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

ESTABLISHED NATIONAL PLATFORM FOR SUPPORTING INTEGRATION OF THE INFORMAL COLLECTORS OF PLASTIC WASTE

On 16 February 2011, USAID Plastic Recycling Project and Ministry of Labor and Social Policy organized the constitutional meeting of the National Platform for supporting informal waste collectors.
Respected representatives of Roma community in Macedonia representing both different sectors from public life and institutions, NGO activists, representatives of recycling industry, donors community gathered in the National Platform with a goal to become a voice of this marginalized group. 
For the first time, informal collectors and institutions seat on the same table and discussed in open manner for the challenges and opportunities ahead. Informal collectors had an opportunity once more to express the challenges they are faced with on daily basis: constant prosecution by the police for their collection activities, health security, housing etc. In relation to collection activities they highlighted that they do not have storage for placing the collected PET.
Representatives from the USAID Plastic Recycling Project informed members of the National Platform on project goals and activities; Ministry of Labor and Social Policy spoke for the opportunities and possibilities to support integration of informal collectors into formal waste management system, inclusion of refugees from Kosovo in the program and importance of non governmental organizations.

At this meeting, participants agreed on basic operating principles, promotional activities that will follow and applying social media for extending public debate on challenges and solutions that will come up in the process of formalizing activities of informal waste collectors.

 

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