EU Ambassador challenges Georgian officials to show how they minimise waste

  • EU Ambassador Carl Hartzell calls everyone to "make an effort for the environment”. Photo: European Union in Georgia/Facebook, 11 May 2019 - 23:05, Tbilisi,Georgia

European Union Ambassador to Georgia Carl Hartzell has challenged Georgian President Salome Zurabishvili, Minister of Agriculture Levan Davitashvili and Chairman of the Parliamentary Environment Protection Committee Kakha Kuchava to show how they are helping to minimise waste in the country.

“We all have to make an effort for the environment”, Ambassador Hartzell said in a video released on his official Twitter page earlier this week.

Whenever I go shopping, I bring my own bag to reduce plastic waste”, the EU Ambassador said, challenging Zurabishvili, Davitahsvili and Kuchava “to share how they minimize their waste.”

Every year, Georgia generates 900,000 tonnes of household waste, which equals 3,420,000 (3.42 million) cubic meters, this amount can cover entire Tbilisi with a waste layer of 10cm thick, the delegation of the European Union to Georgia reports.

The EU delegation calls on everyone to contribute to reducing waste and offers some methods to do so:

  • Take fabric bags with you when going shopping
  • Buy products with less packaging
  • Buy multipurpose detergents
  • Buy rechargeable batteries
  • Buy products in glass containers
  • Say no to disposable containers