The project “CirculaMare” aims to determine the existing practice and trends in plastic waste management in the City of Belgrade. The project will contribute to a better understanding of the current situation and the identification of essential obstacles to sustainable management of plastic waste in the capital, while defining recommendations for its improvement in terms of its sustainability and environmental impact.
One of the most important activities of the project is the implementation of a detailed analysis of the amount and composition of municipal waste with an emphasis on plastic waste streams, ie types of plastic waste.
The analysis of the amount and composition of municipal solid waste in Belgrade will be realized by taking samples from 100 households within 4 city municipalities (New Belgrade, Zvezdara, Stari Grad and Surcin) in a period of 7 days. The households from which the samples are taken include individual housing and dwellings within collective housing. Also, a special segment of the analysis refers to the analysis of the characteristics of waste generated in commercial facilities (restaurants, hotels, offices, small businesses, markets, schools, hospitals, etc.)
Other activities that will be implemented through the project:
- Assessment of the current status of plastic waste management in the city of Belgrade
- Mapping the existing “value chain” of plastic waste
- Identification and quantification of the most important places where plastic waste is scattered, including landfills for municipal waste
- Recording of locations within urban areas where plastic waste is discharged into rivers and other watercourses.
- Evaluation of the main elements of the existing waste management system in Belgrade (collection, treatment, recycling, etc.)
The project is part of the activities of the Alliance to End Plastic Waste (Alliance) and the German organization GIZ, whose goal is to reduce the negative impact of increasing amounts of plastic waste ending up in the environment. Activities diverge in 8 countries across the Mediterranean, including Serbia.
The Food Shifters (2019-2020)
Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH -funded
The main objective of the project The Food Shifters: A Voluntary Scheme for Urban Food Waste Management is to identify all potential commercial sector food waste generators in Belgrade and to quantify the amount and composition of generated food waste from these sources. Also, by mapping and displaying the spatial distribution of different food waste generators in Belgrade on a digital platform, the aim is to contribute to establishing a voluntary scheme for the reduction and management of food waste from commercial food generators in the city of Belgrade. In addition, estimation of CO 2 emissions savings for amounts of food waste that will be reused & recycled (i.e. amounts diverted from landfills), and level of contribution to reducing biodegradable municipal waste according to the EU Landfill Directive, will be calculated.
Food waste Novi Sad (2019-2020)
EIT Climate -KIC Serbian Hub-funded.
Accelerating the transition to a Circular Economy by the creation of a food value chain at the university campus Novi Sad.
Biodegradable Waste Reduction (2019 - ongoing)
The specific tasks and responsibilities of a project Development of Local Plans for Primary Separation and Action Plans for Biodegradable Waste Reduction in Selected Regions in Serbia are: A detailed assessment of the status of waste collection and source separation in selected municipalities/regions; Assessment of the current status of waste management in selected regions from the existing/available documentation; Field visits to towns and municipalities in selected regions; Identification of short-lived climate pollutants in the waste sector; Preparing documentation and development of action plans for the reduction of biodegradable waste – setting of priorities for reduction of short-lived climate pollutants; Development of work plans – defining of steps and activities for implementing best solutions in terms of defined priorities for reduction of short-lived climate pollutants (identification of locations for potential composting facilities, necessary planning documentation, respective investment costs).
Providing companies with the opportunity to identify opportunities and needs for the implementation of the principles of the circular economy in their business
City Network for Sustainable Waste Management (2018-ongoing)
The objective of the project Establishing City Network for Sustainable Waste Management is to create a city network with the goal of establishing a strong partnership between cities in the regions of Southeast Europe (SEE), the Middle East and Central Asia to improve solid waste management. The lead partner assists the member cities to identify, propose and implement bankable and sustainable waste management projects in order to reduce climate change impacts and improve human health and the status of the environment. The project will be realized during two workshops held at the University of Novi Sad.
Morphological composition of waste (2018-2019)
The aim of the project Determination of quantity and morphological composition of waste from commercial facilities in Novi Sad in order to define an appropriate commercial flow management system waste locally was to define the amount and composition of biodegradable waste from the commercial sector, as part of improving the waste management system and achieving the goals of the European Union in which biodegradable waste and its treatment are fundamental.