Cigarette Box Waste Recycling New Innovation to Tackle Waste in Serbia

Cigarette Box Waste Recycling New Innovation to Tackle Waste in Serbia

Cigarette Box Waste Recycling New Innovation to Tackle Waste in Serbia. Empty cigarette boxes mostly land in the trash. At the Zadrugarstvo organization in the city of Kragujevac in Serbia, this waste is transformed into new products. We made paper sheets from used cigarette boxes. We work together here. I used pieces of paper from the holding barrel to make a mixture and transferred it to another container.

Then I added water to make the paper soft, then made new paper. I cleaned the cigarette case and placed it in the machine and cleaned the vacuum cleaner. This is our paper. The idea of ​​establishing the organization was to provide the possibility of work for people over the age of 30 who suffer from social psychological disabilities. Ana Vlaskovic is studying psychology. His duties at the organization were fundraising and public relations.

Our goal is not to provide health services or ergotherapy. Rather, it is a place for people whose development has been disrupted to develop their potential. Every day a large number of used cigarette boxes are recycled here. The materials are donated by local residents and from all over Serbia.

New, high quality paper is made from cigarette wrappers. Cigarette packs contain large amounts of cellulose. Therefore, this paper is very popular with artists who choose to use recycled paper. Besides making paper, they also made charts, bookmarks, and calendars. Icko, Dragance, and Johnny work every day. I like working here. Also here are my friends Ivan and Nikola. Icko, Nikola, and Dragance are the most diligent team, said Ana. Outside of work they are also friends.

Even though this organization is only two years old, they have already won the sympathy of the local residents of Kragujevac, and all of Serbia. “Good afternoon.” “Hello.” “What’s your name?” “Dragance, I’m Jovana, we know each other. Have you forgotten?” “You’re beautiful as silk.” “Thank You!” “See you later! Thank you.” We get raw materials for free. Residents are very motivated to bring used cigarette boxes. And the added value, in the entire process only those with developmental disorders participate. They are marginalized by regulations and have no chance to stand on their own financially and earn a living.

The organization is confident that, thanks to recycling waste and selling its products at various exhibitions and art schools, the project will become known to potential donors. In this way, the organization hopes that in the coming years it will be able to offer larger spaces and more job vacancies for disabled groups.