projects come from Greece, Italy and Spain
The annual European Week for Waste Reduction (EWWR) Awards Ceremony took place online on 25 June and revealed the names of the most outstanding awareness-raising actions on waste reduction implemented in November 2019. The European Committee of the regions supports the European Week of Waste Reduction initiative and is a member of its steering committee.
Virginijus Sinkevičius, European Commissioner for Environment, Oceans and Fisheries, opened the ceremony declaring: “The EWWR is as topical as ever, because in the EU waste policy prevention is priority number one. In March, the Commission presented a new action plan for the circular economy, aiming to keep resources in the economy for as long as possible. With sustainable products, more waste prevention and high-quality recycling we are boosting the transition to a circular economy” Virginijus Sinkevičius, European Commission.
Jury member Kata Tüttő, Deputy Mayor of Budapest, said: “I am very proud to represent the European Committee of the Regions in the European Week for Waste Reduction. The challenge of building a sustainable and climate-neutral Europe for our future generations must also go through the transition to a circular economy, with new waste management practices and awareness raising actions. The award finalists show us that this is something we can only do together, as local and regional authorities, civil society organisations, schools, businesses, but first and foremost as individuals, as every person can really make the difference.”
From ACR+, the Association of Cities and Regions for sustainable resource management, Françoise Bonnet, said: “With the 11th edition of the EWWR, once again we can all be proud of the work accomplished: an ever-increasing number of actions carried out, an unwavering commitment from coordinators, may they be public authorities or not… All this makes the EWWR the largest public awareness campaign aiming at reducing our production of waste and making every single one of us a player in a circular economy and the ecological transition.”
Six winners were awarded out of 16 finalists. The winners will receive a trophy crafted in Malta by the hands of a local artist working with recycled wood. The EWWR 2019 Award winners are:
1. Public administration and organisation category – awarded by Kata Tüttő, CoR
National awareness campaign “We all participate in waste reduction” implemented by ERT S.A – the Greek Public Service Broadcasting Corporation in Greece. A nation-wide waste prevention campaign that included, among others, TV shows and spots, radio shows and spots, online promotion, and articles in national publications.
2. Association/NGO category – awarded by Piotr Barczak, EEB
The language of the sea implemented by the network of language schools ACEIAS-ACEIGA-ACCEI-ACIE in Asturias, Spain. A year-long educational project involving thousands of participating students that learned, inside and outside the classroom, about waste prevention and environmental sustainability by tuning into the language of nature.
3. Business/industry category – awarded by Clemens Rosenmayr, Eurochambres
Act different, rethink! implemented by Corporación Alimentaria Peñasanta S.A. (CAPSA) in Asturias, Spain. CAPSA, a nationally recognised dairy company in Spain, overhauled its operations in order to minimise the amount of waste it generates and carried out a broad communication campaign to inform its staff, customers, and suppliers about waste prevention.
4. Educational establishment category – awarded by Gosia Luszczek, FEE
The slow food garden loves the planet, implemented by 246 educational institutions in cooperation with Slow Food in Italy. Spurred by Slow Food International, 246 educational institutions in Italy carried out actions to prevent waste and create stronger bonds between the 21,000 participating students and nature.
5.Citizens category – awarded by Mohammed Chahim, European Parliament
AmbiMapp, your guide to a sustainable lifestyle, implemented by Ambimente in Italy. Grouped under the name Ambimente, some environmentally conscious residents of Treviso launched AmbiMapp, a platform that maps water fountains, eco and repair shops, and other similar venues in the city.
6. European Special Prize category – awarded by Chiel Berends, European Commission
Let’s Celebrate a zero-waste Christmas, implemented by Saint Josep School in Catalonia and its partner schools in Bulgaria, France, Finland, Italy and Romania. In the framework of an Erasmus+ project on the Sustainable Development Goals, students across Europe worked together to create the story of an elf that goes from country to country to discover what a zero-waste Christmas looks like.
The EWWR – A key event in waste prevention
In 2019, the number of actions carried out as part of the EWWR reached a record of 16,570. For its 11th edition, the EWWR put an emphasis on the topic of waste education and communication, under the slogan “Change your ways, reduce your waste”. We are now looking forward to the next EWWR edition from 21 to 29 November 2020, which will focus on invisible waste.