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2015



PAKOMAK PART OF THE FMCG SUMMIT

The first FMCG summit in Macedonia was held on May 12th in “Alexander Palace” hotel.

Management representatives from the largest companies in Macedonia, employees from purchasing, marketing and sales sectors, consultants and agencies all attended the summit. Current issues and problems concerning retailers, distributors and manufacturers were discussed and analyzed from a new, fresh perspective.

As a supporter of the summit, Pakomak gave out eco-bags to all the attendees and reminded them about the importance of sorting and recycling waste.

NEW BINS IN TETOVO AND BITOLA

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

In the last 3 months, bins for selective disposal of waste were set up in the following locations:

• 10 bins in “Palma Mall” in Tetovo
• 500 bins throughout the center of Bitola

Pakomak is the most dedicated collective system for managing waste in the country, with 42.000 tons of packaging waste passing through their system annually. Improving communal infrastructure will not only improve sorting and recycling waste, it will also contribute towards increasing the public’s environmental awareness.

BRANDING TRUCKS IN BITOLA

Pakomak branded the trucks for collection of waste with the eco-message “Don’t stop the circle”, continuing its collaboration with the Public Communal Enterprise in Bitola.

The visual display of how plastic bottles can become shoes, cardboard boxes can become books and glass bottles can become glasses, will further motivate the citizens of Bitola to continue the recycling cycle.

Pakomak will continue to raise the public’s environmental awareness through various eco activities and initiatives.

CONTINUING THE DONATIONS IN TETOVO

Pakomak donated a truck for collection of paper to the city of Tetovo and half of the required amount for purchasing a vehicle for sweeping streets.

This is the third truck that Pakomak has donated to the city of Tetovo, in addition to 40 containers and 100 bins for collecting plastic packaging and other communal waste.

Tetovo is among the cities that generate the most waste and packaging waste and these donations significantly improve communal infrastructure and hygiene throughout the streets of the city.

The donation was received by the mayor of Tetovo, mrs. Teuta Arifi, who expressed her gratitude for Pakomak’s support in handling waste and expressed confidence that through this partnership Tetovo will soon become a city that effectively manages its waste and packaging waste.

OPENING OF THE FIRST WASTE SORTING LINE IN STIP

The collaboration between Pakomak, the municipality of Stip and Public Enterprise Isar began in 2011. 2015 was a year of great progress, with the opening of a sorting line for secondary selection of packaging waste.

The initial results, realized during the month of June, are encouraging. More than 4.5 tons of plastic bottles, about 150.000 pieces of PET packaging, have been selected in the municipality of Stip.

The sorting line consists of two machines, a conveyor and a press for selecting, pressing and baling waste. The entire investment costs around 40.000 euros and is part of Pakomak’s collaboration with the company Isar.

Stip produces around 280 m3 of waste daily. 30% of it is plastic waste, 33% is paper, 3% is glass and 40% is other communal waste. Citizens sort around 2% of the waste, while PE Isar collects and processes around 6 m3 of plastic and paper every day. The rest of the waste is transported and destroyed at the city’s landfill. PE Isar and Pakomak’s efforts aim to create long-term sustainable methods for preventing, educating and raising public awareness about the importance of sorting packaging waste and protecting the environment.

By opening this sorting line, PE Isar will provide additional income from secondary selection of waste, in addition to meeting legal requirements and obligations and Pakomak, as the first and largest collective handler of packaging waste in the country, will fulfill their national objectives about managing packaging waste in a new, modern way.

AWARDS FOR THE MOST SUCCESSFUL PARTICIPANTS IN THE “3D ECO QUIZ”

In April, the 3D eco-bus ended its tour in Skopje, and began visiting schools throughout the municipality of Stip.

Students had the opportunity to test the knowledge they acquired during the eco-presentations by taking the eco-quiz on Pakomak’s website. The best students were awarded the following prizes:

1st place: Bicycle
Bojana Cilevska-“Mirce Acev” primary school, municipality of Gjorce petrov, Skopje

2nd place: Camera
David Todorov-“Krume Kepeski” primary school, municipality of Kisela Voda, Skopje

3rd place: Skateboard
Tomas Stojanovski-“Dimitar Makedonski” primary school, munmicipality of Kisela Voda, Skopje

4th place: Rollerblades
Andrej Angelovski-“11 Oktomvri” primary school, municipality of Center, Skopje

3D ECO-BUS IN STIP AND BITOLA

The 3D eco-bus continued its tour throughout schools in Stip and Bitola until the end of the school year in June. The project revolves around a 40 minute 3D interactive lecture, screening of a 3D film and an interactive game-test, all of which will take place within the nearby stationed eco-bus. The objective is for students to acquire knowledge and build a positive attitude towards collecting waste, through a fun, interactive program. The bus visited 5 primary schools in Stip, and 2018 students got to hang out with Pakomak’s superheroes. In Bitola, 2835 students from 10 primary schools took part in the interactive 3D screening in the eco-bus.

