European week for waste reduction begins


Over the next 7 days, countries across the European Union will undertake activities to show off the benefit of waste reduction.

The aim of the week is to increase awareness about how we can change habits in Europe, and also to encourage debate on issues of resource efficiency and the circular economy.


Coordinated by the Association of Cities and Regions for Recycling and Waste Management (ACR+) and supported by the EU’s LIFE+ programme, it now covers 17 countries including three non-EU nations.

Environment Commissioner Janez Potočnik said: “There is enormous potential in reusing and recycling waste. We are making great progress in moving up the waste hierarchy…reducing landfilling and increasing recycling.

“Grassroots initiatives like the European Week of Waste Reduction are an important way of involving everyone in the creation of a zero-waste society.”

Running from 16 to 24 November, activities will seek to target administrations and associations, businesses, schools and individual citizens.

Activities will take place in Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Luxembourg, Malta, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Iceland.