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‘Go Green’ environmental initiative to promote waste sorting


Lithuania has seen the launch of the environmental project ‘Go Green’ for the first time, primarily aimed at preventing the waste of secondary raw materials. Under the current difficult conditions, which require saving in all areas, the urgency of waste collection, sorting and recycling has been growing. 

“The benefit of the project is obvious from both the economic and environmental aspects. By sorting waste, we cut the cost of packaging production and landfill management and save natural resources,” claimed Minister for Environment Gediminas Kazlauskas. 

The ‘Go Green’ project will try to involve residents of cities and towns, the business community and government authorities. The initiative will include a green tour around , theatricalised lessons and competitions on the theme of waste sorting. Participants in the green tour will visit 60 municipalities and will give special lessons to about 30 000 schoolchildren.  

Secondary raw materials, including plastic, glass and paper packaging, are still seen as useless waste in . The major part or about 85% of this packaging is disposed at landfills, while the remaining portion goes to recycling. 

Lithuania mostly recycles metal, paper and glass packaging. The collection of glass packaging is greatly influenced by the bottle deposit system. The sale of waste paper is seen as a common thing by the majority of the population. The situation is the worst with plastic that is considered worthless. The ‘Go Green’ project is aimed at awakening every person's responsibility to sort waste.


Public Information Division, tel. 266 3659

28 April 2009










Minister of Environment of Lithuania Kęstutis Navickas
Minister of Environment of Lithuania Kęstutis Navickas