Pakomak is collective scheme for packaging waste, based on EPR concept. In the past 3 years the company is focused on established infrastructure for separate collection of packaging waste from households, as well as from the industry. With more than 600 member-companies, Pakomak is the biggest collective scheme in the country with above 40% market share. More than 9.200 tons packaging waste were collected in 2013 and intention is to grow for 20% each year, reaching collection and recycling of minimum 25.000 tons packaging waste by 2020. The company has partnership network of 30 private and public waste operators all around the country, mainly focused on paper, cardboard and plastic packaging waste collection. Starting in September 2013, Pakomak tend to establish packaging glass collection, first in HORECA consumption channel and later on in the households.
The company cooperates with 20 municipalities in which more than 55% of total population of Macedonia is living, including the capital city of Skopje. Together with the local authorities, Pakomak develops education programs for pupils in the elementary schools, a s well as campaigns among the citizens that has to increase separate collection rate. In more than 60 schools in Skopje, the company provides dispensers for every tap in the schools, continuously supply them with liquid soap and other hygiene chemicals. In return, every child is asked to bring and special place in the school at least 5 empty bottles per week from the family weekly consumed products. These projects started in 2012 with only 9 schools initially, now covering more than 30.000 pupils and with intention to involve additional 20.000 in 2014.
In this way, the youngest are in role of "agents of change" of the separate collection behavior of their parents, making them aware of the need and benefit of separate collection at their homes, as a key element for successful EPR scheme. Since January 2014, Pakomak is member of MASWA and enhance promoting of the ISWA and EPR values among the stakeholders in solid waste operations. As the first collective scheme established in Macedonia, Pakomak share the experience and knowledge with the new collective schemes for batteries and WEE, since the same companies-producers are generating packaging waste, WEE and batteries. The main shopping malls and biggest supermarket chains are equipped with special modern bins for packaging waste and batteries. Beside their basic function, the bins are used as information vehicle to spread the concept of separate collection.
As a MASWA member, Pakomak will actively participate in all event and activities conducted and coordinated by MASWA.
Mr. Alexei Atudorei (RASWM, ISWA - RDN), Mr. Viorel Marcu (RASWM, director)
Ministry of Environment needs a partner for the implementation of future programs and it can be the future national professional association (Moldavian Solid Waste Association - MoSWA).
In the period October/December 2013 a number of 7 public companies have started the preparation of the documents, with the support of RASWM and ISWA-RDN. Status of the association and other legal documents were elaborated and will be submitted to court.
1 December 2013 - visit in Macedonia, Skopje
1 December 2013 - visit in Macedonia la Skopje (visit was not forsen in the initial program, it was arranged during the conference in Novi Sad)
Macedonian Solid Waste Association (MaSWA) was officially set up through the Skopje Court Decision from 26, December, 2013. MaSWA intend to became ISWA National Member at ISWA Congress in Sao Paulo, 6/11, September, 2014 and will submit to ISWA Secretariat an application form for National Membership in February 2014.
has established different Regional Development Networks (RDN) to more effectively reach regions outside of its traditionally strong areas (i.e. Western Europe and North America).
The's aim is to promote sustainable waste management by carrying out activities and developing programs that focus on their regions special needs and challenges.
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