NEWS:   8 April 2011, SEEU, Know- How in implementation of the Municipal PET Collection Program

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Established Association of informal collectors of secondary raw materials

With the aim to overcome the lack of adequate social and legal protection of the informal waste collectors, strengthen their role in the sector and improve their business performance, the USAID Plastic Recycling Project supported the initiative of the informal waste collectors to establish an association that will target these issues and will try to resolve them on higher -institutional level. >>>

First informal waste collectors receive legal recognition in Macedonia

On 9th of June 2011, 19 informal waste collectors signed a contract with PUC “Komunalna Higiena” and received ID cards and legal acknowledgment for their activities. USAID plastic recycling project along with PUC and PAKOMAK (first authorized company for management of packaging waste) held contract signing ceremony in order to point out the beginning of Macedonian recycling industry development. >>>

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Start of formal operation for the informal collectors of recyclable waste
1 June 2011 – 19 informal waste collectors started their process of entering into the formal waste collection system. The USAID Plastic Recycling Project and the Public Utility Company Komunalna Higiena greeted the first group of collectors that chose to formalize their operations. Protective clothes as well as containers’ keys were delivered, and operational regions were distributed to them within 3 municipalities (Centar, Karposh and Gjorche Petrov). >>>
Workshop for transfer of Know-how for Strengthening local capacities for establishment of the Municipal PET and paper Collection Program from Pelagonija region – Prilep, 29/04/2011
The workshop agenda was focused on following topics:

* Exchange of experiences in implementation of the Municipal PET Collection Program in Prilep Municipality,
* Introduction of Law on Packaging and Packaging waste as a precondition for successful recycling, presented by Mrs. Jadranka Ivanova and Lence Kurcieva from MOEPP. >>>
USAID PRP supports experience exchange for strengthening municipal capacities for implementing Municipal PET Collection Program
On 8 April 2011, USAID PRP organized first of three workshops focused on experience exchange between municipalities in implementing municipal PET collection program and introduction of the Law on Packaging and Packaging waste. Participants represented municipalities, public utility companies, companies that generate packaging waste and civil society representatives from Polog region- Gostivar, Tetovo, Zelino, Bogovinje, Brvenica, Vrapcishte and Jegunovce Students from SEEU participated actively in the discussions at the workshop. The workshop was organized at the South East European University in Tetovo, in cooperation with USAID PRP partner NGO "Sonce". >>>
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