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

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. The Association will seek to improve the status of the working poor in the informal sector, especially women, through support for increased organization and representation; more inclusive policy processes; and more equitable trade, labour, urban planning, and social protection policies.

On the founding assembly held on 24.06.2011, in Skopje, Act of Establishment of Association of INFORMAL COLLECTORS OF SECONDARY RAW MATERIALS was adopted. The association was established by the first group of 19 informal waste collectors that entered into contractual relations with PUC Komunalna Higiena, in order to achieve the following objectives:

  • Social cohesion and poverty reduction of the informal waste collectors of secondary raw materials
  • Managing and development of the welfare of the informal waste collectors of secondary raw materials
  • Advocacy and lobbying of informal collectors of secondary raw materials for their involvement in the social processes.

Association of informal collectors of Packaging Waste represents an initiative that brings together all the informal collectors regardless of nationality and gender. The program of the association will offer a multi-dimensional matrix system and the priority areas which consist of the following areas of action:
• Employment
• Housing
• Health
• Legal documents
• Education


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