Deadline for Euro Waste Week ideas

Merseyside and Halton community groups, schools, colleges and members of the public have just days left to come up with ideas to showcase their work as part of European Week for Waste Reduction.

They should involve prevention of waste production, repair and reuse of broken or unused items, or encourage home or community composting

The annual Waste Reduction Week, from 16-24 November, provides a continent-wide focus on some of the best waste reduction ideas and Merseyside organisers Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority (MRWA) are keen to make sure the region’s efforts are highlighted.

Ideas for projects to be featured in the Week must be submitted to MRWA by 25 October by members of the public and on behalf of community and voluntary associations, schools, colleges and universities, businesses, public authorities, hospitals and cultural institutions and have to be deliverable during European Week for Waste Reduction.

Examples include community swap days, waste management information exchange, exhibitions or promotional films of activities, competitions, waste free lunches, collections of clothes and other items for re-use, retailers to promote products which produce less waste, and repair workshops for bikes.

MRWA Chief Executive Carl Beer said: “Merseysiders have a real creativity when it comes to thinking of new and effective ways of reducing waste and European Week of Waste Reduction is a great platform for showcasing our contribution.”

You can get involved with the EWWR by reading the Participation Charter and filling in the registration form available on www.recycleformerseysideandhalton.com/waste-prevention/ewwr2013/, by emailing ewwr@merseysidewda.gov.uk, or calling Tel. 0151 255 1444. The closing date for applications is Friday 25t October 2013, 4.00pm.

The most outstanding actions from five categories will be nominated for an overall European Waste Reduction award.

The European Week for Waste Reduction (EWWR) is a Europe-wide event that started in 2009 with the support of the European Commission’s LIFE+ programme to raise awareness about waste prevention. For more information about European Week for Waste Reduction see www.ewwr.eu