The annual EWWR Award Ceremony successfully took place on 25 June jointly organised by ACR+ - also Secretariat of the EWWR - and the European Committee of the Regions. It revealed the names of the most outstanding awareness-raising actions on waste reduction implemented in November 2019.

Virginijus Sinkevičius, European Commissioner for Environment, Oceans and Fisheries, Françoise Bonnet, Secretary-General at ACR+ and Kata Tüttő, member of the European Committee of the Regions and Deputy Mayor of Budapest, Hungary, opened the ceremony and welcomed the participants to this great celebration of the European Week for Waste Reduction.

The two organisers showed their innovative spirit since for the first time the ceremony happened in an online format. Nonetheless, it did not fail to create the usual cheerful atmosphere thanks to the enthusiasm of the participants.

As a recognition, the six winners will shortly receive the EWWR trophies crafted in Malta by the hands of a local artist who works with recycled wood.

The EWWR 2019 Awards winners

Out of the 16 finalists pre-selected by the EWWR Jury in March 2019, six actions were awarded during the ceremony. They 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. Citizen(s) 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.

For more information about the EWWR Awards winners and finalists, please have a look at our comprehensive press file. The video recording of the event will be soon available on the EWWR website.

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. They were registered via 40 national, regional and local coordinators in 30 countries and in cooperation with ACR+ as the EWWR Secretariat. Since 2009, the EWWR’s network of public authorities and stakeholders has been growing and showing its commitment and interest in the field of waste prevention. 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”. Many action developers embraced this theme showing how behavioural change is key to prevent waste at the source.

We are now looking forward to the next EWWR edition from 21 to 29 November 2020, which will focus on invisible waste. We warmly invite you to join the EWWR in your region and become an action developer yourself. Who knows, you may become the next EWWR winner!