The EWWR Bulletin #3 - May 2015

The European Week for Waste Reduction rewards the best actions implemented in 2014

The EWWR Awards ceremony finally revealed the award winners of the EWWR 2014. The six most outstanding actions implemented during the EWWR 2014 have been selected amongst the 18 finalists, one in each of the categories of Action Developers: Administration/Public Authority, Association/NGO, Business/Industry, Educational Establishment, Citizens, and Others.

The awards ceremony took place in the scope of a two-day congress held on 27-28 May in Budapest: “New approaches to the national waste management”. Closing an interesting day of discussion at the conference “Moving away from landfill & incineration: circular economy in practice”, jointly organised by ACR+ and the Hungarian National Waste Management Directorate (NWMD), the EWWR awards ceremony was the perfect occasion for all conference participants to learn about concrete examples on how to implement circular economy actions on a local level.

The award winners

1. Administration/Public Authority: Food wastage in prison: let's reduce waste there too!Strasbourg detention centre (Alsace, France)Good practice document
2. Association/NGO: Foodwe.org, the food donations platformFoodwe.org (Wallonia, Belgium)Good practice document
3. Business/Industry: United Against Waste ChallengeUnilever Food Solutions (Flanders, Belgium)Good practice document
4. Educational Establishment: 4th One week for waste reduction - 600 clicks for the environmentBethlen Gábor ÚÁG Kincskereső Tagiskolája (Budapest, Central Hungary, Hungary)Good practice document
5. Citizens : A year without waste binsYacine Canamas, (Brussels, Brussels Capital, Belgium)Good practice document
6. Others: Minimisation of uneaten hospital mealsJosé Germans Trias i Pujol Hospital (Badalona, Catalonia, Spain)Good practice document

For more information about the awards winners and finalists please have a look at the complete Press File

Let's Clean Up Europe

Let’s Clean Up Europe 2015

The second edition: another year of success and participation

With more than 3.000 clean-up actions all over Europe and beyond, the second edition of Let’s Clean Up Europe (LCUE) was again a huge success. Raising awareness towards littering, this event occurred from 8 to May 2015, with the opportunity of an extended implementation period from 3 to 17 May 2015 to encourage wider participation.

Like for the EWWR, LCUE events gather all kind of participants: representatives of public authorities, businesses, associations, educational establishments and groups of citizens. Every year, in fact, millions of tonnes of litter end up in the environment. The primary causes are our societies’ unsustainable production and consumption patterns, poor waste management strategies and the lack of awareness of the population. The aim of LCUE is therefore not only to clean rivers, parks or beaches from litter - and therefore to prevent major environmental damages - but also to call on concrete action introducing waste prevention and reduction in our daily lives: the best waste is the one which is not produced!

The great efforts taken by coordinators of the campaign have given important results. Actions have been implemented in, among others: Austria, Andorra, Brussels Capital Region, Bulgaria, Catalonia, Czech Republic, England, Flanders, France, Greece, Comunitat Valenciana, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Northern Ireland, Portugal, Romania, Scotland, Slovenia, Sweden, The Netherlands, Turkey and Wales. This year, also Tunisia joined Let’s Clean Up Europe with its first action: an intense clean-up that saw the participation of a Primary School class in Degache.

National or regional coordinators act as a contact point for anyone interested in organizing a LCUE clean-up action and provide volunteers with support, communication material and the famous LCUE flags which wave during the actions.

Let’s Clean Up Europe 2015 has been very “social”: pictures and videos of LCUE actions can be found online on Facebook (Let's Clean Up Europe – Official) and Twitter (@LetsCleanUpEU) or following the hashtag #cleanupeurope!

The winners of the EWWR Photo contest are announced

From the 1st to the 30th of April, every Action Developer of the EWWR 2014 could send its best picture to the EWWR Secretariat via Facebook messenger to participate in the EWWR Photo contest. People then voted for their favourite pictures via Photo Albums (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Clean-up) dedicated to the contest until the 31st of May.

