The European Week for Waste Reduction (EWWR) takes place from 16-24 November 2013 and events are taking place across Wales to support this pan-European campaign.
Waste Awareness Wales has welcomed European Week Of Waste Reduction this week, which will see a number of actions and initiatives encourage householders and businesses to reduce, re-use and recycle.
“Waste Awareness Wales welcomes any type of action from the people of Wales that encourages households and businesses to reduce the waste they produce in the first place,” it said. “If you reduce your waste then it takes away the need to send it to landfill or even recycle it.”
Wales has set itself the ambition of becoming a zero waste nation by 2050 and the best way of achieving this is by preventing waste being created, Waste Awareness Wales said.
“Where this is not possible, it is vital to encourage everyone to reduce the amount of waste we produce in the first place.
“We must also prevent the waste of specific materials, which have the greatest impact on our ecological footprint (the impact we have on the environment).”
These materials are the materials we need to focus on with the following actions:
- food waste – buying only what you need, using up your leftovers and recycling the unavoidable food waste leftover like, teabags, plate scraps, eggshells and peelings
- paper and cardboard – print only what is necessary, choosing items that have less packaging, re-using card for packaging again (sending parcels over Christmas for instance) and recycling any paper card materials throughout every bin in your house or office
- wood – ensuring an wood that you want to dispose of is taken to your nearest recycling centre or offered online for people to use again
- metals – ensuring we recycle every drink tin and metal deodorant can so that we don’t take more natural resource from the planet that we need to
- plastic – using containers as storage device and recycling every plastic pot, tub and tray from every bin around your home (including the bathroom where plastic shampoo and bleach bottles may lurk waiting to be recycled)
Other actions include
- Taking clothes/household items to a charity shop
- Holding a swap shop where you swap your unwanted clothes, presents, books, garden plants/tools
Dan Finch from Waste Awareness Wales said, “In Wales we recycle on average 52 percent of our waste. This is a great achievement, but there’s still more we can do. Reducing the waste we produce in the first place is always our advice to residents. There are lots of little things you can do that will make a big impact, such as making a shopping list and only buying what you need”
Events taking place as part of the European Waste Reduction Week Wales:
- 18Nov – Waste Reduction Workshop, Pembroke Primary School in Chepstow
- 18 Nov – Community clean up at Aberffraw
- 19 Nov – Keep the planet healthy sponsored games with Rainbows Club, Anglesey
- 20 Nov – Food Waste Recycling Promotion, Guildhall Square, Carmarthen (11am-2pm)
- 21 Nov – waste prevention community event, Carbonne Close in Monmouth
- 21 Nov – Waste reduction and recycling Teacher’s pack launch, Primary School, Anglesey
For more waste reduction information visit our website www.wasteawarenesswales.org.uk, follow us on twitter @recycle4wales, facebook.com/wasteawarenesswales