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Saturday will mark the beginning of the European Week for Waste Reduction

2016-11-16

Saturday, 16 November, will see the beginning of the European Week for Waste Reduction in most EU member states, including Lithuania. The purpose of this week is to encourage the public to avoid the generation of waste, reduce the levels of harmful substances in products and materials and reuse products or extend their lifespan.

This initiative was started in 2009 and was joined by Andorra, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Iceland and other states. Last year Lithuania took part in this campaign for the first time.

The events dedicated to the European Week for Waste Reduction is dominated by a different theme each year. For example, last year the focus was on the reuse of products. About 30 Lithuanian municipalities were active in organising the events then. The participants of the events made Christmas gifts from waste and exchanged things they no longer needed. The most active and resourceful participants were awarded prizes of the Ministry of Environment.

The key theme chosen for this year is preventing the generation of packaging waste. The volume of this waste is growing rapidly throughout the world due to increasing consumption. For example, according to the information of the secretariat of the European Week for Waste Reduction, the average amount of packaging waste is 157 kg per capita of the EU population.

The events dedicated to this week will take place on 19 to 27 November. They will be presented tomorrow, 17 November, at a press conference of the Ministry of Environment. The press conference will survey the measures applied in Lithuania that promote the sorting and reuse of packaging waste and the recycling and future of this type of waste.

The press conference will be attended by Vice-Minister of Environment Algirdas Genevičius, Dalius Krinickas, Director of the Waste Department, Jurgita Gaižiūnienė, head of the Waste Prevention and Management Strategy Division, and Pavel Šiman, an art teacher of Vilnius Saulėtekis School and one of the award winners of the European Week for Waste Reduction last year.

Communication Division
16/11/2016

Minister of Environment of Lithuania Kęstutis Navickas
Minister of Environment of Lithuania Kęstutis Navickas