Enhancing awareness and employment in Serbia & Bosnia-Herzegovina

LOCATION:

Serbia, Bosnia-Herzegovina

TARGET GROUP:

  • Informal waste collectors
  • Small and medium-sized recyclers
  • General public

CHALLENGES:

Lack of awareness on how to deal with hazardous plastic waste

SOLUTION:

This project aims to enhance plastic recycling in Serbia by transferring operational expertise. At the same time, the opportunity of legal employment is created for vulnerable groups. Additionally, media campaigns will inform the general public in both Serbia and Bosnia Herzegovina about proper waste management and reduction.

DESCRIPTION:

In this project, recycling in Serbia shall be enhanced while supporting vulnerable groups with legal employment.
Therefore, Help – Hilfe zur Selbsthilfe e.V., an international non-governmental organisation, connects a local small-medium recycling company in Serbia with the German waste management and recycling company Rodiek. A business plan and an option for a recycling stream in regards to (hazardous) non-food plastics will be developed for the SME, including identification of the respective technical equipment, mandatory skills and standard operating procedures.
At the same time, Help e.V. will identify informal waste collectors from vulnerable groups, which shall eventually be employed through the Serbian recycling company. This group will be trained in handling (hazardous) non-food plastic waste and equipped with personal protective and working tools.
Furthermore, an informative awareness raising campaign on plastic waste will be created and launched in Bosnia Herzegovina and Serbia. Besides sensitising the population about plastic waste and its impact on the environment, it will also provide access to the information about recycling centres that receive waste.

Milestones:

Mid 2021

Training programme for vulnerable groups started

End 2021

Business plan for Serbian recycler developed to increase operational and technical capacities

Mid 2022

Awareness campaign launched in Serbia and Bosnia-Herzegovina

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