An integrated approach to reduce the discharge of POPs to solve the problem of plastic waste through organized collection and recycling
An integrated approach to reduce the discharge of POPs to solve the problem of plastic waste through organized collection and recycling
The widespread use of plastics in the manufacture of drink packaging in particular has created a big problem and the pollution of waters of plastic bottles on the Debar’s Lake and rivers and Black Drim and Radika. No selecting plastic waste from the public companies has become a utility and the low awareness of the possibility of recycling of plastic waste further affect deterioration. Thousands of plastic bottles swim through the waters of the Debar Lake and in the city of Debar near the containers are tossed around plastic bottles. Citizens, restaurants and hotels throw plastic waste with other waste in containers and so ends up in the city dump that looks like a illegal dump site; plastic is burned which pollutes the air with POPs - Persistant Organic Pollutants. Hydro Power Plant Spilje regularly collects part of the plastic bottles from Debar Lake where the Dam is because the plastic bottles can damage the turbine or to reduce the impact of water in the turbine; the waste plastic bottles are collected and put in the landfill. So far the city has done little to educate citizens about the possibility of recycling of plastic waste and of its pollution of land, water and air from the plastic (especially when burnt) and the possibility of generating income from recycling this and other plastic.

The general objective of the project: Reducing quantities POPs emitted from improper management of waste plastic bottles in Debar Lake and local restaurants/ hotels; through organized collection and recycling of the same as achieving local economic development and environmental benefit.
Specific Objective 1: Educate and motivate pupils for selection of plastic waste at home, the inclusion of practical education of students by pressing on the bottle in primary schools, raising awareness of employees in restaurants and hotels
Specific objective 2:
Organized collection and transportation of plastic bottles
Specific Objective 3 Create income for communities through recycling of plastic waste (portion of funds from selling the plastic bottles will be donated to schools; for example for activities for protection of the environment).
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Project Snapshot

Centar za odrzliv razvoj na zaednicata Debar
Area Of Work:
Grant Amount:
US$ 25,275.00
Co-Financing Cash:
US$ 17,880.00
Co-Financing in-Kind:
US$ 12,960.00
Project Number:
Satisfactorily Completed
Project Characteristics and Results
Gender Focus
430 women benefited from the project
Promoting Public Awareness of Global Environment
Developed, printed and distributed information leaflet (500 copies in Macedonian and Albanian language) through which the local population was informed about the importance of recycling plastics and consequences on environment from littering plastic waste. Informed 10,000 citizens on the harmfulness of dioxins and furans through video which was broadcasted on the local television TV Dibra.
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Number of women participated / involved in SGP project 330
Innovative financial mechanisms put in place through SGP project 1
Total monetary value (US dollars) of ecosystem goods sustainably produced and providing benefit to project participants and/or community as a whole (in the biodiversity, international waters, and land degradation focal areas as appropriate) 5500
Number of individuals (gender diaggregated) who have benefited* from SGP project 620
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 3

SGP Country office contact

Mr. Zlatko Samardziev
Ms Melita Ivanova


Majka Tereza 15/6
Skopje, 1000