Establishing a system for collecting electrical and electronic waste and waste batteries in Skopje and Bitola
Establishing a system for collecting electrical and electronic waste and waste batteries in Skopje and Bitola
Waste from Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) and waste batteries (WB) are complex waste of different materials and components, including hazardous chemicals (heavy metals such as mercury, lead, cadmium and chromium, halogenated substances, such as hlorofluoroalkani (CFC), biphenyls (PCB) polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and bromoanthracenes decelerator burning flame and also asbestos and arsenic that may be inappropriate deposited in the environment and can damage human health if waste is not managed properly.
These risks can be significantly reduced if there is a well waste management system. Good governance primarily means separation from municipal waste and appropriate technical treatment, which will reduce the release of harmful substances and allow more of this waste to be recycled. Energy savings from recycling of metal and plastic found in WEEE, rather than losing them in the landfill, is very important, for example recycled copper requires 85% less energy and recycled steel requires 74% less energy than extraction and processing of the original material. Also, the total potential for the prevention of global warming in the proper waste management of fridges with hlorofluoroalkan (SFC) is greater than 2.000 kg CO2 equivalent of a refrigerator.
Why do you want to implement this project; and what do you want to achieve? What is the project impact (consisted of several immediate project results)
The proposed project will contribute to the protection of human health and the environment. The main objectives of this project are to protect soil, water and air pollution caused by current management of WEEE and WB and reduce environmental damage from WEEE and WB. The proposed project aims to preserve valuable resources, particularly energy, which in the EU are governed by the WEEE and ROHS Directive. The project aims to achieve a wide range of measures, including measures for places for separate collection of WEEE and WB, treatment of WEEE and its processing and the inclusion of the informal sector in the system for proper waste management. The current practice in Macedonia is that this waste is collected from marginal group of citizens, mostly Roma population who improperly handle it and endanger their health and the health of the general population. Usually this waste is burning to get a little copper or other metal, outdoors, and thus emit uncontrolled emissions of dioxins and furans into the air, which is proved as very carcinogenic. The purpose of this project is to help this group of citizens to be engage in an organized system of collecting this waste, which will be taught in appropriate facilities to treat and prevent pollution from it. The benefit of this system is mutual, and the informal sector will be protected from health risks, will improve social status, and simultaneously create jobs in recycling centers. In addition, there will be energy savings for using recycled metal and reducing the impact on climate change. The ultimate goal is to protect the environment and human health.
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Project Snapshot

Area Of Work:
Grant Amount:
US$ 22,599.00
Co-Financing Cash:
US$ 7,583.00
Co-Financing in-Kind:
US$ 6,972.00
Project Number:
Satisfactorily Completed
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 11

SGP Country office contact

Mr. Zlatko Samardziev
Ms Melita Ivanova


Majka Tereza 15/6
Skopje, 1000