Mayor of Plovdiv Ivan Totev personally received the Greenest Municipality of 2015 award in the ‘large municipality’ category in the competition organized by ECOPACK Bulgaria. The BGN 25,000 prize is to finance an eco-project to improve the packaging waste collection rate in retail outlets in the city center.
The project aims to implement and develop a ‘mixed type’ of system for packaging waste collection in fast-food and retail outlets. In the central shopping zone, in the area of the main pedestrian street, it is not possible to install and service color-coded igloo-type containers. This is the location of the largest number of retail outlets where up to 80% of waste is packaging.
Plovdiv Municipality environmental experts estimate that in one year alone, the retail outlets in the city center can collect 50% of the total recyclable waste collected in two large Plovdiv districts – Centralen and Trakia.
The first edition of the Greenest Municipality competition brought together 24 partner municipalities of ECOPACK from across the country. The goal was to award the best eco projects, as well as to encourage active green policies on the part of the municipalities, to improve the efficiency of the systems for separate waste collection, and to inform and educate the public about its uses and benefits. The prizes provided by ECOPACK Bulgaria will finance green and sustainable projects of social importance in each municipality.
The winner in the ‘medium-size municipality’ category, was Peshtera Municipality with a project to improve control and to better protect the color-coded separate waste collection containers through a video surveillance system. (See more)
The projects were evaluated by experts in separate waste collection (ECOPACK Bulgaria), independent experts in the field of packaging waste management (Denkstatt Bulgaria), and experts in organizing and conducting public awareness campaigns (V+O Communication).
Watch the award ceremony here