Promising practice and importance of cleaning and recycling

For World Cleanup Day, the NGO PACT organizes the activity for cleaning and recycling of discarded tires in Germia Park in Prishtina.

PACT NGO members including volunteers collected tires thrown at an illegal landfill in Germia Park. A day earlier activists were engaged in clearing the landfill and the collection tires were recycled in an innovative way by re-disposing the old tires in flower pots.

This activity can also serve to raise citizens’ awareness of environmental clean-up and waste recycling, redefining them in a creative and visible way.

The importance of cleaning and also recycling is shown through a model of ‘mini flower gardens’. Use mini-gardens need less water, fertilizer and get a better weed control. Also the tires absorb the heat of the sun and the earth warms up faster.

This activity is organized by the SideStep project which is implemented within HumanRightivism, supported by the Swedish Embassy in Pristina. activity organizations for cleaning and recycling tires to throw in Germia Park in Prishtina.

Today World Cleansing Day is marked

Today, September 18, World Cleaning Day, NGO PACT in the framework of the SideStep project which is implemented within HumanRightivism, supported by the Swedish Embassy in Prishtina, organized an activity for cleaning and recycling of car tires that were dumped in Germia Park in Prishtina.

World Cleanup Day is an annual global program and social action aimed at combating the global solid waste problem.

Action for cleaning the roads

Pollution of public spaces continues to be one of the main problems. This time EC has carried out the cleaning action along the streets “Reshat Karjagdiu” and “Nazim Pulaj”.

The EC called on relevant institutions and citizens to show more care and maintenance of public spaces.

Embassy of Sweden in Pristina
Community Development Fund – CDF
EC Ma Ndryshe

Positive example from Lidl regarding the reduction of plastics in supermarkets

A positive model from an international brand, for supermarkets operating in Kosovo, to take similar actions in order to protect the environment. This can also serve as a model for civil society advocacy campaign.

The German supermarket Lidl has pledged to remove half a billion plastic fragments by the end of 2021, bringing a cumulative reduction of 1.5 billion, then removing another half a billion fragments by the end of 2022, resulting in a cumulative reduction in two billion.

Packaging items that have been removed to date include 24 million wrappers and plastic pieces from fresh fruits and vegetables; 25 million plastic caps from yogurt and other dairy products; 3.5 million pieces of plastic wrap from fresh flowers and 19 million plastic labels and bags from fruits and vegetables. Lidl in particular began offering reusable alternatives to fruit and vegetable bags as early as 2019.

“Problematic” plastics, including black plastic, expanded polyester and PVC, which have also been completely removed from the mainstream of food packaging.

In total, Lidl has reduced its plastic packaging production by 18.5%. It is trying to achieve a 20% reduction by early 2022 and claims it is on track to achieve this target. To ensure that paper alternatives are not causing unwanted negative impacts, the supermarket has pledged to use only fiber with natural content, from internationally certified responsible sources.

In addition to achieving plastic reduction, Lidl has also made progress in including the content of recycled plastic in packaging. This company has shown that it has achieved a commitment to ensure that 50% of its brand packaging is made using recycled content, initially set with a deadline until 2025.

The online platform is supported by HumanRightivism, managed by the CDF Community Development Fund, through the Swedish Embassy in Pristina (SIDA).

CDF supports minorities on waste management

Community Development Fund (CDF), through Human Rightivism Project supporting the European Centre for Minority Issues Kosovo.

The Municipality of Fushë Kosovë / Kosovo Polje, respectively the Directorate for Public Services, is continuously dealing with the management of environmental issues, especially with the implementation of projects in the field of waste management. In the neighborhoods “028” and “029” in Fushë-Kosovë, which are mainly inhabited by Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian communities, four illegal landfills have been removed, while in “Lismir” one illegal landfill has been removed on the bridge and on the street “Meshari” near the Sitnica River large amounts of waste have been removed.

Community Development Fund – CDF

Embassy of Sweden in Pristina


A 2-year moratorium is imposed on environmental approval for quarries

The Minister of Environment, Spatial Planning and Infrastructure, Liburn Aliu, said that he has taken the decision to impose a moratorium on new quarries and those in the procedure for environmental approval for a period of two years.

According to him, it is about the period June 2021 to June 2023.

“Part of this decision is the establishment of a ministerial working group, which will review the legality of quarrying activities, their impact on the environment, as well as measures to be taken for their rehabilitation,” he wrote.

With this decision, the new quarrymen and those in the procedure will not be able to apply for the exercise of their activities for two years.

Glass recycling in Kosovo

Circular economy in the first steps of development.

Kosovo Glass Recycling and EcoZ transform glass waste into new-reusable products, removing hundreds of tons of waste from landfills.

Volunteers in action for cleaning the neighborhood “Bajram Curri”

EC Ma Ndryshe has carried out the next cleaning action by joining the initiative of the residents of the neighborhood “Bajram Curri” in Prizren. In addition to residents, various community groups, residents and the football school “Lidhja e Prizrenit” have been mobilized.

Also, the regional waste company “EKO Region” has assisted in the final collection of collected waste. This action, as an example of basic activism, aims to raise awareness for the maintenance of neglected, abandoned, vandalized or misused public spaces and to strengthen the ties of community groups for a cleaner and more sustainable environment.

The EC expresses its readiness to support and remains hopeful of the continuation of such actions across the country.

This activity is supported by the program of the Kosovo Civil Society Foundation (KCSF) ‘EJA Kosovo’, co-financed by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida).

Green talk – sustainable development at the municipal level

This Friday will mark the launch of the second speech within the platform #GreenTalk, where as a speaker we will have the Mayor of Kamenica Municipality, Mr. Qëndron Kastrati, who will unveil his work and his vision on the advancement of practices and policies towards sustainable development at the municipal level.

Tune in to watch the speech tomorrow from 18:30 on the KTV television channel, available also LIVE on the official Facebook pages of the Balkan Green Foundation, KTV, dhe Kosovo Sustainable Development Week.

This second edition of #GreenTalk is supported by the Heinrich-Boll-Stiftung.

Renewable energy generation in Kosovo

The works are continuing with increased intensity in the village of Bajgora in Mitrovica. Yesterday, in Bajgora, the first turbine was installed in the 105-megawatt project of the wind energy park.
The first turbine that will be used for the project of the Kosovo-German-Israeli company ‘SOWI Kosovo’ for the construction of a 105-megawatt wind energy park in Bajgora, Mitrovica, financed by the EBRD, is already in position.

The installed turbine is the first of a total of 27 General Electric turbines to be installed under the project.

This project will contribute to mitigating climate impacts, increasing the share of renewable energy generation in Kosovo and adding 105 MW of wind energy generation capacity to the national energy system.

The project will also significantly increase the share of electricity generated by wind energy in Kosovo, which is otherwise largely dependent on coal-fired power generation.

Electricity generation is expected to start at the end of August 2021.