PROJECT Circular Economy
Cleaning Black Sea waters from marine litter in Beloslav
Development and implementation of an innovative model for reduction of the amount of plastic waste in the marine environment from land-based sources
Plastic waste is a worldwide problem polluting the environment. Most of it ends up in the ocean via waterways. This damages marine ecosystems and affects the health of animals and humans. Plastic waste landing in the sea goes back to an undeveloped local infrastructure for recycling and waste disposal. Waste incineration produces carbon emission and contributes to climate change issues.
AREA AND PARTICIPANTS
The project will take place in the municipality of Beloslav located on the Bulgarian Black Sea coast. The associated partners are Ecoinvest Assets, Green Industry Innovation and Technology Transfer Foundation, International Development Norway and several other contractors.
The target groups of the project are the local citizens, local and regional authorities, media, school children and non-governmental organizations working in the field of environmental protection.
The implementation of the project will reduce the amount of plastic waste in marine waters and create an alternative system for recycling plastic waste. International Development Norway, by means of established Norwegian practices, will develop and implement a pilot model for reducing plastic waste in the Black Sea waters. The project is supported by PreciousPlastic, a global initiative to reduce and reuse plastic in a sustainable way.
International Development will assist in the following activities:
1. Improving recycling infrastructure
Development of an innovative local plastic recycling system in Beloslav municipality as part of the PreciousPlastic project. A separate waste collection system solely for plastic will be introduced and a mobile station for recycling of the collected litter will be created. A dedicated municipal center will coordinate the process, which will rely extensively on the citizens’ active participation.
2. Awareness campaigns for prevention of marine pollution by plastic waste
This includes the initiative of citizens and school children cleaning the ocean from litter.
3. Educational training for Circular Economy
Municipality workers, school teachers and school children will undergo a training programme to investigate causes and effects of marine litter pollution and to understand the concept of Circular Economy.