In the premises of the German Embassy in Bosnia and Herzegovina, on Tuesday, June 20th, 2023, the Grant agreement was signed between the Center for Energy, Environment and Resources (CENER 21) and the German Embassy in Bosnia and Herzegovina. This agreement announced the official start of the implementation of the project “Let’s Recycle in Classroom”.

“Let’s Recycle in the Classroom” is the ground-breaking initiative aims to combat packaging waste, protect biodiversity in the rivers of the Sarajevo Canton, and elevate the quality of life in the Canton through enhanced environmental education in primary schools. By aligning with Sustainable Development Goal 4 (SDG 4) on quality education and Sustainable Development Goal 13 (SDG 13) on climate action, the project significantly contributes to the fulfilment of the global sustainable development agenda.

Increased population and improved living standards contribute to the creation of a large amount of a plastic packaging. According to the UNDP report, in 2018, about 150.000 tons of plastic waste was produced in Bosnia and Herzegovina and only 2% was recycled, while the rest was disposed in a landfill, where it releases harmful chemicals, causing permanent damage to the environment, but also to the economy, due to the loss valuable raw materials that can be recycled into new products and create additional value. Children and young people are particularly vulnerable to the adverse effects of environmental pollution. Therefore, education, awareness-raising, and empowering our youth are critical instruments for addressing these challenges and forging a healthier, more sustainable future. CENER 21 is thrilled to collaborate with primary schools in the Sarajevo Canton, recognizing educational institutions as catalysts for Bosnia and Herzegovina’s transition to a greener society.

The “Let’s Recycle in the Classroom” project encompasses various impactful components, including the procurement of Recyclomats, specialized machines designed for the collection of PET bottles and cans. These machines will be strategically installed in four elementary schools, followed by interactive workshops for students, emphasizing the importance of proper waste management. By promoting critical thinking and instilling a sense of responsibility towards the environment, these workshops empower students to actively participate in sustainable practices. The introduction of Recyclomats enables efficient and selective collection of packaging waste streams, promoting sustainable resource management and reducing the overall plastic footprint.

This project not only represents a significant milestone in sustainable waste management but also lays a robust foundation for environmental protection education, nurturing generations of environmentally conscious citizens. Through this initiative, we inspire young people to develop a deep awareness of their role in preserving nature and actively contribute to creating a greener, healthier environment for all.

The generous support from the German Embassy empowers our community to make substantial progress in environmental protection. By joining forces and educating our young generation, we are shaping a brighter future for our children and preserving precious natural resources for generations to come.