REDI Recycling signs Memorandums of Understanding with Municipalities of Skopje
RECONOMY pays special attention to the importance of environmental constraints and opportunities. Economic development in the region will not be sustainable without considering resource efficiency, climate mitigation, carbon removal, and biodiversity protection. Therefore, one of the initiatives supported by RECONOMY is implemented by the social enterprise REDI Recycling in North Macedonia, with the aim to improve the waste management system to create better economic opportunities through solid waste collection and recycling. The initiative promotes formal waste collection by facilitating groups of informal marginalized collectors to get licenses and become part of REDI Recycling.
REDI Recycling enables primary selection in residential buildings in the municipalities of the capital city of Skopje, North Macedonia. In order to do this, a series of meetings were held in which REDI Recycling’s long-term objectives as well as the services it provides, setting up a door-to-door system for primary selection in residential buildings, were presented.
The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) and the standards that take into account the specifics of residential units were signed at a meeting with the Mayor of the Municipality of Karposh, Mr. Stevce Jakimovski, in order to provide the citizens with better services.
The concept was acknowledged and supported, and next an MoU was signed during a meeting with the Mayor of the Municipality of Aerodrom, Mr. Timco Mucunski. Additional assistance, such as the use of the municipal property for REDI Recycling’s purposes, was obtained.
The mission and goals of REDI Recycling were also presented to the Mayor of the Municipality of Kisela Voda, Mr. Orce Gjorgievski. The mayor supported the initiative by signing an MoU, providing a municipal facility for the social enterprise to better operate and enhance its services, and acknowledging that it perfectly aligns with the municipality’s goals for handling packaging waste.
In the upcoming period, REDI Recycling will employ additional staff, upscaling by including the digital component to the initiative. The social enterprise is looking at determining ways in which a digital application could link households with waste collectors not only when it comes to collecting plastic or paper but also expanding in the area of collection and repair of old furniture, appliances, and textiles.
REDI Recycling is prone to grow and create even more jobs in the future, with the aim to become an anchor for a wide range of small and medium enterprises in vulnerable communities and which can benefit from REDI Recycling’s visibility and growing expertise.