President of Croatia’s Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic Waste Management Solution: $ 250 Million In Albania Cleansing Albania!

DURRES, Albania – Croatia has decided to shed the crap and help Albania clean up its own coastline and the territorial sea of pollution that has taken on alarming proportions. President of the Republic of Kolinda Grabar Kitarović in the run of this solution presented to the public the project of cleaning Albania from garbage in which Croatia invests up to 250 million euros!

Albania has made some progress in the fight against sea pollution, and the army and volunteers help clean the beaches at the start of each tourist season, but the garbage thrown into the rivers mostly reaches the Adriatic and the sea currents on our coast.

– Sea currents and winds bring great problems to Croatia, which is most visible in the winter months. A lot of effort and a lot of funds have been invested in cleaning the coast, but we would rather invest that money in preventing environmental pollution – she said while staying at the ceremony to launch a new cleaning project in the Albanian port of Durres.

Great investment in the cause of the pollution of the Adriatic

Croatia finances the first phase of the project worth EUR 250 million because only by addressing the causes we can prevent the catastrophic consequences that have already gotten worse.

Grabar-Kitarović voiced hope for Albania’s accession to the European Union but stressed that environmental protection is one of the “most complex” chapters or political areas so that the candidate country could even negotiate.

Trash in the Përroi i Llixhave, a tributary of the Drin



The sea is one of the most complex ecosystems in the world, with many difficult conservation challenges. But there is one challenge that’s easy to understand—trash. 

It may be simple, but that doesn’t mean it’s not a big deal. And it sure doesn’t mean it’s a cheap problem to fix. In fact, trash is one of the major threats to the health of our sea and our beaches. In addition to its direct physical danger to wildlife and humans, it compromises the livelihoods of communities that depend on a healthy ocean for shipping and transportation, tourism, and fishing. And because so much of the trash is hidden below the surface or far from the coast, way out on open water, removal is incredibly expensive.

How Long Does it Take Trash to Decompose

  1. Cigarettes/Cigarette Filters – 1-5 years to biodegrade
  2. Plastic Food Wrapper/Containers – 20-30 years
  3. Plastic water bottles – 450 years
  4. Plastic bags – 10-20 years
  5. Plastic caps and lids – 450-1,000 years
  6. Plastic utensils – 450 years
  7. Plastic straws and stirrers – up to 200 years
  8. Glass bottles – 1 million years (estimated, exact time unknown)
  9. Aluminum cans – 80-200 years
  10. Paper bags – 1 month
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