On the 2nd of June 2022, we Man and Mountain in the name of all SONCHEVI PIONERI of Macedonia signed memorandum with the Minister of Agriculture and Forestry Mr. Ljupco NIkolovski and Director of National Forestry Valentin Gruevski about planting trees. For every 10 kg of collected waste during the GENERALKA WEEKENDfrom 2021 – 2031 the Ministry of Agriculture will dedicate one tree in their annual plantation plans together with the National Forestry for the next 10 years.
This year they will plant on two locations: Petrovec (Skopje) and Veles.
During the last two years SONCHEVI PIONERI collected more than 360.000 kg of wasteduring the GENERALKA WEEKENDS.
So in this year we plant a breathtaking number of nearly 40.000 trees. These forests will be officially named SONCHEVA GORA.
Our hearts are full of joy and pride when we saw all the numbers of this year’s GENERALKA WEEKEND. We broke all records and wrote history to enable a better future. We all did this together because we are people with different political, etnical, social and educational backgrounds, but what unites us is the country that we live in, the air that we breath and the water that we drink.
And these are the numbers:·
26 participating Municipalities from 6.-8. May 2022 o 8.212 participants o Total collected waste in three days: 186.748kg o Selected Plastic: 7.249kg o Selected Paper: 4.897kg o Selected Glass: 397kg o Selected Cans: 60kg o Bulky Waste: 12.280kg o Mixed Waste: 56.675kg o Other Waste (illegal landfills): 105.190kg
Thank to our friends and partners, who made GENERALKA WEEKEND happen: Pivara Skopje Pakomak Ministry of Environment Ministry of Agriculture All mayors and directors of Komunalna and environment inspectors from all participating municipalities Kids and teachers from more than 40 schools Firefighters, NGOs, pensionists, sports clubs and everyone who made his/her hands dirty to clean!
We are proud about your trust and next time we will make it better, bigger and greater! This was the second year of GENERALKA WEEKEND and we have 8 more years to go to clean our country.
We are all SONCHEVI PIONERI – lets recycle the waste of the past into a green future – for all of us 🙂
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Generalka Weekend 2022 from 6.-8. May is confirmed in 25 municipalities covering more than 1.200.000 citizens of North Macedonia. Generalka Weekend is therefor the biggest environment cleaning action in the history of NMK as well as on the whole balkans.
We are very proud to announce that Pivara Skopje and Pakomak are the patrons of the Generalka Weekend 2022 providing the infrastructure and spirit to create a fundamental change in the way we select waste and take responsibility for the environment around us.
Also in this year Zelena Soncheva is supported by the Ministry of Environment as well as the Ministry of Agriculture. The Ministry of Agriculture will dedicate one tree per ten kg of collected waste in their reforestation activities in the following years to come.
Generalka Weekend is a waste collecting action on the second weekend of May repeating for 10 years – from 2021 to 2031. Our goal is to clean the country from the garbage of the past to recycle it into a green future for us and following generations to come.
Each year in autumn we plant new trees together with the Ministry of Agriculture and private donators throughout the whole country and those forests will be called “SONCHEVA GORA”. SONCHEVA GORA are forests built by the efforts of the citizens of North Macedonia to rebuild their country to provide hope and a healthy environment for all people who live in this country.
The „GENERALKA WEEKEND | Za Cisto Kako Doma Isto” is the first of two parts of the environmental action called “ZELENA SONCHEVA”.
During the GENERALKA WEEKEND between 6.-16. May 2021, the citizens and the local public trash companies of ten municipalities in North Macedonia were collecting and separating waste in their neighborhood. That trash was later picked, measured and recycled by Pakomak.
For every 10kg of trash, the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Water economy of North Macedonia donates a tree and the area where this forest will be planted. The exact location of SONCHEVA GORA will be announced in summer 2021. The plantation of this forest “SONCHEVA GORA” is the second part of ZELENA SONCHEVA, which will happen in November 2021.
ZELENA SONCHEVA should become a national tradition in every year: in every spring there is a weekend where all citizens clean their surroundings and for every 10kg of collected waste, we will plant a tree in autumn.
What happened in 2021
In the first year of GENERALKA WEEKEND exactly 1.000 confirmed participants from NGOs, Sport Clubs, Schools, kindergartens, environmental groups, employees of the municipalities, SONCHEVI PIONERI and Man And Mountain collected waste on more than 70 locations between 6. – 16. May 2021 in those municipalities:
And we collected:
350 kg of plastic
955 kg of paper
73 kg of cans
038 kg of glass
360 kg of electronic waste
405 kg of various waste
Every participant – from child to senior – has collected in average 11,8 kg of waste – by hand!
The Army together with the municipalities, NGOs and Rescue Teams collected more than 726 m³ of various waste with an estimated average weight of 225 kg per m³!
Together we collected in total
The municipality with the most collected waste in 2021 is: ŠTIP
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And here comes the report (with a little delay) for GENERALKA WEEKEND – DAY 3
Kruševo had their action already on Friday and everyone was there – we see all generations of citizens with those gloves and PAKOMAK bags roaming in their city and beautiful forests and recreation areas around the city. Especially the young stood our with ambition and dedication to bring the best out of their hometown by collecting the worst and bring it to a controlled circle of recycling!
In Kriva Palanka the “GENERALKA WEEKEND | Za Cisto Kako Doma Isto” was nothing less than a civil mobilization and a huge party! The EU day on Sunday additionally produced a wonderful momentum which has brought more than 300 people on the streets, into the forests, to picknick sites, the riverbanks and they cleaned! And how they cleaned. In the end of the action Krusevo looked more than a private British golf yard than a public place for normal citizens! Orchestrated teamwork in perfection between the municipality, NGOs, schools, private initiatives and the people of Krusevo! Impressive!
Strumica also celebrated the EU day and a great come together with NGOs and SONCHEVI PIONERI to join forces and clean the wonderful parks and impressive sites throughout the city of Strumica.