With a national tour in 15 cities, one of the largest environmental initiatives in our country, which encourages both recycling and reading – “Garbage for books”, will celebrate 10 years since its first edition. It was initiated by Soul Elements Publishing, through its Smart Books imprint, together with the Credo Bonum Foundation.
Kaufland Bulgaria is a major partner of Garbage for books and will host the initiative over two weekends in May, June and September. Each year, the company provides locations for the campaign events and funds to print the books that participants receive.
The initiative is constantly expanding its scope. After taking place in nine cities last year, it will visit a total of 15 cities for its tenth birthday. Among them are cities the campaign has never visited before, such as Karlovo, Vidin, Silistra, Haskovo and Petrich.
The regulation of Garbage for books provides that anyone who brings a kilogram of recyclable plastic will receive an optional book in return. The organizers recommend that those wishing to join the “Garbage for books” to carry the plastic emptied of contents, cleaned and crushed to take up less space. They also remind that among the wastes that will not be accepted are blisters of medicines, tubes of oils, household appliances.
In Veliko Tarnovo the campaign is always of great interest and for 2021 with record quantities of plastic the city is in first place in Bulgaria.
This year’s edition will run under the theme “Green Square of the city” and will focus on the educational element of recycling and returning children to their normal environment – curiosity about education, people, nature and travel.
Since the first edition of “Garbage for books” so far as a result of the campaign our country have recycled nearly 100 tons of plastic waste and distributed over a hundred thousand books.
The first stage of the 10-year edition will take place on Saturday, May 28, in the parking lot of Kaufland Veliko Tarnovo on Krakov Street. The event starts at 10 am and lasts until 1 pm. The second edition will take place in September.