Day for action against waste and incineration
Zero-waste, basis for healthier environment
The citizens of more than 45 countries marked the 7 September, the global day against waste and incineration. They called for innovative and environmental solutions that will refer to the growing volume and the toxic waste.
The Macedonian civil society association “Eko-Svest” got involved in the global campaign by raising the local populations’ awareness on the problems concerning the waste in Macedonia. In the period of one week, about 200 civic coalitions organized activities for informing the public, dialogues with the communities, meetings with government representatives. The civil society organizations raised an initiative for exchanging the harmful incinerators and preventing the creation of waste at its very source, for increasing the producers’ accountability and intensifying the recycling and composting.
“The sustainable waste management is one of the priorities that need to be solved in our country. The citizens should be informed on the value of waste they throw every day, as well as the principle “reduce, reuse, recycle”. The government should also address this question more seriously and create conditions for separate collections and recycling of the waste”, said Marija Jankovska from Eko-Svest”.
The campaign, organized on the occasion of the global day for action against waste, has been coordinated for four years by GAIA (The Global Alliance for Alternatives of the Incineration), which a non-profit network of civil society organizations and individuals.. The alternatives for zero-waste reduce the health risks, contribute towards sustainable use of the resources and building the local economy.