HoReCa Guide to Zero Waste, second edition

Tackling single-use plastics in the Adriatic region through public and private action


education, single-use plastic waste reduction in HORECA sector, awareness raising,  multi-stakeholder cooperation and involvement, zero waste

Single-Use Plastic reduction in Montenegrin Public Institutions


March 2023 – December 2023


Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Albania


MedWaves, the UNEP/MAP Regional Activity Centre for SCP


The first edition of the HoReCa Guide to Zero Waste was created by the NGO Zero Waste Montenegro after conducting seven waste audits in cafes and restaurants at Velika Plaza and doing research for alternatives in stores across Montenegro, as a part of the project Ulcinj Coast Plastic Free financed by GIZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit). It was designed to improve the waste management system and reduce the use of Single-Use Plastic Products (SUPPs) by HOtels, REstaurants, and CAfes (HORECA sector) at Long Beach and Ada Bojana in Ulcinj.

The Guide was revised and complemented into this second edition within the project “Tackling single-use plastics in the Adriatic region through public and private action”, led by MedWaves and funded through a Cooperation Agreement between the Ministry of Environment and Energy Security of Italy and the UNEP/MAP Coordinating Unit/Barcelona Convention Secretariat. The project aims to help selected Municipalities in Montenegro, Albania, and Bosnia-Herzegovina curb plastic waste production by harnessing the power of public and private procurement to phase out the use of SUPPs in hotels, restaurants, cafes, catering services, vending machines, and public events. Within this project, MedWaves has partnered with GIZ to design and implement the Low Plastic Zone Initiative aiming to engage businesses and build a community of forward-thinking hotels, restaurants, cafes, and shop owners and ensure their contribution to plastic waste reduction efforts across the Western Balkans region.

Research: Cener21 (Bosnia and Herzegovina), Mileukontakt (Albania), Zero Waste Montenegro and Greenhome (Montenegro)