On November 27, 2019, a press conference was held in the Makarska city administration on the occasion of the successful completion of the “Gather, arrange, conscientiously dispose” project, carried out by the City of Makarska, in which Association Sunce was responsible for the implementation of educational and informational activities.
Deputy Mayor Dražen Nemčić referred to the main goals of the project – raising citizens’ awareness of waste management and the importance of the circular economy. During the past year, that is, during the duration of the project, eleven thousand brochures were printed in this way, and 85 percent of the citizens were covered.
Tamara Batinić from the City of Makarska presented the results of the project, the most significant of which are the organization of two public forums and the broadcasting of six radio shows, as well as the printing of informational leaflets that were distributed to citizens along with bills for the services of the Makarska utility company, while leaflets for tourists were sent to addresses of private renters together with utility bills. In addition, as part of the “Gather, arrange, conscientiously dispose” project, a competition for student works on the topic of waste separation was organized, and the Waste Alphabet application was also presented. Tamara Batinić emphasized that, regardless of the completion of the project, the website will continue to be maintained, as will the Waste Alphabet application.
And Mila Lukić from the Makarska communal office referred to the Waste Alphabet application and reminded that on the project page you can find many interesting tips – not only about waste separation, but also about food preparation and sustainable households. She also stated that since the beginning of the implementation of educational and informational activities, the employees of the Makarska municipal utility have collected significantly more recyclable fractions of waste than in previous years.
Association Sunce was responsible for the preparation and implementation of 37 workshops for children, the preparation and marking of two public events, the organization of a student competition, the implementation of two public forums for citizens, the design and participation in six radio shows, the design of content for six city-light posters and the preparation of brochures and leaflets for citizens and tourists, as well as for the evaluation of the activities carried out. The head of the Education and Information Department of Association Sunce, Margita Radman, pointed out at the conference that the evaluation of the activities carried out showed that a positive impact was truly achieved and she expressed her satisfaction with the work on the project, especially the workshops for children.
Dalibor Radman, the project implementation manager, emphasized that all activities were carried out within the given deadlines, and the director of the Makarska development agency MARA, Lidija Vukadin Vranješ, congratulated all the participants of the “Gather, arrange, conscientiously dispose” project.