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PAKOMAK SUBMITS ITS ANNUAL REPORT TO THE MINISTRY OF ENVIRONMENT AND SPATIAL PLANING

In March, Pakomak submitted its annual report for managing waste in 2014 to the Ministry of Environment and Spatial Planning. For the fourth consecutive year, Pakomak not only meets its national goals, it exceeds them. We will continue with our positive results in the future, thus guaranteeing the safety of all our clients.

In 2014 we included 735 companies in our system for managing packaging waste, who according to their monthly submitted reports, release over 42.000 tons of waste on the domestic market. 27.4% (11.500 tons) of the reported 42.000 tons of packaging waste from our clients were recycled. We will continue with our recycling cycle in 2015 and will always be your reliable, efficient, quality solution for managing packaging waste.

Pakomak met the requirements for keeping its license to handle packaging waste, in accordance with Article 21 of the Law for managing waste and packaging waste. This is a reliable confirmation that your company is always in compliance with legal obligations.

INVESTMENT IN INFRASTRUCTURE

Pakomak continuously develops utility infrastructure throughout the Republic of Macedonia. The donation of bins and containers in cities throughout the country aims to make the sorting and recycling of packaging waste easily accessible to everyone.

From January 1st to March 31st 2015, 1.1m3 containers for collecting PET packaging and cans were donated in the following cities:
- 30 yellow containers in Stip
- 20 yellow containers in Ohrid
- 20 yellow containers in Bitola
- 10 yellow containers in the municipality of Rankovce

Pakomak is the most committed collective system for managing packaging waste in the country, with 42.000 tons of packaging waste passing through our system annually. The improvement of utility infrastructure not only contributes to easier sorting and recycling of packaging waste, it also increases the public’s environmental awareness.

TRASH FOR ART EXHIBITION IN VERO AND RAMSTORE MALL

In December, Pakomak announced the competition “Trash for Art 2014”. Over 160 artworks were registered in the contest. The winning artworks and the ones who made it into the finals were exhibited in Vero and Ramstore Mall throughout January.

The visitors in these malls had an opportunity to enjoy the exhibition and to see for themselves that with a little imagination and creativity, packaging waste can be turned into real works of art.

The purpose of the exhibition was to raise the public’s environmental awareness and at the same time to motivate all those who see the display of artwork xto sort and recycle their packaging waste. The packaging waste which has a past can also have a future. By making small changes in our habits we can continue the recycling cycle, so that the packaging which ends up in landfills can end up as new products instead.

THE PROJECT “3D ECO-BUS” CONTINUES THROUGHOUT OTHER MUNICIPALITIES

The project “3D eco-bus” continued to take place throughout the municipalities of Kisela Voda, Gjorce Petrov and Gazi Baba. The educational, interactive program included over 8200 students from 3 municipalities.

A 40 minute 3D program was organized in the bus, which was stationed near the school, including a lecture, projection of a 3D film and an interactive game-test for the students and teachers. After the presentation, the teachers gave positive statements:

- “A well conceived and implemented project. We always have excellent cooperation with Pakomak. Keep up the good work.”

- “It’s easier to learn in a fun, entertaining way. This will be an additional motivation to apply everything we have learned.”

- “An educative, unusual presentation. It’s easier to learn in a fun, entertaining way.”

Pakomak will continue with its educational projects in other municipalities, in order to help children develop environmentally responsible behavior.

INITIATIVE FOR A DAY WITHOUT PRINTING

For the first time in our country Pakomak, along with its 735 member companies, organized a day without printing. On February 27th, Pakomak called upon the public and other companies to “turn off” their printers at home, work and everywhere else.

“Even though our company’s primary business activity is managing packaging waste, we thought we might contribute additionally by increasing the public’s awareness about their everyday habits and the effect they have on the environment. We decided to initiate this day to highlight the fact that every preserved piece of paper saves a tree.” – said Filip Ivanovski, director of Pakomak.

COLLABORATION WITH CITY MALL FOR WOMEN’S DAY

Pakomak, in collaboration with City Mall’s Women’s Club, gave away flower seeds to all visitors marking the celebration of women’s day-8th of March.

The flower seed, along with the message “from a green home to a green world” aimed to increase environmental awareness among visitors. The company will continue to promote positive habits among citizens, because only by working together can we create a “green” future for us all.

NEW ECO-PARK ON MOUNTAIN VODNO

Pakomak opened its first educative eco-park on mountain Vodno, near the cableway “Milenkiumski krst”, in collaboration with Procredit Bank, the public enterprise “Parkovi I Zelenilo” (“Parks and Greenery”), the city of Skopje and the students and teachers from 60 schools throughout Skopje.

The eco-park covers an area of 1.000 square meters where visitors can enjoy in the natural beauty of Vodno’s forest, while learning more about recycling and the history of the location.

The students from these schools in Skopje, who regularly recycle plastic waste, planted 60 new seedlings of coniferous trees in the park, which will remain a legacy for generations to come.

Bins for selective disposal, boards with eco-messages and boards depicting the chronology of Skopje from the 4th millennium B.C. to present were additionally placed throughout the park.

Apart from educating, this project also aims to preserve the natural beauty of frequently visited locations by the citizens of Skopje, as well as Vodno’s biodiversity.

NEW ECO-CAFES AND ECO-RESTAURANTS IN SKOPJE

Thirty cafes and restaurants throughout the city of Skopje have joined Pakomak’s eco-project “Are you Recycling?”. From now on, the employees in these facilities will sort beverage packaging in Pakomak’s special bins, contributing towards its recycling.

All cafes and restaurants have an interesting eco-branding that aims to raise the visitors’ environmental awareness.

The current cafes and restaurants collect over 6 tons of glass packaging each month and with the additional 30 facilities this number is expected to double. Pakomak intends to organize eco-parties in these locations and further increasing the public’s environmental awareness.

SPRING INITIATIVE “FIRST ONE TO THE TOP”

On March 22nd Pakomak organized the sporting event “First one to the top”, marking the beginning of spring.

Over 2.000 participants climbed and biked their way to the top of mountain Vodno, starting their route from “Koco Racin” primary school at 09:00 o’clock. A party with a DJ awaited everyone at the finish line and the fastest participants who reached the top first, received a gift-a book on healthy lifestyle and nutrition. The bins Pakomak placed at the top of Vodno served as an eco-reminder to the participants to be careful about where they dump the packaging from their waste.

Pakomak will continue to encourage a healthy and active lifestyle, to strengthen environmental habits and to unite citizens with the idea of sport, recreation and enjoying nature.