Ozujsko Beer and Green Associations Remove Illegally Disposed Waste

Lauren Simmonds

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As Poslovni Dnevnik/Marta Duic writes, Ozujsko beer, in cooperation with numerous environmentally conscious Croatian clubs and associations, has begun organising ”actions” to clean up illegal landfills throughout the Republic of Croatia.

As part of Ozujsko beer’s current socially responsible campaign, the well known Croatian beer company plans to clean up fifteen illegal landfills, and the first in a series of actions was held last weekend in the Eastern city of Osijek with the support of the Green Osijek Association. Lake Bajer was the location of that particular action.

”We pulled a washing machine, a stove, an antique wooden chair, some wooden planks and a PVC tarpaulin out of the lake. In addition, we cleaned up several locations around the lake where we found a variety of waste: from construction waste to dumped carpets. Along with us volunteers from the Green Osijek Association, the action was joined by representatives of the local fishing club, as well as scouts from the Slavonski hrast scout club. Ozujsko beer, in addition to giving us donations, provided us with all the tools, protective gloves and cleaning equipment, hats, T-shirts and bags we needed. In just a few hours of cleaning up the site, we filled a container with 30 large bags full of rubbish,” said Dinko Pesic, the project manager of the Green Osijek Association.

The next Ozujsko beer clean up action is planned for May the 15th in Zagreb’s Savica district with the help of the BIOM Association, followed by the cleaning of landfills in Solin on May the 22nd with the help of the Sunce Split Association, and a day later, the Vodomar Association from Slunj will join the action. The hard-working team of volunteers then plans to move on to Kvarner. The Zmergo Association will be helping to clean up the waste in Opatija on the Carmen Sylva promenade on May the 28th, and a day later, the Eripio Association will help clean up in Matulji.

The first round of this big action is set to end on the first Saturday in June, when Seline in the municipality of Promina will be cleaned up with the help of the Krka Knin Association. The cleaning actions are joined by partners like Pevex and Pik who will ensure that volunteers in the field don’t lack anything for the job, and in addition to volunteers and representatives of various associations and clubs, volunteers and representatives of the Zagreb Brewery (Zagrebacka pivovara) will also participate in the actions.

“Wild landfills are a big problem across Croatia and we want to raise awareness about this problem. They’re an indication that we’re still, as a society, not environmentally aware enough or caring about what we’re leaving behind to younger generations. Ozujsko beer always speaks out about current social issues in its own way, and even now we wanted to arouse emotion in our fellow citizens and once again give a concrete contribution to raising the quality of life. In our ”Protected by Law” campaign, we raised as much as 650,000 kuna for legally protected animals, ie the lynx, wolf, dolphin and griffon vulture, and the funds raised were donated,” they stated from Ozujsko beer.

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