On August 17, within the framework of the project “ Clean Up Georgia “ (phase III) a community meeting was held in village Ianeti, organized by Samtredia regional coordinator of the Greens Movement of Georgia / Friends of the Earth – Georgia. The purpose of the meeting was to provide the audience with information on planned activities within the project, which includes the settlement of waste-related problems in the regions and rural areas and promotion of awareness-raising campaigns among the local population.
At the meeting the local coordinator provided information to the presented audience about the dangers, that can be caused by haphazardly discarded waste into the environment. The conversation was based on the examples of leading countries of Europe, where the mentioned problem has already been resolved, with active participation of ordinary citizens in its settlement.
The meeting indicated the problems faced by local residents. It was noted, that the rural ambulance signed a contract with LLC “Eco-Medical Group” to remove medical waste, but the latter does not perform this service; In the third district of Ianeti village in the direction of the village Etseri, an illegal landfill occurs, which creates intolerable conditions for the residents; In the vicinity of river Gubistskali , sand and gravel are extracted on the territory of the village, which destroys pastures and damages the cultivated lands of the population. The meeting was attended by 14 local residents.
The meeting has been conducted within the framework of the project “Clean Up Georgia” (Phase III) and implemented by NGO consortium Greens Movement of Georgia/Friends of the Earth Georgia, Georgian Society of Nature Explorers “Orchis, “Ecological Awareness and Waste Management” with financial support of Swedish Government and in collaboration with the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources Protection of Georgia and Solid Waste Management Company.