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The EWWR Awards


Our trusted collaborators – our coordinators, volunteers, participants, and supporters – are the heart and soul of the European Week for Waste Reduction (EWWR). In fact, the EWWR is the coming together of passionate, hard-working people fighting for a world with less waste. But in times like these, we must do our part to ensure that Covid-19 is contained. We, like many others, must engage in social distancing. This means that we have to put the Awards Ceremony (originally scheduled for 2 June) on hold for the time being. Once we have news about this, we will update you through our channels.


The annual EWWR Awards Ceremony is organised to reward the most outstanding actions carried out during each edition of the EWWR. Every year, coordinators, action developers, and those interested in the EWWR gather during one day to celebrate the EWWR and its participants. A jury comprising European professionals working in the environmental sector selects finalists and winners among all the many inspiring EWWR actions! The Awards Ceremony is an amazing opportunity to put the spotlight on some of the most committed EWWR action developers.

The EWWR Awards Ceremony

Previous EWWR Awards Ceremonies took place in Brussels (2018 and 2017), Barcelona (2016), Brussels (2015), Budapest (2014) and Rome (2013).

The EWWR rewards one action organised by the following types of action developers

Additionally, a European Special Prize is awarded to the action that best contributes to the European spirit, for instance by enabling cross-country collaboration on waste reduction.

European Waste Reduction Trophy 2010 © F. de Ribaucourt

Selection Process

Action Developers interested in submitting their action for consideration for the EWWR Awards have to indicate so upon registering their action. They are asked to fill in the designated fields related to the qualities of the action(s) they organise. After each edition of the EWWR, EWWR Coordinators then pre-select a maximum of 6 great actions that took place in their area (one per category).

The pre-selection is based on the following criteria:

The Jury

The EWWR jury is composed of professionals working in the environmental sector who are recognised at the European level. They are in charge of examining the shortlisted actions (those pre-selected by the EWWR Coordinators) and of designating a winner in each of the 5 categories, according to the above-mentioned criteria.

Discover the jury for the EWWR Awards 2019:

The EWWR 2016 trophy!
The EWWR 2016 trophies!

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