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Ekopak is first and leading licensed packaging recovery organisation in Bosnia and Herzegovina
Ekopak is a pioneer in Bosnia and Herzegovina in the process of establishment and development of the packaging and packaging waste management system
Ekopak is founded by leading international, regional and local companies
Operations of Ekopak are based on best EU practices, but also on highest business standards which are in accordance with the standards of the shareholders
Ekopak takes responsibility for the fulfillment of legal obligations for producers, importers, distributors and retailers at the lowest sustainable cost and for the benefit of the entire community
Principle of Ekopak is equal treatment for all - the shareholders of Ekopak have neither special status
Employees of Ekopak perform their tasks fully professionally, responsibly, transparently and according to highest ethical standards which are in compliance with all legal requirements
Ekopak is 32. member of the PROEUROPE - European umbrella organisation for the packaging and packaging waste recovery systems, based in Brussels
Ekopak is authorised to assign an internationally trademark "Green dot" to companies that behave responsible towards their packaging waste on the market of Bosnia and Herzegovina
Any usage of the symbol on the market of Bosnia and Herzegovina without exclusive permission from Ekopak is violation of the current legislation
"Green Dot" on the packaging means that company who uses it fulfills its legal obligations through Ekopak, finances the establishment of system of separate collection and recycling of packaging waste in Bosnia and Herzegovina
The Municipality Ilidža received 50 containers for collecting glass packaging
The Municipality Ilidža, which is one of the four municipalities from Bosnia and Herzegovina involved in the regional project "Management of glass packaging in the Western Balkans", received 50 containers for the collection of glass packaging. The project, which is being implemented in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia and Northern Macedonia, aims to increase glass packaging recycling rates by 20%, and the installation of 50 special containers for glass packaging in the Municipality Ilidža will greatly contribute to this goal.
The project in the Municipality of Ilidža is implemented by: Municipality of Ilidža, the first operator of the packaging waste management system in Bosnia and Herzegovina "Ekopak", the Cantonal Public Utility Company (KJKP) "RAD", the Association for Economic Development (REDAH) and the German Organization for International Cooperation (GIZ).
"I am really glad that I was invited here today to attend the handover of glass packaging containers in the Municipality of Ilidža. I want to point out that Ilidža is one of the four municipalities working together on this project whose goal is to raise the rate of recycled glass by 20%, which leads to 200t of savings in terms of CO2 and it is an outstanding result. When we talk about bilateral cooperation between Germany and Bosnia and Herzegovina, there are two main points, namely environmental protection and climate change, and on the other hand support to economy" said Michaela Passlick, Head of the Department for Economic Cooperation at the German Embassy in BiH.
The beginning of the project in the Municipality of Ilidža was welcomed by Peter Wolf, Head of GIZ Open Regional Fund for Modernization of Municipal Services, who said: "This project refers to the creation of a system of added value or cost-effective glass recycling process implemented by three private companies from BiH (Ekopak), Serbia (Sekopak) and (Pakomak) from Northern Macedonia, three associations and twelve pilot municipalities that will simultaneously work to achieve objectives and improve in the field of waste management. "
Lamija Halilović, representative of the Municipality of Ilidža, emphasized that by signing the memorandum for participation in the project, her municipality committed to provide locations in public areas where containers for glass packaging will be placed and added that she hopes that after this project's s main goal will be achieved.
Vera Arnautović, director of Cantonal Public Utility Company "RAD" said that out of 50 delivered containers, 30 will be available to citizens while 20 containers will be distributed in hotels and restaurants.
"It is very important to mention that KJKP "Rad" provided a vehicle for emptying these containers. Recycling is very important for us because it is a long-term process and we need support from municipalities, institutions and citizens" said Aranutović.
Managing director of Ekopak, Amela Hrbat emphasized that three countries, twelve local communities, three system operators, GIZ, REDAH and utility companies are involved in this project with the aim of raising the glass recycling rate by 20%, so now the Municipality of Ilidža, KJKP Rad and Ekopak have to work on achieving that goal.
Ivica Sivrić, Director of REDAH, said that the function of REDAH within the project is the implementation of German government funds and stressed that the project is very complex in Bosnia and Herzegovina: "Now that the containers have been set up in all local communities, our goal is to monitor waste collection and transfer these good practices to other local communities in the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina."
The project "Management of glass packaging in the Western Balkans" is implemented within the development partnership program with the private sector (develoPPP) and is funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), as well as the first operator of packaging waste management in Bosnia and Herzegovina "Ekopak", system operators "Sekopak" from Serbia and "Pakomak" from Northern Macedonia. This regional project will be implemented in Bosnia and Herzegovina in the City of Bihać and municipalities of Novi Travnik, Konjic and Ilidža.