With the Project:
Zero Waste School Ukraine
Zero waste school is an educational project which focuses on waste and recycling. To date, 150 teams from different schools have been informed about ecological issues faced by the Ukraine. In addition, the students learn how to initiate, plan and implement their ecological project ideas. As a result of this initiative, over 4,000 tonnes of recyclable materials have been collected and recycled, including 1,787 tonnes of plastic, 1,647 tonnes of paper, 342 tonnes of glass and 258 tonnes of metal.
In the Ukraine, 95% of the occurring waste are not recycled. This accumulation of waste has caused many problems such as poor air and water quality since the existing landfills can't cope with the amount of waste. As a result, the number of people who suffer from cancer, cardiovascular disease, and problems with their immune system has increased. After the first year of the project had passed, positive changes could be seen in all communities where waste bins had been installed in the streets.
A pro-ecological and zero waste culture was promoted in different communities. Waste separation and recycling practices have been encouraged and have influenced the people's behaviour. The participants have been empowered to assume responsibility for their communities and to serve as change-makers.
Students from all of the 24 Ukrainian regions were selected, up to four from each region. All of them were united for one cause, namely zero waste. After their return back home, they organised a project of their own in order to share their skills and knowledge gained during a course in Kiev.
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