The final conference that marked of the completion of the project “Management of glass packaging waste in the Western Balkans” was held in Belgrade on December 14, 2022. Project holders – PROs Ekopak from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Pakomak from North Macedonia and Sekopak from Serbia were present.

The project “Management of glass packaging in the countries of the Western Balkans” was implemented as part of the development partnership program with the private sector (develoPPP), and was co-financed by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and PROs from those three Balkan countries. In Bosnia and Herzegovina, the project was implemented in municipalities Bihać, Novi Travnik, Konjic and Ilidža.

Ekopak, in cooperation with GIZ, procured and delivered 190 special waste bins for disposal of glass packaging waste for municipalities of Bihać, Novi Travnik, Konjic and Ilidža. With support of its partner waste management companies they ensured the collection and transportation of the collected quantities for recycling. In 2021, a total of more than 150 tons of glass packaging was submitted for recycling, which is 27% more than at the beginning of the project. Taking into account that the goal of the project was an increase recycling rate for 20%, it means that Ekopak with its partners, waste management companies Vilenica Čistoća Novi Travnik, Standard Konjic, Komrad Bihać and Rad Sarajevo, exceeded the target by 7%.

During implementation of this Project a total of 208,000 kg of glass packaging waste was submitted for recycling from these four local communities in Bosnia and Herzegovina: 114,000 kg in Novi Travnik, more than 64,000 kg in Bihać, 19,000 kg in Konjic and 11,000 kg in Ilidža.
All collected glass packaging waste was transported for recycling to the Vetropavk Straža factory located in Hum Sutla (border between Croatia and Slovenia).