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Prevention Thematic Days 2013 - Reuse

Find out all about the Prevention Thematic Days 2013 on Reuse in this report.

The first Prevention Thematic Days, taking place during the EWWR in 2013, focused on reuse. Promoting reuse activities has a strong value for sustainable development because it not only promotes environmental protection through waste prevention but also contributes to social aims such as the fight against poverty, social inclusion and equality, job creation, and many more.

Thematic Reuse

The Prevention Thematic Days 2013 on reuse were implemented in cooperation with various actors of the social economy, for instance the RREUSE Network that has implemented the campaign “Waste Watchers”, now called “Reuse more, Throw less”.

Implementing reuse activities

In order to facilitate the promotion and organisation of activities related to reuse during the Week 2013, Coordinators and Action Developers can find comprehensive information and communication tools on the subject in the Communication Tools download area.


This compilation of factsheets on specific reuse activities aims to help you organise such activities. Apart from providing you with general information on the activity, the factsheets contain tips on preparing and implementing the action as well as a collection of examples:

Average weight table

This tool has been created in order to help quantify the amount of waste avoided by the performance of the reuse activity. It is an excel file where users can find different items such as furniture, jewellery, domestic appliances and others, as well as the average weight of those items. The average weight table is a useful tool to report the results of the activity and to make a reliable comparison of the results.

How to use the average weight table:

  1. Before the reuse action: Print the pdf file or arrange to bring a computer/tablet to directly fill in the excel file
  2. During the reuse action: Count the articles that were exchanged, sold or repaired; distinguishing by category. Use the PDF file to do so.
  3. Fill in the final quantity (units) of items exchanged/sold/repaired in the first sheet of the excel file. The amount of waste avoided (in kg) will then be automatically calculated. We encourage you to use this information, by publishing and promoting the success of your activity in terms of waste prevention!
  4. Send the excel file to your EWWR Coordinator