EPA welcomes the Second European Week for Waste Reduction

Date released: Nov 19 2010

The second European Week for Waste Reduction runs from 20th to 28th November 2010.  The idea of the European Week for Waste Reduction is to raise awareness about the waste reduction strategies of EU and Member States, and to encourage behaviour changes to promote more sustainable consumption and production.

Thirty organising authorities across 16 different EU Member States are taking part.  In Ireland, over 46 different events are planned all around the country aimed at the general public as well as business and other organisations.  These events are designed to highlight the ongoing work being done on waste prevention and resource efficiency in the areas of waste, water & energy.

Commenting, Ms Laura Burke, Director, EPA Office of Climate, Licensing & Resource Use said;

 

“We again welcome this important week as it will highlight all the positive work that is being done in Ireland in relation to waste prevention and is an important opportunity to showcase best practice. This is only the second year of Ireland’s participation in the European Week for Waste Reduction and we are delighted at the number of different events taking place across the country, with seminars on everything from composting, to electrical goods recycling and waste prevention and with a wide range of public and private organisations involved."

 

Dr Gerry Byrne, Programme Manager, EPA Office of Climate, Licensing & Resource Use - and chair of the National Waste Prevention Committee - also welcomed the week commenting;

 

“This special week will again highlight to each person the important role that they can play either at home, at work, travelling or at leisure to prevent waste and reduce their impact on the environment”.

 

The following prevention partner organisations have been involved in developing the events: Repak/EPA Packaging Prevention Programme, Green Hospitality Programme, Clean Technology Centre, An Taisce Green Home/Schools, NUI Galway and Green Business along with local authorities in Kilkenny, Carlow, Monaghan, Galway, Cork, Limerick, Clare and Kerry.Over 46 different events are planned throughout the week at different locations around the country many of which are open to the general public. These range from the release the 6th Report of the National Waste Prevention Programme by the EPA, to business seminars and public information events in a wide variety of locations. National and local radio advertising is being used to raise awareness in conjunction with regional newspapers. 

In Ireland, the European Week for Waste Reduction is co-ordinated by the EPA-led National Waste Prevention Programme.  The European Week for Waste Reduction (EWWR) is part of a 3-year project supported by the Life+ Programme of the European Commission.

Notes to editors:

The European Week for Waste Reduction (EWWR) is part of a 3-year project supported by the Life+ Programme of the European Commission until 2011. All Member States and Regional/local authorities have been invited to participate. More than 30 different authorities in 16 Member States have already signed up including Ireland, the United Kingdom, France, Belgium, Italy, Spain, Portugal and Sweden. The second EWWR is all set for the 20th to 28th November 2010 and it is envisaged that a similar pan-EU event will be run in 2011.

Further information: Niamh Hatchell, EPA Media Relations Office 053-9170770 (24 hours)