We did it!

The Zero Waste Project on the Upper Tisza has started

Our years-long voluntary work and awareness campaign reached a safe harbor.

On 3, September 2019, the Upper Tisza Zero Waste Project was launched in Vásárosnamény, with the participation of János Áder, President of the Republic, Dr. Sándor Pintér, Interior Minister and István Láng, Director of the General Directorate of Water Management.

It was an honour to be present at the launch ceremony and receive all the gratitude and recognition directed towards the Plastic Cup and the Plastic Pirates, in the words of President János Áder, Interior Minister Sándor Pintér, Director István Láng and the highly respected, exemplary workers of the water management.

We can not recall another event in history when a civil initiative managed to line up so many people behind a common goal and invent a quick solution together, after seven years of strenuous work. The machines lined up across the Tisza, presented during the event, demonstrated what incredible knowledge, experience and hard work the employees of the General Directorate of Water Management, the Upper Tisza Regional Water Management Directorate and the Middle Tisza Regional Water Management Directorate invested in this project. Hats off to their innovative solution, created with great determination and professionalism!

President János Áder added that this technology, which had been built based on so many Hungarian ideas, would first be tested on the Tisza and would help clean the river from waste. It took the experts of the water management authorities one and a half years to design the machines and to provide the infrastructure needed for their operation.

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Photos: MTI/Zsolt Czeglédi, Source: Hirado.hu

The President also highlighted in his speech that “Owing to the enthusiasm and perseverance of the creators of the Plastic Cup, there is a new way to collect waste from the river, and hopefully it will be more efficient and will be operating for longer time.” Following that, he expressed his gratitude to the project manager of the Plastic Cup, Gergely Hankó managing director, the president of filmjungle.eu Society, Attila Dávid Molnár, the organizers, the participants, and the experts working at the water management, who were also present at the celebration. The president thanked them for their work and asked them to continue collaborating in protecting the Tisza.

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Forrás: Duna Múzeum

The Plastic Cup is not over yet!

This system has the potential to drastically reduce the amount of waste reaching the floodplains and the lower sections of the river, but the already existing waste mines and the thousands of tonnes of waste that is being cleaned at Kisköre still need handling. The Plastic Cup is now operating two sponsored projects. The first funding is provided by the Ministry for Innovation and Technology, which covers the two Plastic Cups organized this year, and is also sponsoring an ongoing project to improve recycling and processing until the end of the year. As part of that, the experts of filmjungle.eu Society are working on developing smaller machines and a small recycling container.

In 2019, Coca Cola Hungary decided to support the efforts to clean the Tisza. As part of that, the Zero Waste Tisza project was launched, and The Coca Cola Foundation (the global foundation of the corporation) provided the financial means for it. The fund covers the expenses for three main activities. The first task is freeing the river from plastic waste. Coordinated by the Plastic Cup and the General Directorate of Water Management, the local water management authorities are organizing large-scale clean-up activities within the borders of Hungary, including the floodlands, the water and the floodplain forests. The second task is research. Volunteers, researchers and experts of the water management authorities follow the movements of the drifting plastic waste on the river, and they map the most severely contaminated areas. The third task is to invent and improve innovative ways to recycle the collected waste in accordance with a principle of the Plastic Cup: “with waste against waste”. These three main activities are completed with awareness raising, as part of which exhibitions and professional meetings are organized, and documentaries, short films and videos for the internet are shot.

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