Plastic Free Rila, Bulgaria
Rila is the sixth highest mountain in Europe, its mountain range encompassing Rila National Park and Rila Monastery Nature Park. Abundant in glacial lakes and hot springs, these parks attract many visitors, resulting in large amounts of rubbish spoiling the mountain landscapes and posing a threat to wildlife. This project will focus on packaging and single use items which represent the largest proportion of plastic waste generated, working with outdoor enthusiasts to raise awareness of the negative effect of plastic waste on both nature and human health. It will also work with individual mountain huts situated in the parks, most of which use a huge amount of single use plastics, due to ease or lack of washing up facilities and, despite being illegal, burn, bury or simply dump some of it. 5 events will clean up at least 300k of trail and 100,000m2 around at least 10 huts. It will also work with 17 huts to assess and reduce their use of plastic, and create an art installation and a social media campaign to raise awareness on plastic waste generation across Bulgaria.