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Meet our members – Za Zemiata

Meet our member-Za Zemiata

Zero Waste Europe is pleased to introduce the blog series "Meet Our Members". Through this series of monthly interviews, we hope to give you the opportunity to learn about our members and the work they do.

Hi Evgenia, can you give us a brief introduction to Za Zemiata's concerns?

Za Zemiata (ZZ) is an independent non-profit non-governmental organization, established in 1995, dedicated to working for environmental justice and sustainable and fair life on earth without exploiting humans or nature. We are one of the two main non-governmental organizations dealing with waste issues in Bulgaria, as well as the Public Environmental Sustainability Center in Varna. We mobilize and authorize local communities to take actions on waste dumping, incineration, and landfill through raising awareness and capacity building. We approached policymakers, from municipalities to European officials, and asked questions such as the unrecognized role of informal recyclable collectors' "invisible hands" and the unacceptability of incineration projects. We promote the good practices of the European Zero Waste Network and inspire Bulgarian cities, such as Svilengrad, to embark on the path of zero waste. We also cooperate with schools across Bulgaria to carry out resource conservation programs

And practical activities, use our smart waste management teaching toolkit.

How long have you worked in this field and what caused you to fall into (zero) waste?

I am a member of a student ecological club that collects paper and plastic water bottles from university buildings (including student dormitories). Since then, I have been fascinated by waste and continue to discover new aspects of it. I think waste is not only a very personal matter, but also a material record of modern human life. Its negative long-term impact will be witnessed by future generations.

What is your current role in the organization?

Our zero waste team consists of two people: Danita, who works in the office of ZZ Sofia, and I work in a nearby village. I do more work related to policies and content, such as preparing reports, policy briefings, and analysis. I also keep in touch with local authorities who are interested in zero waste.

Tell us more about an activity/event you are doing?

The movement to stop the construction of the RDF incinerator in Sofia is at a turning point in 2019: the European Commission is expected to decide to reject or approve Cohesion's funding for the project, coupled with the upcoming local elections in October. We worked with local initiatives and the immediate neighbors of the site to stop funding the project through litigation, raising public awareness, and engaging with decision makers.

PlasticFreeBG is part of our global #BreakFreeFromPlastic campaign-we focus on the overuse of plastic bags, the lack of a plastic bottle deposit return system, and the introduction of reusable cups in kindergartens and activities.

If you want your organization to be known for one thing, what would it be?

I hope that Za Zemiata will be known as the organization that ultimately succeeded in killing the Incineration Dragon-not only in Sofia, but also dirty joint incineration facilities such as outdated thermal power plants. In my perfect world, we help expand meaningful and much-needed activities to achieve ultimate success. For example, my mission to choose reusable cups for kindergartens was developed by PECSD and radical mother Sabina Maximova. Maximova) management.

How would you describe the development of the zero waste movement in your country?

What is your view of the future?

In the past few years, we have seen a great increase in the number of organizations and individuals seeking zero waste, so I am optimistic. We already have more than 30 groups and they are still growing. Our first joint action is the online photo challenge for International Water Day on March 22. Our view is to continue to synchronize our actions and gather around key needs and issues, rather than formally become any type of membership organization.

You can find more information about Za Zemiata and his work here.

There is no waste, only misplaced things.

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