Zero Waste Montenegro is the only NGO in Montenegro with strong and dedicated focus on waste management issues.
Zero Waste Montenegro was founded in March 2015 by Alexandra Aubertin, environmental consultant (Ramsdem) and activist and Azra Vukovic, former project coordinator at the well-established Montenegrin environmental NGO Green Home, and former director of the National Parks of Montenegro. Together they decided to create a national network willing to support Montenegro government to achieve the goals of the current National Waste Management Plan 2014-2020 related to Zero Waste strategy. Since its creation several motivated volunteers have joined the team and give their time for a cause they strongly believe in.
It is the vision of Zero Waste Montenegro (ZWMNE) to facilitate a culture change within Montenegro that will result in a marked improvement in waste reduction, reusing and recycling. Our activities range from awareness raising among citizens, municipalities, local NGO’s and government bodies regarding the concepts of Zero Waste and the Circular Economy to advising municipal public utilities companies on the implementation of their solid waste management plan, via providing guidance how to optimize operational processes in recycling units.
Our initial activities are focusing on communication and awareness raising which will be followed up by pilot projects, the results and success of which can be used to create momentum and foster popular support to tackle larger projects within Montenegro.
ZWMNE was initially set up as in 2015 a program within the NGO Green Home. Since November 2016, ZWMNE is registered as an NGO under the number 8388 in registry of non-government organizations with the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Montenegro 2016.
- Raising awareness on the concept of Circular Economy
- Promoting Zero Waste practices (such as composting and use of reusable items)
- Lobbying against waste incineration
- Providing technical expertise to recycling facilities to increase their recycling rate
- Establishing an active Zero Waste community
- Supporting the establishment of the First Zero Waste Municipality
- Lobbying for a nation-wide plastic bag ban
- Organizing clean-ups to raise awareness on illegal waste dumping
Relation to the 7th Environment Action Programme | European Commission
ZWMNE’s strategy addresses EAP’s three key objectives which are:
- to protect, conserve and enhance the Union’s natural capital
- to turn the Union into a resource-efficient, green, and competitive low-carbon economy
- to safeguard the Union’s citizens from environment-related pressures and risks to health and wellbeing
as well as one horizontal priority objective:
- to make the Union’s cities more sustainable
Membership at international level
- Zero Waste Europe Network since 2015
- Break Free From Plastic since 2018
Membership at national level
- Coalition 27 since 2020