The students and their teachers all had positive comments:

“Students had the opportunity to visually see the benefits of recycling. Wonderfully though out, we look forward to working together in the future.”

“The students learned a lot in a fun, interesting way.”

“Excellent work. Children learn best through fun and games.

The project was positively received by everyone and will continue to take place throughout other schools in Macedonia in September with the objective of helping kids create socially responsible habits.

PAKOMAK TAKES PART IN THE KID’S FESTIVAL “POTOCINJA”

Pakomak supported the kid’s music festival “Potocinja” this year as well.

Before the start of the festival, the kids watched an educative video about the importance of sorting and recycling waste. They were introduced to the activities regarding the 3D eco-bus and the merry gang- the kids who promote positive eco-habits with Ivce Pivce on radio Slobodna Makedonija.

Pakomak will continue with similar activities in order to inspire the children’s positive outlook on sorting waste.

SPRING CLEANING WITH “TINEX” SUPERMARKETS

In April, Pakomak began a spring cleaning eco-initiative for glass packaging with “Tinex” supermarkets.

From April to June, special containers for glass and paper were set up in front of “Tinex” supermarkets. In just 3 months, over 30 tons of glass was collected and recycled, while citizens disposed of glass waste and old paper that took up space around their houses. In order to motivate citizens, Pakomak gave out flower seeds to the citizens who brought in seven glass jars or bottles.

PAKOMAK, PART OF THE FLOWER FESTIVAL IN SKOPJE

On 16th and 17th of May the second flower festival took place in the city park of Skopje. During the festival, employees from PE “Parks and Greenery” shared their experiences on proper planting and growing flowers with everyone present and held creative workshops for floral arrangements, origami, flower rims and so on. The festival had a special entertainment and picnic zone where citizens had the opportunity to see colorful performances, practice aerobics with their kids and listen to music. Pakomak attended the flower festival along with their 3D eco-bus where children had the opportunity to learn more about recycling and preserving the environment. At the same time, awards were handed out to the best students who participated in the eco-project “clean environment, clean school, clean hands”.

ECO-LECTURES IN KINDERGARTENS AND SCHOOLS

In collaboration with AIESEC, Pakomak held educative lectures about recycling throughout multiple kindergartens and schools. Students found out what happens to waste after they dispose of it in Pakomak’s special bins and how it’s processed into useful new products. At the end of the presentation, the students received eco-dictionaries and eco-picture books.

Containers for collecting plastic and paper were additionally set up throughout these facilities where students have the opportunity to practice their newly acquired knowledge.

“MEMORY” ECO-GAME IN CAPITOL MALL

In May, Capitol Mall and Pakomak organized an interesting eco-game called “memory” in the municipality of Aerodrom, Skopje.

Like every memory game, children had to connect two identical images, in this case glass, paper and plastic packaging waste. The proper color of the disposal bin for every type of packaging waste was referred under every picture. This was a fun, entertaining way for kids to memorize and learn how to properly sort and recycle waste.

BRANDING CONTAINERS IN RAMSTORE MALL

Pakomak and Ramstore mall surrounded the area where special containers for waste disposal were placed, branding them with a joint eco-message “don’t stop the circle”.

The containers are located behind the shopping center where there is a high frequency of people, and the goal is to visually show citizens the benefit of sorting and recycling and motivate them to continue the recycling circle.

The company will continue to work with partners in order to reach as many citizens as possible and promote positive environmental habits among them all.

NEW ECO-CAFES AND ECO-RESTAURANTS IN SKOPJE

New cafes and restaurants joined Pakomak’s eco-initiative “Are you recycling?” and now this project has a total of 70 members. The employees in these facilities sort beverage packaging in Pakomak’s special bins and contribute towards its recycling.

All cafes and restaurants that have joined the project have an interesting eco-branding aimed at increasing environmental awareness among visitors.

Over 30 tons of glass is collected by these facilities and this number is expected to increase in the future. Pakomak intends to organize eco-parties in these facilities, further strengthening environmental awareness among citizens.

CELEBRATING ENVIRONMENTAL WORLD DAY

Environmental world day, 5th of June, was marked by the organizations “Planetum” from Strumica, “4x4x4 balkan Bridges” from Skopje and the students from “Kiril i Metodij” primary school, in the village of Dabilja.

The day was marked by cleaning the school yard of “Kiril I Metodij” and exhibiting photos that best portray the disaster of flooded areas in the region of Strumica.

Pakomak supported this event by providing bags and gloves for all those who collected waste. The company additionally awarded the student who brought in the most packaging waste throughout the school year.

The event was organized within the project: Development of ENV.net in the Western Balkans and Turkey: the voice of citizens, about their influence in the process of reforming the environment for sooner integration in the EU, supported by the European Union.

In the future, Pakomak will not only be a supporter, but a voice for all the core issues regarding ecology and environmental protection.