Serbia needs to find a sustainable model for the improvement of the waste market, while adhering to human health preservation and the conservation of the environment.
Nevena Čolić Mohora
In the spirit of recent events it is safe to say that Serbia has opened its doors to European and international experts, organizations and companies in the field of waste management. ISWA World Congress 2016, held for the first time in our country, gathered participants from 74 countries and the main message of the conference can be summed up as follows: ″It is not about the waste, it is about people“.
Recognizing the importance of such an event for our country, MITECO supported its organization as a Gold Sponsor and had the opportunity to put an emphasis on the challenges of historical waste removal, dynamics, roles and necessary funding for such a demanding work that needs to be carried out in the following period, side-by-side with many international experts. Taking into account that waste management is not only a matter of environmental protection and sustainable development, this field has been recognized as an important economic factor, since it creates new jobs opportunities and contributes to the economic development of the country. As the main message of the Congress says – the role of people is of crucial importance, since they decide whether the existing laws and standards will be applied, techniques improved and the efficiency of waste management systems increased. In that regard, it is necessary to find a sustainable model for the improvement of waste market, while adhering to human health preservation and the conservation of the environment.
Our work in this field has been recognized by the European Business Awards, a programme of awarding the most successful companies in Europe. Miteco is also the proud winner of the National Champion title for 2016/2017 in the field of environmental protection and sustainable corporate business, whereby Serbia got its first representative in this category, leaving strong competitors from richer European countries behind.
We consider this recognition as a reward for our long-term contribution to the improvement of the waste management system in Serbia, but it primarily presents a strong motive for us to continue investing our resources and experience in what we truly believe in – active and committed action on the improvement of the environmental protection and waste industry, in order to create a sustainable future for our children.