Name: Ulcinj coast plastic free

Period: June 2020 until September 2021

Location: Long beach and Ada Bojana in Ulcinj

Beneficiaries: local citizens in the territory of Ulcinj Municipality, tourists, children, beach users and beach owners, restaurant and hotel owners, cottage owners on Bojana River, etc.

Sponsors: GIZ

Partners: NGO Green Life (lead partner) – Association Ada Bojana – NGO Green Step – NGO Regional Development Agency – Ulcinj business Association – Dr. Martin Schneider Jacoby Association –  Municipality Ulcinj, PE Morsko dobro and Communal Utility Ulcinj

Budget: >40k€


In Montenegro according to the Law on waste management, Municipalities are responsible for the waste management on its own territory. Municipality Ulcinj has 13 km Long beach (Long Beach) and Ada Bojana with huge pressure of massive tourism and thus singe use plastics in the area. Area of Ada Bojana has no municipal waste management at all. All the waste generated in the area of Long beach and Ada Bojana is threatening to become marine litter.

This global project is designed as a set of activities supported by NGOs who actively work in the area and institutions including Ulcinj Municipality, Communal Utility and PE Morsko dobro. Activities will be implemented in a synchronized manner aiming to reduce use of SUP at Long beach and Ada Bojana. The Project has two main components and related activities and will be implemented in the period from June 2020 until September 2021.


Objective of the project is to improve waste management system and reduce use of Single-Use Platics (SUP) at Long beach and Ada Bojana in Ulcinj.

ZWMNE is responsible for one of the 14 activities taken place in this global project: to educate and raise for hotels and beach bars at the project location. ZWMNE will identify 7 hotels, beach bars and restaurants that have interest to implement plastic free practices. Waste audit will be conducted at 3 locations. Waste audit will consist of a qualitative audit of all types of bins in the selected HORECA business as well as in depth visit to identify SUP used around their premises. Research alternatives to SUP in Montenegro will be identified in sample hotels, beach bars and restaurants and training materials to present alternatives prepared.

Training will be organized jointly for hotels, beach bars and restaurants from Long beach and Ada Bojana willing to take part.

A set of general recommendations for the HORECA sector in terms of SUP reduction will be produced.

The restaurants and hotels showing the biggest interest in reducing SUP will get support for Implementation of up to three practices (e.g. 2000 straws made of alternative material such as bamboo).


In Autumn 2020, we conducted 7 audits at 7 beach cafes and restaurants and hotels in Ulcinj Long Beach.

Audit was made of waste audit around the place, as well as identification of sources of SUP and interview with the owners.

We created a detailed report with best practices and recommendations for improvement for all the beach cafes and restaurants and hotels in Ulcinj Long Beach which can also be used by most Horeca business in Montenegro. Report will be made available soon.

We have identified alternatives to SUP that are sold in Montenegro and have created a ZERO WASTE HORECA GUIDE of what SUP’s can be replaced by and where to buy them in Montenegro.


We are always looking for ideas and suggestions to spread the Zero Waste Horeca Guidebook in Montenegro in digital or paper versions to create more awareness in the Horecal sector.

Example of practise to change: use of single-use plastic straws on the beach
Example of good practises: refillable concentrated cleaning products.
Example of good practise: use of reusable melanine glasses on the beach
Example of practise to be changed: recylcing bins used as general bins