Zero Waste: Theory for Everybody, Practice for Everyone in the Cross-Border Region

  • AcronymZero Waste
  • CallHUSKROUA/1701/LIP
  • Priority6.1: Sustainable use of the environment in the cross border area - preservation of natural resources, actions to reduce GHG emission and pollution of rivers
  • Project numberHUSKROUA/1701/LIP/006
  • EU Funding5,000,000.00 €
  • Project start date1 January 2023
  • Project end date31 December 2023
  • Project statusIn progress

In the cross-border area the increasing amount of not properly managed waste constitute a serious risk to human health and to the environment, and that such risk cannot be contained satisfactorily by the present waste management methods. The existing problems with waste collection, recycling and disposal are acute. (Specially in the mountainous areas.) The pollution of the ground water and the river Tisza and its tributaries, which flow in Ukraine and in bordering countries – Slovakia and Hungary, indicate the need for a comprehensive approach to solving the problem of waste management in the cross-border area.
These problems highlight a fairly critical picture. Main specific objective of the project is reducing the risks caused by waste on the quality of waters and land. Reaching this goal can help in the environmentally sustainable development of the joint cross-border region on the external border of the EU, as the overall objective of the project.
The Project includes construction of landfills for the waste storage, purchase of equipment for the collection of waste, creation of a network of points for solid waste collection.
The Project’s aim is to establish a complex intervention and to establish a sustainable, environmentally conscious waste management system, that will handle the deeper problems, not just the problems surfaced.
As ZeroWaste is an integrated project, its implementation approach carries several cross-border characters: reduction of pollution in UA by establishment of waste management facilities and raising awareness for changing in attitude will help in reduction of pollution in HU as well (land and rivers are forming a ‘coherent area’ between the countries).
Raising awareness in the target area and communicating an environmentally conscious attitude among inhabitants will contribute to the long-term solution of the problem.

  • Environment


Lead partner

Tisza European Grouping of Territorial Cooperation

4,549,382.17 €

Project partner

Agency of Regional Development and Cross-Border Co-operation “Transcarpathia”

219,144.96 €

Project partner

Szabolcs-Szatmár-Bereg County Regional Development and Environmental Management Agency Nonprofit Ltd

231,472.87 €