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Euro Week for Waste Reduction - General Info

European Week for Waste Reduction

The European Union defines waste reduction or waste prevention as measures and actions taken BEFORE a substance, material or product becomes waste. Such actions help in the reduction of:

waste which is thrown away and landfilled;
its harmful effects on the environment and our health; and
the content of harmful substances in materials and products.

Waste management in Europe today is largely influenced by a series of European regulations that are based on a waste management hierarchy that favours prevention at source. The revision of the Waste Framework Directive 2008/98/EC, which entered into force in December 2008, has consolidated the primary role of waste prevention.

The Waste Management hierarchy
The revised Directive has laid down a five-step hierarchy of waste management options which must be applied by Member States when developing their national waste policies:


Though focused on waste prevention, the EWWR has now also started to incorporate waste recycling actions. Waste recycling involves the process of certain waste materials being separately collected and transported to waste management facilities to be further sorted out and prepared to be transformed into other objects.