September 16, 2020 - The International Coastal Cleanup Day 2020 will take place on Saturday, September 19, with waste clean-ups at 13 locations, coordinated by NGO Zero Waste Montenegro and NGO Our Action.
More than 10 NGOs, international institutions, public companies, and citizens groups across Montenegro are joining forces to raise awareness of the growing problem of overuse of disposable plastics and waste accumulation:
"It is the world's largest, annual, volunteer effort tackling this problem in our seas and waterways. The focus of the International Coastal Cleanup Day in Montenegro is waste reduction, particularly of single-use plastics. Its enduring presence in the ocean and rivers, and its irreversible negative impact on the marine and river ecosystems are killing hundreds of thousands of birds and marine animals, and has an indirect negative impact on human health," the NGO Zero Waste Montenegro points out.
Clean-ups at 13 locations start at 9 am: Pristan at Luštici, the beach near Plavi Horizontati, the road at the limit of Krašić in Tivat, Bar beach and Maljevik beach in Bar, the left and right banks of Ada Bojana, Velika beach in Ulcinj, the beach near Sinjavac island and Lješnica beach in Bijelo Polje, the shore of Lake Krupac in Nikšić, the beach under the viaduct in Rogami in Podgorica, while other clean-ups will be organized at the Ćehotina riverbed in Pljevlja and the Solana canal in Ulcinj on September 20.
Maximum of 40 volunteers at each location, protective equipment required
The organizers ask everyone who is participating to observe the epidemiological measures in force in our country and the instructions of the local clean-up coordinator:
At all clean-ups, the maximum number of people allowed will be 40, with the obligation to respect a physical distance of at least two meters.
People in high-risk groups and those who are ill or who have recently visited a high-risk area are asked to stay at home.
All participants must wear masks and gloves as well as bring their own water/refreshments. Food and water will NOT be provided at this year's events to in order to prevent the spread of the virus.
All participants are strongly advised to wash their hands with soap and water or hand sanitizer after the event.
Locations coordinators for coastal clean-up locations:
- Location Pristan, Luštica, Herceg Novi. Coordinator: Milica Boca, +382 (0) 68 330 000 or through social networks
- Ulcinj - Ada Bojana - Right and left banks of Bojana, Cleanup coordinator: Sanja Čapunović, Phone: +382 (0) 68 026 161, Association Ada Bojana
- Nikšić - lake Krupac, Cleanup Coordinators Aleksandar Perović / Savo Milojević, Phone: +382 (0) 67 608 083 / +382 (0) 67 617 671, NGO Ozon
- Bijelo Polje location 1, Cleanup Coordinator Željko Đukić, Phone: +382 (0) 68 491 335, NGO Multimedia MNE
- Bar - Bar beach and beach Maljevik, Cleanup coordinator Milica Pavlović, Phone: +382 (0) 66 125 925
Each participant volunteer will be provided with a pair of reusable garden gloves to collect litter from river banks and beaches.
On several beaches and river banks, the waste will be separated by type and brand. It will enable the preparation of a Waste Audit Report shared with the municipalities, the government, and companies/brands, NGO Zero Waste Montenegro announced.
At each location, the amount of waste collected will be measured. That will help to quantify litter at the various locations.
Participants and sponsors of the International Coastal Clean-up Day Montenegro 2020:
Organizations participating in the events: Dr. Martin Schneider-Jacoby Association, NGO Ozon, Knightsbridge school, Clean Me, NGO Green Home, NGO MedCEM, NGO UBA, JP Morsko Dobro, TO Žabljak, NGO Clean Sea, Ne Bacajte Boce, Ribolovačko Društvo Lim, NGO Multimedia MNE, NGO Zeleni Korak, Youth for a Clean Adriatic, JP Komunalne Djelatnosti Ulcinj / NP Veprimtaritë Komunale Ulqin, Marine Mammals Research Association.
Clean-up Day Montenegro 2020 sponsors: Delegation of the European Union to Montenegro, Morsko Dobro, Porto Montenegro, EU Info center, Beyond Plastic Med, TO Bar, Municipality of Bar, Studio X design, Municipality of Ulcinj, TO Ulcinj, Municipality of Herceg Novi, Municipality of Bijelo Polje, Municipality of Berane, and National Parks of Montenegro.