Improving waste management practices though a voluntary
grouping of two local authorities in Northern Ireland.

European Week for Waste Reduction

Take one small step to reduce waste during European Week for Waste Reduction, 19th to the 27th of November 2011.

What is it all about?
The European Week for Waste Reduction week focuses on highlighting waste reduction activities across Europe and raising awareness of ways to reduce our waste. This year it is taking place from the 19th to the 27th of November 2011. There are prizes to be won! Six awards will be handed out to the most outstanding actions: one for each of the five categories plus the Jury’s Favourite Award for the most innovative.

Take Part!
You can take part with your own event by completing the registration form and sending it back to us. Please note the closing date for registration forms is Friday 4th of November by 5pm.

How can I get involved?
In order for your event to be part of the European Week for Waste Reduction it must focus on one or more of the following themes:

1. Too much waste: actions that aim to raise awareness about the urgency of reducing the quantity of waste we produce.
2. Better production: actions that raise awareness about the measures taken up by businesses and industry to reduce the amount of waste generated through their economic activity.
3. Better consumption: actions that aim to make the consumer think carefully about his/her choices; and think about the environment each time a purchase is made.
4. A longer life for products: actions that seek to remind the public that products can have a second life, by reusing them.
5. Less waste thrown away: actions that demonstrate different solutions to avoid having to throw so much in the bin.

Recycling cannot be promoted as part of the week as it strictly focuses on prevention of waste.

Examples of actions:


  • Run a paper campaign to reduce paper consumption in your office
  • Measure food waste generated in restaurants and canteens
  • Engage staff in waste reduction activities, such as swap shops or waste free lunches

Local authorities:

  • Recycling centre interventions for reusable items
  • Office waste campaign
  • Unwanted mail sign up sessions and waste reduction information sessions
  • Swap days for reusable items

Community Groups:

  • Open day
  • Information stands in public places, promoting Love Food Hate Waste, Unwanted Mail, etc


  • Waste free packed lunch competition
  • Craft making day from reused items

Register now!
You will need to register what you plan to do as part of the week with us, as Rethink Waste are organising the week for Northern Ireland. Please fill in the registration form and email it to [email protected]. After we have received your proposal we can then give you resources, such as posters, to help with your event.

For further information on the week visit: or email [email protected].


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