Zero Waste Tisza

A significant amount of driftwood, organic material and communal waste go down in the River Tisza with the floods every year. The Kisköre Dam is the first facility that stops the flood of garbage preventing the lower sections of the river from a heavy pollution.

In 2019, after the spring floods, a record amount of waste consisting of driftwood and household garbage – mainly plastic – has hit the Kisköre dam again. The size of the drift-field reaches 17 000 square metres and it is more than 3 metres high right at the dam. The water management organisation, an NGO and a company have now joined efforts to find an effective solution. The Directorate General of Water Management plans to develop the load area, the PET Cup non-profit environmental program participates in the sorting and recycling of the waste collected. The Coca‑Cola Foundation – the global foundation of Coca‑Cola – provides financial support for the remedy of the problem within the framework of the project Zero Waste Tisza. The cooperation of the three parties aims to prevent the river from being polluted by continuous issue management, to recycle the mass of the waste collected and to clean the river in an increasing extent.

A company volunteer day at the River Tisza

Employees of Coca‑Cola Hungary actively contributed to the implementation and the success of the project. Nearly 70 enthusiastic employees participated in the cleaning of the Kisköre section of the river on the 26th of July 2019. On this day, they collected the mostly plastic waste stuck in the reeds and floating on the surface of the water into bags together with volunteers of Plastic Cup. The bags full of waste were collected by the PETényi “waste eater boat” the peculiarity of which being that it hovers on many plastic bottles formerly removed from Tisza. Hard work could be judged by the numbers at the end of the day as nearly 1.5 tonnes of waste were gauged. This will soon be sorted out properly and recycled.