Measure I.1 – Improving the productivity and competitiveness of the area’s economic, rural, cultural and environmental resources.


Project Title:  Schools Waste Less


Project Budget:

  Project Value EU Contribution
Republic of Serbia € 190.168,00 € 159.049,00
Bosnia and Herzegovina €127.580,00 € 98.900,02                          
TOTAL                                        € 317.748,00 € 257.949,02



Beneficiary of funds in the Republic of Serbia: Public Utility Company Regional Waste Sanitary Landfill Duboko Užice

Beneficiary of funds in Bosnia and Herzegovina:  Public Utility Company Komunalac Tuzla


  • Serbia: Regional Development Agency Zlatibor Ltd; Teacher’s Association Opstanak
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina: The Center for Ecology and Energy


Area of implementation:

  • Serbia, Zlatibor Region, City of Užice
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina, Tuzla Canton, Tuzla Municipality


The target groups of the project: 22.000 pupils from 14 elementary and 14 high schools from Užice and from Tuzla, 28 teachers from 28 schools who are leading ecological sections, 84 cleaning and support staff employed in schools in 2 cities, Public Utility Companies Duboko from Užice and Komunalac from Tuzla


Project duration: 01.02.2013. – 30.04.2014.


Project objectives:

The overall objective: To contribute to maintaining the high quality of the border area environment by cooperating in joint initiatives 

The specific objective: Establishing the concept of primary waste selection in 28 schools in Uzice and Tuzla


Activities and results of the project


One of the most advanced systems for primary selection of solid waste was introduced in Tuzla and Užice. Students from Tuzla and Užice participated in the project activities. Schools organized quizzes and the best students got to participate in eco-camps that took place on Tara Mountain for primary schools and in Ormanica for secondary schools.


The model of primary selection included solid waste that can usually be found in schools and included four groups: paper and cardboard, aluminum cans, pet and plastic and mixed waste. Different waste goes to different bins marked with different colors. Public utility companies transport such selected waste to the selection centers.


School kids were selected for the project because good or bad habits are formed at early age. Kids properly trained will become adults to care more of the environment.


The project included around 20.000 students and around 1.000 employees in primary and secondary schools in Užice and Tuzla. Public Utility Companies in two cities purchased a specialized trucs for transport of the selected waste, plus 500 waste bins and two tons of waste bags.


During nine months collected paper saved 133 trees, 233.184 liters of water and 32.873,4 KW of electric energy. With collected aluminum cans 1.043,6 kg of bauxite ore and 1.826 KW of electric energy were saved. With collected plastic and pet 217.590 KW of electric energy was saved. Overall, project decreased use of fossil fuels and made steps toward environment protection.