Integrated approach towards reduction of POP’s discharge in order to solve the problem with plastic foil waste through an organized collection and recycling.
Integrated approach towards reduction of POP’s discharge in order to solve the problem with plastic foil waste through an organized collection and recycling.
The region of Strumica has been widely known for its intensive early gardening production. Agriculture is the predominant occupation of people living in rural areas so apart from the household waste, a large amount of waste is also produced from agricultural production and instead of being used it is often ploughed in or burnt in the fields. One such type of waste is the agricultural plastic covering foil. The enormous usage of this particular foil in the early gardening production, the absence of organized collection and transportation to collection centers, the absence of recycling facilities in this region as well as the lack of awareness, lead to the agricultural producers burning the used foils in the fields or use them as a heating material for their green house. The combustion of this type of waste releases POP’s (Persistent Organic Pollutants), i.e. dioxins and furans of which the most famous is 2,3,7,8 – TCDD which is extremely toxic and takes up to 10-12 years to dissolve in the soil. It is listed as a known human carcinogen.
Despite the fact that Strumica region is one of the largest producers of plastic foil waste, which has a direct impact on the environment, there is still no recycling facility for this type of waste. According to the economic parameters on how to solve the problem with plastic waste, the most cost-effective solution seems to be for the facility to draw 60% of the raw material from its location.
This is a project proposal to build/set up such a facility in Strumica and thus decrease transportation expenses as well as raise collectors’ awareness and make it their habit to bring the plastic waste to this specialized facility as it is done in the Tetovo region in the recycling facility Agropal.
During 2006/2007 EA Planetum carried out a Project on the Reduction of Persistent Organic Pollutants in Kuklis and Prosenikovo through an organized collection of agricultural plastic foil waste and its preparation for recycling. This project, which was funded by GEF PMG, brought us to the conclusion that in such future endeavors we should change the concept or methodology of the project itself. This means that the project should be adapted to the habits and/or mentality of the people living in the area where it is being carried out.
This project is to be carried out in Murtino and Bansko and its concept will be adapted so as to avoid all the problems we encountered during the realization of the first project in 2006/2007.
Collection points will be opened and locals will be employed as purchasers. They will be paid a percentage of the total collected plastic waste which will amount to the average salary in this region. EA Planetum will open separate bank accounts and 20% of the amount will be used for the interests of the inhabitants i.e. in the form of a donation of building materials etc. EA Planetum will be transparent about how they use the funds. We will either put up notifications and receipts in the local shops or print out and distribute leaflets containing detailed information as to how the money is being used.
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Project Snapshot

Area Of Work:
Grant Amount:
US$ 44,935.00
Co-Financing Cash:
US$ 37,855.00
Co-Financing in-Kind:
US$ 12,494.00
Project Number:
Satisfactorily Completed

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Project Characteristics and Results
Gender Focus
4 women participated in project implementation, 1 women is local coordinator of the village working group
Notable Community Participation
Established working groups for data collection and information on the amount of plastic foil waste in the region of the villages Murtino and Bansko; involvement of the locals in the process of collection of waste Local population of villages Mutino and Bansko were educated and motivated to participate in the organized collection of the waste plastic foil in their villages. Local farmers were educated and informed of the damages of Dissolvable organic pollutants - DOP, caused by the combustion of plastic foil
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Number of CBOs / NGOs participated / involved in SGP project 1
Number of households who have benefited* from SGP project 40
WHO-TEQ (Toxic Equivalency)/year reduction into the environment or elimination of U-POPs namely Dioxins, Furans and PCBs (Poly-chlorinated biphenyls) through the SGP project 285

Grantee Contact

Mr. Aleksandar Lazarov


22 Dekemvri bb
Strumica , 2400

SGP Country office contact

Mr. Zlatko Samardziev
Ms Melita Ivanova


Majka Tereza 15/6
Skopje, 1000