05 December 2021

How volunteers power Ukrainian city’s recycling revolution

Bohdana Rushchak, 21, is something of a recycling expert. She knows precisely which materials can be composted, which plastics can be recycled and how to give a new life to old cardboard. The young student also teaches locals in Drohobych, Lviv, how to do the same at the city’s new waste sorting station. What is more, as a volunteer, Bohdana does…, “We give things a second life”, Bohdana is busy sorting through the piles of bottles, cardboard, tin and glass that locals have brought into the sorting station, known as Dro.Eco.Logical. “The main thing is that the garbage they bring us should be clean, dry and flattened,” she says. Over the past year, Bohdana has become heavily involved with various environmental initiatives…, “You can do a good deed from home”, Bohdana knows the power of social media, which is why she recently hired a team of volunteers to help run the station’s Facebook and Instagram accounts. “I saw a lot of people coming to us at the station who said: “I saw you on Facebook and decided to come and see. Tell me what you have here,” she says. Until recently, she had struggled to run the…, “Volunteering is developing in small cities”, Bohdana says that the response proves not only how important the environment is to young people in Ukraine, but also how popular volunteering is. “Many young people are now joining the volunteer movement,” she says. “Volunteering is developing in small cities. I see how – thanks to the Platform – telephone volunteering is developing. And this is…