The first edition of the Greenest Municipality Competition for 2015, organized by ECOPACK Bulgaria, has concluded.
Participants included 24 ECOPACK partner municipalities from across the country. The aim of the competition was to award the best eco projects concerned with improving the efficiency of the separate packaging waste collection system. Entries were divided into three categories depending on the size of the population: small municipalities, with population up to 20,000; medium-size municipalities with population 20,000-100,000; and large municipalities with population exceeding 100,000.
Participation in the competition involved two stages – filing in an online form and submitting projects. The winners were selected by an expert jury which evaluated the documents according to the criteria announced in advance on the competition website. The awarded projects meet the requirements for implementation of an innovative approach, sustainability, environmental effectiveness, and social acceptability. They further help raise public awareness of the principles and benefits of separate waste collection.
In the ‘large municipality’ category, the BGN 25,000 prize went to Plovdiv Municipality with a project to improve the efficiency of the separate packaging waste collection system in two regions of the city of Plovdiv – Centralen and Trakia.
In the ‘medium-size municipality’ category, the BGN 15,000 prize was awarded to Peshtera Municipality with a project to improve control and to better protect the separate waste collection system, as well as to promote it among the local population.
Further information about the competition available at http://ecopack.bg/naizelenaobshtina/