The European Week for Waste Reduction 2016
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The European Week for Waste Reduction 2016


The European Week for Waste Reduction is a project supported by the ‘Life+’ Programme, which is the European Union’s funding instrument for both the environment and climate change. This initiative aims to put forward the concept of waste prevention, reuse and recycling of materials while increasing the awareness of ways to reduce our waste. In Malta the European Week for Waste Reduction is managed by Wasteserv Malta Ltd. As a public entity, the Department of Contracts has decided to participate in this event by encouraging its employees to come up with practical proposals and ideas to help reduce and recycle waste and thus promote the overall teamwork of all the members of staff. The employees immediately took the initiative to collect plastic bottles, cardboard and old jewellery which other than being disposed of, have been passed on to a colleague to convert these unwanted waste into a work of art. These discarded materials have been modified and altered creating a collage portrait of a 'Sleeping Beauty'.

The creation process of this work of art involved melting down plastic and shaping it into tiny pieces, the dismantling of old jewellery and finally pasting these items on cardboard to create the silhouette of the ‘Sleeping Mermaid’.

This impressive work of art made from recycled material certainly conveys the message that unwanted waste can be converted into a treasure which boasts beauty and colour!



 The Original Image

     The Pieces
 The Raw Materials



 Image with Added Items​ ​    Close Up of Face



  Lower Part Close Up​ ​   The Completed Project

The European Week for Waste Reduction 2016

Participation of the Department of Contracts in this year's initiative