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Wales joins waste reduction week

A landfill site (Getty)
Councils across Wales are arranging a number of waste reduction schemes

People across Wales are being encouraged to take part in a Europe-wide project aimed at reducing the amount of rubbish sent to landfill.

The first European Week for Waste Reduction (EWWR) is on 21-27 November.

Activities range from swap events to campaigns encouraging local residents to say no to junk mail and reduce their food waste.

"We all need to take on board the principles of waste reduction," said a Waste Awareness Wales spokesman.

Activities have been planned across Europe to educate consumers about the importance of waste minimisation and encourage them to play their part in reducing waste.

With the support of Waste Awareness Wales, local authorities across Wales have joined the European effort by organising a series of events designed to get people thinking about how they can play their part.

The best way to ensure the least harm to our planet is to reduce the amount of rubbish we produce in the first place
Owain Williams, Waste Awareness Wales

Community organisations across Wales are also getting involved.

"When most people consider how they can reduce the impact that their rubbish has on the environment, they tend to think that it all comes down to recycling," said Owain Griffiths, head of Waste Awareness Wales.

"But while it is really important to recycle as much of our waste as possible, the best way to ensure the least harm to our planet is to reduce the amount of rubbish we produce in the first place.

"We all need to take on board the principles of waste reduction and adopt them in our everyday lives - from choosing non-packaged goods and only buying what we need at the supermarket to using real nappies on our babies and saying no to junk mail.

"By taking simple actions to cut the problem off at its source, we can all make a real difference."

Among the events planned for the weekBlaenau Gwent council has purchased a promotional trailer to go out into the community and promote waste reduction during EWWR.

In Carmarthenshire a cross-section of families are to take part in the council's 'Cutting down waste for a week' by shopping wisely, using real nappies and making use of recycling schemes and services.

The Tidy Towns co-ordinator will visit the five main towns in Ceredigion to give advice on recycling, junk mail, and reducing general waste.

In Rhondda Cynon Taf, Cleanstream carpets, a charity organisation that re-uses carpet tiles to help reduce the number of new carpet being manufactured, will re-carpet a sixth form common room in Hawthorn School, Pontypridd, for free.

Swansea council will hold four swapping events at local comprehensive schools with pupils asked to bring in unwanted DVDs, CDs, books, games, toys, accessories at morning break time.

In Merthyr Tydfil the Glamorgan GATES project is running a recycled jewellery making project, encouraging local people to bring in old items of beaded jewellery, and teaching techniques to make them into new ones.

Bridgend council - in partnership with a local radio station - will attempt to break the world record for the longest line of drinks cans at the Bridgend Recreation Centre.

Waste Awareness Wales has launched a bilingual advertising campaign aimed at showing that by carrying on as a 'throw away' society, we are destroying our children's future.

The campaign shows small children who are trying to perform the basic tasks of recycling newspapers, cans, plastic and food waste, but are unable to do so without adult help.

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