The award winners of the European Week for Waste Reduction awards have been rewarded at the EWWR awards ceremony held on 27 May 2015, in Budapest. After the finalists for the EWWR awards had already been announced in March 2014, the announcement of the winners ended the breathtaking suspense that filled the air of the Budapest Congress Centre.

The EWWR awards rewarded the most outstanding awareness-raising actions implemented during the EWWR 2014 in each of the categories of Action Developers: Administration/Public Authority, Association/NGO, Business/Industry, Educational Establishment, Citizens, and Others. You can find the names of the winners release in a Press Release and find out more about all finalist actions in the comprehensive Press File.

We invite you to have a look at the pictures of the awards ceremony here: Available soon

The awards ceremony took place in the scope of a two-day congress held the 27th and 28th of May in Budapest: “New approaches to the national waste management”. Having closed the conference “Moving away from landfill & incineration: circular economy in practice”, jointly organised by ACR+ and NWMA, the EWWR awards was the occasion to give concrete examples on how to implement a circular economy.

More information about the European Week for Waste Reduction

According to the “State and outlook 2015” report of the European Environment Agency (EEA), “waste management is improving but Europe remains far from a circular economy”.

The report explains that the EU appears to be progressing towards its 2020 objective of achieving a decline in waste generated per capita. But waste management will need to change radically in order to phase out completely the landfilling of recyclable or recoverable waste.

EEA experts agree on the fact that waste prevention is not only about the product end-of-life, but about all its lifecycle. Design and choice of material inputs are the keys in determining the possibilities for repair, reusing parts, recycling, and also for reducing waste.

Those assessments point the same way as the Pre-waste project which has developed a consistent and comprehensive set of tools to help local and regional authorities preventing waste. In particular, the Pre-waste project developed a methodology to set up waste prevention strategies at local or regional level, along with a range of good practices and a waste prevention monitoring tool.

Also, ACR+ is currently helping cities and regions to develop circular economy strategies within its working group on circular economy, the Circular Europe Network. The next meeting of the Circular Europe Network will take place in Budapest on 28 May.

ACR+ wants to support local and regional authorities in being ambitious on circular economy and will therefore support and help them to adopt aspiring circular economy strategies. That is why ACR+ decided to develop a specific Working Group on Circular Economy Planning by cities and regions.

The traditional model of a linear economy (resource extraction – product making – waste disposal) is no longer viable in a world of finite material resources and must be replaced with a circular economy model aiming at closing the loop of resources and reducing the environmental impact of the product life cycle at all stages of the process (production, distribution, consumption). This transition needs to be supported not only by European Institutions (as illustrated with the highly expected communication from the European Commission “Towards a circular economy: a zero waste programme for Europe”) but also by public authorities at local and regional levels.

Building on 20 years of experience, ACR+ (the Association of Cities and Regions for Recycling and Sustainable Resource Management) has always been a ground-breaking network focusing on the sustainable management of material resources. ACR+ members have been at the forefront of the promotion and implementation of the highest levels of the waste hierarchy and are innovative leaders when it comes to developing resource efficiency policies.

The Working Group on Circular Economy Planning will aim to elaborate general and sectorial guidelines, including performance indicators, as a framework for improved planning and practical implementation. It will promote and facilitate the exchange of best practices and their replicability, as well as develop new initiatives and new business models.

This working group will be developed on the basis of several principles:

  • the multi-R hierarchy, as a priority to be applied in the whole the product life cycle in order to prevent waste production and resource depletion: rethink, redesign, remanufacture, repair, redistribute, reduce, reuse, recycle, recover energy;
  • a territorial hierarchy in order to boost local economies: a circular economy can only grow properly if it starts from short circle actions and goes from the sub-local to the local and then the regional level before extending to the national and international levels;
  • innovative business models that are intended to meet people’s consumption needs without having a damaging impact on the environment, for instance service-oriented activities (dematerialization, sharing activities, etc.);
  • multi-stakeholders partnership: the involvement of all actors throughout the product life cycle (public authorities, private sector, academics and NGOs);
  • the essential role of local and regional authorities: LRAs are really one of the corner stones of circular economy through the various instruments they have (legal, economic, technical and communication) to foster public-private or private-private activities with regards to resources, products and services.

A first meeting of this working group is planned for 4 November 2014 with the aim to discuss general guidelines for the planning of circular economy by cities and regions. A first working document and terms of reference will be published by mid-September.

All people interested in this initiative are invited to show their interest in joining ACR+ and the working group by contacting the ACR+ Secretariat at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .