Date: 14/10/2019

AmCham joins partners in voluntary action Let’s Clean Up Avala

Belgrade’s favorite picnic area and one of the city’s most visited tourist sights has been cleaned up in the voluntary action, Let’s Clean Up Avala, in which 570kg of waste was collected.

This event was part of AmCham’s environmental committee’s activities, and was achieved with the support of The Secretariat for Environmental Protection and in partnership with AmCham company members, the Voždovac municipality, the Avala Forest Administration, PUC Gradska čistoća, HSC Balkan and others.

During the action, volunteers cleaned the green areas around Avala Tower and the Šuplja stena as well as the footpath through the forest to Avala Tower and a car route to the top and back.

“Our Avala counts on us alone! That is why, through the common efforts of many volunteers, both employees of AmCham member companies and our partners, today we were "another valuable hand" in the field. Besides cleaning, the aim of today's action is to raise awareness of key environmental issues, one of which is waste management” – emphasized the Chair of AmCham’s Environmental Committee, Andrea Radonjić. She added that “The Environmental Committee seeks to raise awareness of key environmental issues and remove regulatory obstacles related to waste management, the circular economy and other urgent environmental policy issues. The aim is to align domestic regulations with EU regulations and enable their smooth implementation in practice. In this business, we have an excellent and constructive relationship with the Government of Serbia, the Ministry of Environmental Protection and other competent associations with which we will continue to cooperate on these issues in the future. "

Participants in today's action, Let's clean Up Avala, were also greeted by Marija Tubić from the Avala Forest Administration, the Avala Tower’s public relations manager Jelena Dimitrijević Gajić, and Milanka Arsić from the Balkan Hiking and Sports Club.
The Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Company, Marbo, Nelt, Atlantic Grupa and Mars provided water, juice, snacks and sweets for volunteers, and Ball Packaging Europe provided all participants with protective gloves and bags for waste disposal. In case of need BelMedic’s team was on site the whole time.

AmCham’s Environmental Committee focuses on improving the existing packaging waste management system and engages in dialogue with the Ministry of Environmental Protection, the Serbian Environmental Protection Agency and other partners with the aim of empowering local self-government in this area.