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European Week for Waste Reduction

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What is the European Week for Waste Reduction?

For the tenth year running, North London Waste Authority will participate in the European Week for Waste Reduction (EWWR) which this year runs from 17 to 25 November in 2018. The European Week for Waste Reduction (EWWR) is the biggest Europe-wide initiative promoting the implementation of awareness-raising actions about sustainable resource and waste management during a single week. It encourages a wide range of audiences (public authorities, private companies, schools, civil society as well as citizens themselves) to get involved.

The following activity is taking place in north London:


London Upcycling Show on Sunday 18 November 2018 (11am – 2pm), Walthamstow Assembly Hall, Town Hall, Forest Road, London E17 4JF

North London Waste Authority and Groundwork London will host the third London Upcycling Show. This family-friendly event will showcase upcycling at its very best and will include practical workshops, including child friendly activities, interactive demonstrations and creative exhibitions. The show will feature an upcycling competition in which 25 north London residents have been provided with an item of unused furniture to upcycle.   On the day, a panel of judges will choose one winner from each of five different competition categories and attendees will pick the 'People's Choice' winner. It is expected that more than 300 visitors and 25 exhibitors will be in attendance.

Launch of north London electrical repair directory on Thursday 22 November (6.45pm - 8pm), Old Street

The Restart Project has been funded under the Waste Prevention Community Fund to complete an electrical repair directory and map of all reliable repair businesses operating in north London. A launch event will be held to promote the directory, get the mapped businesses to network and to promote the volunteering opportunities available in electrical repair. The repair directory can be viewed at https://therestartproject.org/repairdirectory/. The event is primarily targeting local repair businesses and it will not be advertised widely, but NLWA Members are also welcome to attend.

The Festival of Sustainable Fashion on 24 November (11am-4pm), Hackney House, 27 Curtain Road, EC2A 3LT

The London Community Resource Network has been funded under the Waste Prevention Community Fund to deliver the Sustainable Threads project. Sustainable Threads is a project which aims to provide conversational space and a platform for the fashion consumer to speak and be heard, get inspired and discuss sustainable fashion solutions with other likeminded people. As part of the project the Festival of Sustainable Fashion will be held on 24 of November at the Old Laundry Building (2-18 Warburton Road London E8 3F) and will include clothing repair and exchange activity, namely The Big Swish Clothes Swap, panel discussions and stalls. The event is free to attend and registration is not required in advance. More information can be found at http://sustainablethreads.org.uk/.

Food Waste Prevention Workshops

Seven sessions will be delivered across the seven north London boroughs around EWWR. The sessions will be delivered in the evening to offer the opportunity to people that work and study to attend and will consist of an interactive workshop with time for questions and answers and participation in interactive activities. The following events are taking place:

Hackney: Monday, 19 November 2018, 6.00 - 7.15pm at Dalston CLR James Library, Dalston Square, London E8 3BQ

Waltham Forest: Tuesday, 20 November 2018, 5.45 – 6.45pm at Walthamstow Library, High Street, Walthamstow E17 7JN

Haringey: Wednesday, 21 November 2018, 5.30 – 6.30pm at St Ann's Library, Cissbury Road, Tottenham, London N15 5PU

Islington: Thursday, 22 November 2018, 6.00 – 7.15pm at Islington Central Library, 2 Fieldway Crescent, Highbury East, London N5 1PF

Barnet: Monday, 26 November 2018, 6.00 – 7.15pm at Finchley Church End Library, 318-320, Gateway House, Regents Park Road, London N3 2LN

Enfield: Tuesday, 27 November 2018, 6.00 – 7.15pm at Palmers Green Library, Broomfield Ln, London N13 4EY

Camden: Wednesday, 28 November 2018, 6.00 – 7.15pm at the Crowndale Centre, 218 Eversholt St, Kings Cross, London NW1 1BD

Recycling presentation on 23 November (7.30pm-8.30pm), Stuart Low Trust at St Mary’s Neighbourhood Centre, Upper Street, Islington N1 2T

Officers will be talking to members of the Stuart Low Trust about the benefits of recycling, will be leading a team sorting activity to learn what items can and cannot be recycled and will be explaining what happens to recycling in north London. This interactive presentation aims to answer residents’ questions who are keen to receive advice and tools about recycling services in north London.