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The 14th edition of the EWWR collects more than 16,000 actions on reduce, reuse, recycle and clean-ups all over Europe and beyond!  

​​The European Week for Waste Reduction (EWWR) is ready to launch another intensive week of awareness-raising activities from 19 to 27 November 2022. For its 14th edition, 16129 actions related to waste reduction, product reuse, repair, materials recycling, as well as clean-ups will be carried out across 30 countries in Europe and beyond.

The EWWR is a leading international campaign promoting waste prevention during a single week in November. It brings together participants from various backgrounds and sectors – schools, public administrations, companies, NGOs but also citizens – to organise awareness-raising actions at different levels: local, regional, national, and even international. The objective of these actions is to change the behaviour surrounding consumption and production patterns and waste generation habits with the aim of contributing to reaching waste reduction and climate neutrality targets.

​​The transition to circular and sustainable textiles

The 14th edition of the European Week for Waste Reduction explores the topic of Circular and Sustainable Textiles, analysing the impact that the textile sector has on our planet and society. It inspires not only citizens as consumers to take action by, for instance, changing their way of using and buying clothes, but also public authorities, private companies and NGOs to be protagonists in the transition to a more circular textile industry by promoting, supporting and guiding new solutions of production, use, disposal, and reuse of the textile.

Luca Menesini, President of the Province of Lucca and CoR rapporteur on the EU Strategy for Sustainable and Circular Textiles, said: “the European Committee of the Regions is preparing an opinion on the EU Strategy for Sustainable and Circular Textiles that will include considerations on reducing waste, decreasing the burden on local and regional communities that have to collect and manage it.”

Chiel Berends, European Commission, said: “there is significant potential to reduce textile waste. The actions organised during the EWWR lead the way.”

The textile and clothing industry is one of the most polluting sectors, together with housing, transport, and food. This is caused by the strong impact it has on land use, water pollution, and even greenhouse emissions. This sector has a high environmental and social impact in every phase: from production to distribution, use, and after-use (collection, sorting, recycling, and final waste management, which is most of the time related to incineration and landfilling). A change is needed! And the EWWR wants to be part of this transition.

The EWWR Steering Committee

The European Week for Waste Reduction is led by the EWWR Steering Committee. Its members are: ACR+ (Association of Cities and Regions for sustainable Resource management), ADEME (Agency of the ecological transition, France), Bruxelles Environnement-Leefmilieu Brussel (Belgium), EMWR (The Eastern-Midlands Regional Waste Office, Ireland), ARC (Catalan Waste Agency, Spain), AICA (Associazione Internazionale per la Comunicazione Ambientale, Italy), the European Commission, the European Committee of the Regions, Lipor (Intermunicipal waste management of Greater Porto, Portugal), the Environment Directorate of the Principality of Monaco, VKU (German Association of Local Utilities, Germany), Balearic Islands (Ministry of the Environment and Territory, Spain), EIT Circular Economy Community (consists of five Knowledge and Innovation Communities – or “KICs” – namely EIT RawMaterials, EIT Climate-KIC, EIT Food, EIT Manufacturing and EIT Urban Mobility), and Wasteserv Malta Ltd (Malta).

Background information:

For more information on the EWWR 2022, please consult the comprehensive Press File.

Discover the exciting upcoming actions in and get involved by joining one that is organised near you.

To discover more about the evaluation criteria and the prize click here.

Contact: ENVE secretariat​​

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