Determined by the amount of “likes” they got for their photos, one winner per category has been rewarded:

1. Reduce: Mission "Composting" - Lisbon School Of Health Technology - 22-30 November 2014 - Regiment of Commands of Amadora
2. Reuse: Donate a book - St Francis School - 23-25.11.14 - Victoria Gozo
3. Recycle: Waste management - SGPC Floriana Primary - 27.11.14 – Floriana
4. Clean-Up: Clear part of Matosinhos Beach - Externato Padre Cruz - 27.11.2014 - Matosinhos

The EWWR Photo contest is a fantastic chance to reward the best EWWR Actions in an interactive way. It involves the Action developers as well as the whole EWWR community. Of course, it is as well a great opportunity to inspire people on what kind of actions they can implement for the next edition of the EWWR.

A similar contest will be conducted for the second edition of ‘Let’s Clean up Europe’. So make sure to stay tuned and check the LCUE Facebook page in the coming weeks!

EWWR 2015 to focus on dematerialisation: “Doing more with less!”

In the scope of the Prevention Thematic Days, the EWWR 2015 will focus on dematerialisation: ‘Doing more with less’

The consumption of products (including their production, transport and distribution), represents nearly 50% of emissions contributing to climate change. If not transferred into reuse schemes, these products will eventually become waste that needs to be managed. That waste requires more collection and treatment infrastructures, the cost of which puts a strain on the budgets of local and regional public authorities. It is therefore of crucial importance to reduce waste at the source. One way to put this into action is smart consumption: Using less material directly results in less waste being produced and a higher resource efficiency.

What is dematerialisation?

Dematerialisation stands for using less or no material to deliver the same level of functionality to the user. Concretely this includes two aspects:

a) Shift from products to services

Replacing products with services, sharing and borrowing products, and the organisation of group services instead of individual ownerships is one aspect of dematerialisation. In everyday life this could involve you renting tools from your neighbour or colleague, being part in a car sharing network instead of owning a car, listening to music via digital music distribution systems instead of buying CDs, etc.

b) Improved material use

Another aspect of dematerialisation is the absolute or relative reduction in the quantity of materials required to satisfy needs in society. That would include increasing the efficiency of material use (using less materials for a specific function) and substituting materials (exchanging heavy materials with light materials), but also reusing products.

Call for input
If you have successfully implemented awareness-raising actions or campaigns on dematerialisation we would love to hear about it! Your experiences would be very valuable to us in the development of the factsheets and the mentioning of your action as an example will give you Europe-wide visibility! If you would like to send us information about your action, please do so by writing to contact@ewwr.eu until 27 June 2015. Thank you very much!

Find out more:

Prevention Thematic Days
Take part in the EWWR 2015!
PTDs 2015 - Dematerialisation: Doing more with less!

Coordinators’ meeting in Budapest

Before the two-day congress held on 27-28 May in Budapest (New approaches to the national waste management), a Coordinators’ meeting has been organised by the EWWR Secretariat in order to review the past edition of the EWWR, as well as anticipating the edition to come. This was also the occasion to welcome on board all new participating countries of 2014 and 2015, such as Estonia, Germany, and Latvia.

During the meeting, all present Coordinators for the EWWR 2015 had the unique opportunity to meet each other and to exchange experiences and best practices. In this spirit, the meeting started with a feedback round were all Coordinators were reporting on their experiences made during the past editions of the European Week for Waste Reduction and clean-up campaigns, and shared their suggestions for improvement with everyone. The EWWR Secretariat, hosted by ACR+, leading partner of the EWWR project then introduced the new Coordinators to the concept of the EWWR, the general organisation as well as all communication tools provided by the project.

After this first opening session, the meeting focused on the role that Coordinators play in preparing and organising the EWWR 2015. This was also the perfect occasion for all Coordinators to discuss very practical issues of the registration process, the validation of actions or the selection of award nominees. Furthermore the EWWR project partners and experienced Coordinators shared their insights in how to obtain technical or financial support and how to communicate about the event.

The meeting was closed with a workshop session where all participants discussed issues such as how to encourage closer cooperation between the Coordinators, how to ensure the survival of the EWWR after the end of the LIFE funding and how to promote more strongly the promotion of the European idea in each country.

The EWWR Coordinators meeting was perceived as very valuable by both experienced and new EWWR Coordinators who are taking a lot of new information with them and are now even more enthusiastic to get started on the organisation of the EWWR 2015.

The EWWR Technical Secretariat as well as the whole partnership would furthermore like to thank all participants very warmly – your feedback and suggestions are extremely valuable to us!

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