ACHIEVE – Zero Plastike

Urban wastes and their administration, under European environmental standards

15 November 2016-15 July 2017

Urban wastes and their administration, under European environmental standards, constitute an acute emergency that needs intervention. Whether the implementation of the National Waste Management plan 2010-2025 has enhanced the legislative situation, starting its alignment to EU directives, the ongoing situation is still pretty dramatic. All around Albania and, as the project concerned, in the city Vlora, plastic collection is carried out by people turning the general waste garbage upside down, looking for plastic wastes. This process causes the dispersion of the general wastes all around the garbage, degrading and making unhealthy the streets for all the community and, moreover, is unacceptable under a social point of view.


  1. To start a process of good practices in plastic waste reduction
  2. Allow the managing waste industry to enhance results that can deal with European standards, as stated by the Stabilization ad Association agreement, in particular art. 108, about the Environment.
  3. To built up for all the stakeholders and for the citizens of Vlora, a better sense of community and belonging to the territory, the municipality and the common spaces.
  4. Through this Action we want to start, or improve, depending on the cases, the sense of responsibility and the European values of each individual.
  5. To improve the feeling of reliability to the neighbourhood and the common spaces,
  6. To improve the quality and efficiency of the service thanks to the apposite plastic trash, and the work of the plastic collectors will became decent and dignified.

Activities undertaken

  1. • Meeting with the waste collection enterprise
  2. One Open air, open meeting
  3. Conference call
  4. TV Spot:
  5. Meetings and workshops with the schools
  6. Open-days, info-days, build up-day
  7. Plastics collection
  8. Evaluation study

Project description: The project will focus on the organizational capacities of the group and will ensure that the best practices of artisan production of various articles from the olive tree from other countries (especially of the neighboring countries Italy and Greece) are shared and entrenched by the women group. Vlora region has a history in growing olive trees and using the fruit not only for oil but for other products so the initiative did not come out in an empty ground. Trying to catch up with the fast development of market demand some local businesses have made certain steps in diversifying their main production of olive and the women group AULEDA and the consultant met and discussed find it appealing to make start the processing as a profitable initiative.
The local B&B businesses, hotels and restaurants of Vlore region have an increasing interest in local ingredients and recipes as one of the main attraction for visitors and tourists, so the initiative will fill this gap in a learning process for many actors of the value chain:
1) The offer (in the form of service and product providers at the local market) will have the chance to present a variety of olive production;
2) Buyers will benefit from local natural products and will support the local economy.
3) Women of this group will learn new skills and expand their business opportunities,

The aim of the project: Women economic initiative to market new products for increasing their income and adding value to a traditional product.

Specific objectives of the project:
a. Initiate a women group for implementing economic activities
b. Increase group income through adding value to local produce
c. Increase opportunities for private investment to further enhance the women economic initiative.
d. Disseminate the impact into wider community in cooperation with local authorities