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Common actions throughout Europe

The organisation of several BatucaMobs in 2010, as a common action carried out by EWWR Coordinators throughout Europe, turned out to be so successful that in 2011 the European Week for Waste Reduction introduced more common actions across Europe.

Really Rubbish Orchestra
Really Rubbish Orchestra in Belfast © Belfast City Council

What is an EWWR common action?

Common actions are actions that are implemented during the EWWR in different places in Europe, using the same methodology and with the shared objective of highlighting their real impact on waste reduction. The EWWR Secretariat provides the Coordinator and Action Developers with specific background documents, methodology and communication tools for their implementation. There are 5 categories of common actions, focusing on 4 symbolic issues plus a global awareness action:

  1. Food waste reduction (for example “waste less in canteens”)
  2. Repair/reuse (for example “waste watcher”, Repair workshops)
  3. Excessive packaging waste reduction (for example waste-free meetings)
  4. Clean-up days Find out more about the European Clean Up Day “Let’s Clean Up Europe”

Why have common actions?

The aim of these common actions is multiple:

By measuring the waste avoided, the actions met one of the most important expectations of the European Commission: the assessment of the real impact on waste reduction. An evaluation of the actions’ results was carried out at European level. The evaluation showed that the EWWR does not only impact European citizens’ behaviour, but thereby also changes the amount of waste they produce.

How to organise and implement EWWR common actions

Factsheets on all common actions have been prepared and are now available in French and English below. They include practical guidelines for each action: the objectives, the timeline of implementation, a list of required material, as well as method to quantify the waste avoided. Basically, the factsheets tell users why a certain action should be organized, and how it can be done.