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Zero Waste Week

What happens when you throw something away? Away isn't some magical place; it's landfill, an incinerator, the bottom of the ocean, litter or the stomach of an animal. It's always somewhere else...

Zero Waste Week is an award-winning campaign, raising awareness about the environmental impact of waste. Whether you’re an individual, business or organisation, join in and reduce the amount you send to landfill.

Launched in 2008, the campaign is conducted almost exclusively online via this website, e-newsletters and social media. Please check back regularly for details of 'on-the-ground' events taking place during Zero Waste Week.

Whilst Zero Waste Week formally runs for one week in September, regular newsletters and fresh blog content is sent out throughout the year. Our friendly online community share practical experiences and suggestions about waste avoidance via social media to keep the discussion and learning process going. Join the conversation on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook.

Better still, sign up to the newsletter so you never miss an update!

Be part of the solution and join millions of people around the world by reducing waste and learning to reuse, recycle and repurpose.

When is Zero Waste Week?

Zero waste week always takes place the week beginning the first Monday in September, In 2019 that’s from 2-6th September.

I'm not in the UK, can I take part?

We encourage participants from around the world. In fact, we have participants from 76 countries! (as of Sept 2018) Check out our international pages for tips on going zero waste week in your country. And if your country isn't listed, get in touch and write a page!

How do I take part?

Sign up here here. You'll get the occasional newsletter throughout the year and one email per day during Zero Waste Week.

Do I have to be Zero Waste?

Zero Waste is just the catchy title we use. It's an ideal, but is it realistic? You decide! But please join in - if everyone recycled just one more thing, the collective impact would be huge! Your effort counts.