Money up for grabs if you can give waste greater visibility

The European Environment Agency (EEA) is launching a competition for artistic depictions of waste in Europe in a bid to raise awareness around the issue.


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The WasteSmART contest is inviting entries in three categories – photography, cartoons and short films. The best entry in each category will win €500 with a €500 youth prize, given to the best entry from someone born between 1989 and 1995.

Entries could touch on a variety of themes such as food waste, landfills, recycling, or how waste policy could be improved. The competition is open to citizens of the all EEA member and cooperating countries.

According to the EEA, each European generates approximately half a tonne of household waste on average, but only two fifths is recycled according to a recent analysis.

And although recycling has clear economic benefits, with waste is increasingly traded as a resource between countries, waste still accounts for almost 3 % of greenhouse gas emissions in the EU.

The deadline for submissions is September 30.

More details on the competition can be found here

Maxine Perella

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