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National ENERGY GLOBE Award Latvia 2018
Getliņi EKO, the largest household waste landfill in the Baltic States, conducts regular contests and creative workshops where young people can develop interesting ideas aimed at developing more responsible, sustainable approach to environment. Table games made of sorted waste are among Getliņi EKO’s projects. As a result of contest, 18 table games were developed for young people to play in their leisure time, thus saving energy and monetary resources.
Each individual in Latvia generates an average 450 kg of waste, yet many are passive to waste sorting initiatives. The issue of waste is among the most urgent topics when to sustainable development is concerned. However, very little attention is given to the need to educate communities about waste sorting.
Getliņi EKO is responsible for instilling a sense of environment and drawing attention to sustainable development through involvement of young people in various environment-related activities in order to encourage them to view waste as a resource available for recycling. To reduce the impact of waste generation on environment, Getliņi EKO invests in young people, organizing free tours, creative workshops and contests aimed at reducing waste generation.
Innovative aspects of the project include a self-made games with interesting solutions, improved versions of classic games, as well as newly invented table games a selection choice of unusual material, such as sweet wrappers, cans, etc. Projects of this nature present a significant benefit from the aspect of environment protection, education and economy. During the project young people learn and develop a skill to generate the best version of game, including new design and solution.