Published: Jun 3, 2022 Reading time: 4 minutes
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The Cantonal Public Utility Company "RAD" (CPUC „RAD“) has initiated the development of a new Strategic Plan that integrates the best experiences of the Czech Republic and the EU in waste management and will continue to work on its detailed development in the coming period. In addition to strategic planning done in late May on the premises of CPUC "RAD" during the training for employees in the field of Waste Management, participants had the opportunity to exchange experiences with experts and create further steps for the future. The training was realized by experts from the company Dekonta BH and the Czech Republic, partners on the project "Efficient Waste Management System in the Sarajevo Canton" within which the event was realized. The project is led by the People in Need Bosnia and Herzegovina and is supported by the Czech Development Agency and the Government of the Czech Republic.

The training covered various useful topics, including mapping and creating a database of locations and number of bins for separate waste collection, methodology for continuous collection and evaluation of required data, and development of SWOT analysis for waste flow. The training was conducted with the aim of introducing the structure of the analytical part of the strategic documents, data collection methodology, and practical training in the analysis of waste streams defined in previous training (mixed municipal waste, bulky waste, separate collection - paper, plastic, glass, metal, organic/biodegradable waste).

During the conversation with the employees of CPUC "RAD", they assessed that they are very satisfied with the education, which will with the assistance of domestic experts from the Czech Republic, help them to gain insight into best solutions and practices in establishing and building efficient waste management systems. They will adjust and apply it in improving the processes and further develop waste management in the CPUC "RAD" and Sarajevo Canton.

Maida Čukojević, Coordinator of all activities on the Project, does not hide her enthusiasm for training and acquired knowledge and thanked for this opportunity for employees and the first direct meeting with experts in waste management. She emphasized that such and similar cooperation is extremely important because educators from the Czech Republic have already gone through what the employees of CPUC "RAD" are currently going through and that their experiences and knowledge will open the way to solutions to raising issues in our region. 

"The concept of education is important for employees to learn how to implement ideas themselves and continue to transfer knowledge and experience when the project is completed to secure its sustainability", Čukojević concluded.

Adnan Šaćirović, Project Equipment Distribution Coordinator on the Project, and Muzafer Zorlak, Project Training Coordinator on the Project, both believe that the training was useful in terms of improving knowledge. 

"Gaining new experiences were shared thanks to the experts from the Czech Republic, who gave their maximum contribution to the implementation of professional and high-quality training," they said and added that they hope that in the next training, as well as in the upcoming study visit to the Czech Republic, they will have the opportunity to confirm and transfer the acquired knowledge, and to apply it in the CPUC "RAD". 

Elvira Mulaibrahimović, Project Finance Coordinator, also expressed satisfaction with the training and stated that it was necessary for employees because they will be prepared for the upcoming challenges. She believes that solutions to specific waste management problems are within sight, through adaptation within the framework of environmental protection and waste management.

Maja Daul, Dekonta BH Director, believes that this type of training was necessary and long-awaited because CPUC "RAD" is facing very real, but solvable problems, which can be solved with the help and supervision of the experts. She believes that the education exceeded expectations and that the representatives of the company have already shown remarkable progress and initiative. 

"I believe that it would be great to maintain an interactive approach in future training, as well as to include other stakeholders in the process and motivate them to participate in these types of educations", Daul added.

Fatima Smajlović, Project Manager of “ Efficient waste management system in Sarajevo Canton”, stated that the aim of the project is to contribute to the improvement of waste management in Sarajevo Canton.

"This will operate through the improvement of infrastructure capacity of CPUC "RAD", specifically, the procurement of equipment for the establishment of 275 green islands for waste sorting - paper, metal/plastic and glass, composters for 2000 households, construction of one public recycling yard in Canton, education of key CPUC “RAD” staff through the preparation and implementation of a series of tailored training, workshops, and organization of a study visit to the Czech Republic, establishing more efficient coordination between the Canton, line ministry, municipalities and companies in Sarajevo Canton, raising awareness of the importance of waste sorting and recycling", Smajlović explained.

The project "Efficient waste management system in Sarajevo Canton" is worth 2.6 million Convertible Marks, and is led by the international organization People in Need Bosnia and Herzegovina in partnership with Dekonta BiH, Czech Republic and CPUC "Rad", and funded by the Czech Development Agency.

Autor: PIN BiH

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