reduction at source: Raise awareness about the urgency of reducing the quantity of waste we produce by giving advice on how to avoid or reduce waste at source as well as promoting more sustainable consumer behaviour
- Reuse: Preparing for reuse & reuse: Remind the participants that products can have a second life, encourage the repair and reuse of items, and promote the donation of products no longer needed
- Recycle: Waste sorting & recycling: Help people to improve their waste sorting behaviour by explaining how to close the loop of material resources or organising visits to sorting and recycling facilities
Furthermore, Action Developers can propose clean-up activities as actions (see Let’s Clean Up Europe! for our spring campaign). These actions aim to attract the attention of the public and media on the amount of waste that is littered in nature by collecting illegally dumped waste in forests, beaches, and other places.
Projects dealing entirely or partly with another theme than those mentioned above will be automatically refused. For example, actions related to ‘Waste to Energy’ are not accepted.
Annual Thematic Focus
Every edition of the European Week for Waste Reduction has its own Thematic Focus (formely known as Prevention Thematic Days). The Thematic Focus present a series of actions focusing on specific topics related to waste prevention. This will give a special emphasis on the first two Rs: Reduce and Reuse. The previous editions of the EWWR focused on the following topics:
- 2013: Reuse
- 2014: Stop Food Waste
- 2015: Dematerialisation
- 2016: Packaging waste reduction
- 2017: Reuse & Repair - Give It A New Life
- 2018: Hazardous Waste Prevention - Time to detox!
- 2019: Waste education and communication - Change your ways, Reduce your waste!
Commitments of the Action Developer Action Developers must undertake the following commitments:
- EWWR actions will be undertaken by Action Developers who can be clearly identified
- Actions must be registered and officially validated by the EWWR Coordinator covering the area where the action is taking place. Find your Coordinator
- The validated EWWR action will be carried out in respect of the law and regulations of the country where it will take place and will obtain the permission necessary for its correct proceeding.
- The action will seek to promote and encourage positive actions and gestures.
- The action will be performed in a spirit of openness and cooperation and not in a militant or combative manner.
- The action will not be used to serve a political or religious purpose and will not be in breach of good morals.
- The action will be non-profit and participation will be free.
- Under no circumstances shall the EWWR action be focused on a product or a brand.
- The EWWR logo will only be used in the framework of the validated EWWR action; the right of use of the logos is restricted to this action.
- Unless mentioned differently on the registration form, the validated EWWR action will not be entered into the review and selection process for the EWWR awards.