By Decree (РД-374/16.05.2014) of the Minister of the Environment and Water Iskra Mihailova, the recycling and recovery targets of the members of ECOPACK for 2013 are recognized as fulfilled (see full text of the Decree and list of members with fulfilled targets).
In 2013, ECOPACK Bulgaria further reinforced its leading position among packaging waste recovery organizations in this country, with a 44% market share.
In 2013, ECOPACK clients (leading Bulgarian and international companies) declared 139,220 tons of packaging released in the market, which was 6.53% more than the previous year, and ECOPACK handed over for recycling and recovery 78,260 t of packaging waste, of which 40,461 t paper, 18,881 t glass, 10,407 t plastic, 3,579 t metal, and 4,932 t wood. The total recycled amount constitutes 56.22% of the declared packaging.
Thus, thanks to its clients, partners and the residents of 71 municipalities hosting 15,370 color containers, ECOPACK made its own contribution towards environmental protection and saving of natural resources and materials by:
- Saving 526,000 trees from felling;
- Saving 75 million kWh of electricity;
- 1,295 million liters of drinking water;
- 101,150 barrels of petroleum oil;
- Reducing the amount of landfill waste by 162,000 cubic meters.
Even in the course of the past year, ECOPACK continued to invest hundreds of thousands in separate waste collection systems, adopting new technical solutions and European practices. The year was marked by the successful start of building up separate packaging waste collection systems in Silistra Municipality, as well as the ‘Golden Sands’ and ‘Saints Konstantin and Elena’ resorts.
In 2013, ECOPACK expanded its presence in Sofia by signing a contract for covering two new regions – Mladost and Studentski. Thus the number of the residents living in the 6 Sofia regions serviced by ECOPACK grew to 405,926. The total population covered by the organization within separate packaging waste collection systems in 2013 numbered 2.84 million in 71 municipalities.
To improve the functioning of the system, ECOPACK actively continues to replace hinge-lid glass containers with those of the igloo type, shown by analyses to lead to collection of far cleaner and higher quality waste.
In 2013, ECOPACK continued to expand the GPS system the installation of which began in 2011. The goal is to improve control of subcontractor performance. In the course of the year, another 28 new special GPS-equipped trucks were provided in Russe, Dobritch, Shumen, Razgrad, Vratsa, Montana, Vidin, Pleven, Silistra, Haskovo, Dimitrovgrad, Chirpan, Radnevo, Cherven Bryag, Lukovit, Kyustendil, Dupnitsa, Plovdiv, and Pravets. In this way, ECOPACK employees and representatives of the respective municipality and servicing company can track the servicing routes, types of containers serviced, and their location.
In 2013, the organization launched an innovative beverage carton recycling project, ‘An Empty Carton Is Full of Natural Resources’.
In addition to purely technical improvements, in 2013, ECOPACK continued investing efforts and resources in national local campaigns to raise public awareness and motivation to collect packaging waste separately. We have kept up our most successful project – the ECOPACK 3D Ecobus, which up to now has trained more than 80,000 schoolchildren and 2,000 adults in 80 municipalities across the country. In 2013 alone, this successful initiative has won awards in prestigious Bulgarian and international competitions, such as ISWA Communication Awards; PR Priz, Bright Awards, National Innovation Forum, International PR Association Golden Awards.
In 2013, ECOPACK also receive well-deserved recognition for its overall performance in the service of society and the environment – the Corporate Social Responsibility Award in the competition organized by Ikonomika magazine. The organization was chosen directly by the public, through voting on the competition website. The award comes as high recognition of ECOPACK’s social responsibility, which underlies the company’s mission and vision of good corporate governance.