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European Week For Waste Reduction (EWWR)

Do you get frustrated at the amount of waste you see around you?  Why not get involved in a Europe-wide initiative to raise awareness and encourage action to reduce waste.  

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EWWR 2019 will take place from 16-24 November 2019 and is a great opportunity for you to get involved in reducing waste in your business, community or educational establishment. You could organise an event, promote waste reduction in the office, in the press or on social media, launch a new initiative, do a publicity stunt – or whatever you feel appropriate. 

EWWR takes place each November and highlights waste reduction and raises awareness of what individuals, organisations, schools and businesses can do to reduce their waste by making changes to everyday behaviour. Even the smallest change in our daily lives can make a big difference in our local environment and help Scotland move towards becoming a more sustainable and resource efficient society. The aim of the week is to mobilise actions across Europe that promote the three R’s: reduce, re-use and recycle, encouraging behaviour change and contributing to waste reduction targets.

In 2018, over 14,000 actions took place in 30 countries, ranging from information campaigns, reduce and re-use workshops and events, swap shops, packaging reduction initiatives, food waste reduction events and eco-design competitions, to name a few.   


Do you need some inspiration?

You can find lots of suggestions on the European site and also on the Zero Waste Scotland site. But anything that reduces waste is encouraged – so if you have better ideas, do go ahead and implement them – and let us know – we’d love to hear about them.  



Every year there is an EWWR awards ceremony to reward the most outstanding actions carried out for EWWR. To be considered for an award, you have to register your action on the EWWR website (by 8 November) and meet the following selection criteria:

  • Visibility and communicational aspects
  • Quality of content
  • Originality and exemplarity
  • Lasting impact and follow up. 

You can read more about the awards on the EWWR website. Last year’s winners included a group of medical centres who looked the environmental impact of substances used in their clinics, a community tool library, a school who taught the children to make their own cleaning products and a campaign for sustainable school meals.  The theme for 2019 is 'Waste education and communication' - so pretty much anything goes. So what will you do?



EWWR official resources including banners, email signatures etc are all available to download for free.

Zero Waste Scotland also has a wide range of resources to help:


The week is funded by Life+, a programme of the European Commission, and organised in Europe by ACR+, The Association of Cities and Regions for Recycling and Sustainable Resource Management. Zero Waste Scotland is the official coordinator of the week in Scotland, supported by Scottish Government and European Regional Development Funding. 

And we’d love to see what you’re doing, so do use the hashtag #EWWR2019 and tag Zero Waste Scotland in your posts. 


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