According to the conclusion of the Kotor Institute of Marine Biology and the State Enterprise for the Management of the Marine Economy of Montenegro, which in the winter months conducted the already traditional, third campaign to collect garbage from the coast, at the moment Montenegrin beaches are heavily polluted with solid waste and various types of garbage
Within the framework of the IPA Interreg project "WELCOME" - the program of transboundary cooperation of Italy, Albania and Montenegro, implemented by the University of Montenegro - the Institute of Marine Biology from Kotor and the State Enterprise for Marine Management, in the winter period 2018/2019 a third campaign was conducted garbage collection on pre-determined beaches and swimming areas in Budva, Herceg Novi and Ulcinj.
The results of the autumn campaigns showed a high degree of pollution of the Montenegrin beaches with solid waste, plastic and other types of garbage. In addition, the results of the cleaning campaigns indicate a higher amount of garbage on the beaches compared to the autumn period of 2018. It is worth noting that the main influence on the appearance and accumulation of garbage on the beaches of Montenegro during the winter period is not people, but rivers, winds, sea currents and various weather disasters.In Ulcinj, 29 kilograms of garbage were collected, 499 different types of solid garbage weighing 8.2 kg were collected in Budva, and 504 solid waste which total weight was 20.8 kg was collected in Herceg Novi.
The main type of garbage on all beaches was plastic. In Ulcinj, 81% of all collected waste was plastic, in Budva - 66% and in Herceg Novi - 81.5%.
The dominant category of waste steel is the packaging of candies and chips, in second place there are various plastic parts ranging in size from 2.5 cm to 50 cm, and in third place there are plastic bags from food, including packages from fast food. In addition, plastic cups and lids, cigarette filters, glass and plastic bottles, plastic and metal corks, cans and polystyrene became the most common types of solid waste on the Montenegrin beaches.
Garbage collection on the beaches of the Montenegrin coast will continue in the spring of 2019, according to a statement by the Institute of Marine Biology of Montenegro.
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