The European Week for Waste Reduction Jury selects finalists of 2019 edition

The environmental experts in the European Week for Waste Reduction (EWWR) Awards jury convened online on 2 April to select the finalists of the 2019 edition of the campaign. They shortlisted 16 creative and impactful actions out of a total of 80 nominations. The winners will be announced later this year.

 

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Sixteen actions promoting waste reduction within the framework of the 2019 edition of the European Week for Waste Reduction (EWWR) were shortlisted for awards following the online meeting of the EWWR Awards jury on 2 April. The 16 finalists include three actions corresponding to each of the following award categories: public administrations and organisations; businesses; NGOs/associations; citizens; and educational establishments. The jury also selected one winner of the European Special Prize, which will be awarded to the action that best exemplified the European spirit of cooperation towards waste prevention.

The six members of the jury are all established practitioners working with different aspects of environmental sustainability. After careful consideration, they selected 16 out of the 80 nominations put forward by national and regional EWWR coordinators from all across Europe and beyond. In turn, the 80 nominations were picked out of the more than 16,500 actions that were organised during the 11th edition of the EWWR in November 2019. The calibre of many actions was impressive, which made the selection process difficult, yet all the more rewarding.

The jury’s selection was based on the following criteria: 1. communication and visibility; 2. the quality of the content; 3. originality; and 4. the impact of the action. Initially, the winners were to be announced at the EWWR Awards Ceremony that was scheduled to take place in Brussels on 2 June. However, due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, the event has been put on hold for the time being. The EWWR Secretariat will notify interested stakeholders about new developments regarding the ceremony shortly.

The EWWR 2019 finalists
 Public administrations and organisations
ECO-LEARNING
Action organiser: IFAPME (Walloon Work-linked Training Institute for the self-employed and small and medium enterprises)
Place: Wallonia, Belgium
 
A holistic effort to promote circular food chains by training bakery, catering, and butchery students at IFAPME centres in food waste prevention, by planting an organic vegetable garden, and by devising an anti-food-waste cookbook.
GREEN HABITS FOR A SUSTAINABLE LABIN
Action organiser: Labin Municipality
Place: Croatia

This Istrian municipality developed a series of activities to teach its younger and older residents about waste prevention, including designing a children’s book, staging a theatre play, organising a waste-to-art exhibition, and running spots on TV and radio.
"WE ALL PARTICIPATE IN WASTE REDUCTION" - National awareness campaign
Action organiser: ERT S.A – The Greek Public Service Broadcasting Corporation
Place: Greece
 
The nation-wide campaign included, among others, TV shows and spots promoting waste prevention, radio shows and spots, online promotion, and articles in national publications.
 
 Educational establishments
THE SLOW FOOD GARDEN LOVES THE PLANET
Action organisers: 246 educational institutions 
Place: 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.
NUDGING AS A BEHAVIOURAL CHANGE STRATEGY TO REDUCE WASTE
Action organiser: Hotelschool The Hague
Place: The Netherlands

This hospitality management education centre collaborated with 31 restaurants to challenge them and its students to rethink how they do things in order to minimise waste generation.

RAISING AWARENESS FROM "EL VALLÍN" HIGH SCHOOL
Action organiser: El Vallín High School
Place: Asturias, Spain
 
During EWWR 2019, some 400 students at this Asturian school were engaged in 13 interactive and creative activities designed to teach them about waste prevention.
 
 Associations/NGOs
THE LANGUAGE OF THE SEA
Action organisers: ACEIAS-ACEIGA-ACCEI-ACIE 
Place: Asturias, Spain
 
A year-long educational project involving thousands of participanting students that learned, inside and outside the classroom, about waste prevention and environmental sustainability by tuning into the language of nature.
#elmenjarnoesllença (#nowastingfood)
PRIZE: SEARCHING FOR THE HEROES AND HEROINES OF FOOD WASTE REDUCTION 
Action organiser: Fundació Espigoladors 
Place: Catalonia, Spain
 
This educational initiative and competition promoting food waste prevention involved no fewer than 2,240 students, who took part in workshops during EWWR 2019.
"COOLE SUPPE" SHORT FILM FESTIVAL FOR A SUSTAINABLE EATING CULTURE
Action organiser: Kommunikation und Medien
Place: Germany
 
This short film festival in Freiburg featured 29 productions prepared by children and teenagers about different aspects of sustainable food. 
 
Business/Industry
ACT DIFFERENT, RETHINK!
Action organiser: CORPORACIÓN ALIMENTARIA PEÑASANTA S.A. (CAPSA) 
Place: 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.
LAUNCH OF A CIRCULAR ECONOMY FOR TECHNICAL MEDICAL AIDS IN HAUTE-SAÔNE
Action organiser: Mutualité Française de haute Saône (Bien-Être Médical)
Place: France
 
An ongoing effort by an insurance company, a repair enterprise, and an association representing disabled citizens to give a new life to used medical equipment.
FAMILY FUN FAIR
Action organiser: Stars 'n' Bars 
Place: Monaco
 
In collaboration with other local actors, this Monegasque restaurant organised almost two dozen workshops, stands, games, and fashion and art projects to mark the first participation of the Principality of Monaco in the EWWR.
 
Citizen(s)
ECOCONSUMO: WHAT IT IS AND HOW IT WORKS
Action organiser: Ambimente
Place: Italy
 
Grouped under the name Ambimente, some environmentally conscious residents of Treviso launched Ecoconsumo, a smartphone app that maps water fountains, eco and repair shops, and other similar venues in the city.
"FROM SCRAP TO SHOES" UPCYCLING WORKSHOP
Action organiser: Andrea Natterer
Place: Germany 
 
“Completely happy” is how this passionate shoemaker titled the umbrella concept of her workshops, which teach participants how to turn old shoes into bespoke, new, and comfortable ones.
ZERO WASTE, STEP BY STEP 
Action organisers: Axelle Béguin and Zeynep Songülen İnanç
Place: Turkey
 
During EWWR 2019, this dynamic duo organised a series of workshops, conferences, and exhibitions about waste prevention in Ankara that attracted 2,500 children and parents.
 
 European Special Prize 

The sole winner will be announced together with the winners of the five categories above. 
 

The EWWR Awards Jury 2019

The EWWR jury is composed of environmental experts who are recognised at the European level. This year, six members took part in the selection process:
  • Kata Tüttö, European Committee of the Regions (CoR);
  • Piotr Barczak, European Environmental Bureau (EEB);
  • Clemens Rosenmayr, Eurochambres;
  • Gosia Luszczek, Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE);
  • Mohammed Chahim, European Parliament (EP);
  • Chiel Berends, European Commission (EC).

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