Waste-Smart: a new competition to select projects depicting waste

June 13, 2013

Funding Scheme: 2013-06-13

Pgm2014 2020: Yes


The European Environment Agency has just launched a new competition to reward project depicting waste in Europe.
There will be three categories in the prize: photography, cartoons and short films, permitting to raise awareness on the waste issue in Europe. Each winner will receive 500 euro.
A special “youth prize” of 500 euro will also be awarded, to a person born between 1989 and 1995.


Entries could touch on a variety of themes. For example, your entry could be a photograph illustrating wasted food, construction waste, landfills, and recycling. Or perhaps you have an idea for a cartoon showing how we can better reduce, re-use or recycle waste. If you are a filmmaker, you could make a video about how waste policy could be improved, or the resources and energy needed to maintain wasteful lifestyles. However, these are just a few ideas, entrants are encouraged to come up with their own angle.

There is a wealth of useful information on waste on the EEA website. For example:

The latest analysis from the EEA shows that citizens of some Member States recycle more than 60 % of household waste, however recycling is almost non-existent in some other countries.Recycling has clear economic benefits, according to another EEA report.Waste is also increasingly traded as a resource between countries.Another report showed that Europe’s wasteful lifestyle means that we need to import a large proportion of raw materials from elsewhere.Each person in the EU generates around 160 kg of packaging waste per year on average, according to the latest data.Waste generates almost 3 % of greenhouse gas emissions in the EU.

Photos, cartoons and videos should be accompanied by a short text. The deadline for submissions is 30 September 2013 at 12:00 Central European Time. See the conditions of entry for more details.

Url description: Website of the European Environment Agency

Url: http://www.eea.europa.eu/highlights/what-does-waste-look-like