The assistant minister of environmental protection Biljana Filipović-Đušić spoke about the activities that Serbia has undertaken to address the bio-waste management issues.
„We are developing a new Waste Management Strategy for the period 2020 to 2025, which is aligned with the five new EU Circular Economy Directives. It is expected to be adopted this year. Re-use of biodegradable waste is in line with the process of implementing circular economy in Serbia, following the best practice in EU countries and the EU acquis. This project will facilitate the establishment of infrastructure for bio-waste management, primarily through its collection and separation from other waste flows. “
She also mentioned that the EU countries have set the goal for 2035, and Serbia should aspire to it also - to recycle 65 per cent of waste, and to reduce the amount of waste being landfilled to less than 10 per cent.
„With the support of the Kingdom of Sweden and in cooperation with the Ministry of Environmental Protection, UNDP is assisting Serbia, through improved management of biodegradable waste, to reduce greenhouse gasses emissions and pollution, create new jobs and save resources. I hope that thanks to this Challenge Call we will collect many great proposals and that jointly we will contribute to collect and treat greater volumes of this type of waste, for the benefit of the economy, the environment and the citizens of Serbia,“ said Francine Pickup, UNDP Resident Representative to Serbia.
Better management of biodegradable waste contributes to achieving a number of the UN Sustainable Development Goals: ending poverty and hunger, ensuring good health, providing affordable and clean energy, sustainable consumption and production patterns, building sustainable cities and communities and preventing climate change, added Pickup.
According to the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) data, one third of all food produced globally is wasted, and this quantity would be sufficient to feed almost a billion hungry people globally.