In September 2021, with the guidance of our preparatory teacher Andrea Fiala, we visited those places in Komárno where most of the compostable organic waste is being produced. During our survey, we collected as much information as possible about the local situation. In this case, we are mainly referring to local restaurants, school canteens, and hotel kitchens.
After dividing into two teams, we first assessed the situation in the city’s Hungarian- and Slovak-language primary and secondary schools and also visited the Selye János University. Among other things, we asked the canteen managers and staff about how they manage compostable and recyclable kitchen waste – we were pleased to find that most of the institutions were already dealing with this situation at some level, and if there were no well-developed plans for the collection of compostable waste, they were open to our suggestions.
We also visited the Environmental Department of the City Hall of Komárno, where we had a meaningful discussion about the situation in the city, the recently enacted measures, and the problems and shortcomings they have encountered. It is important to mention that the city has recently installed its newest brown-colored kitchen waste bins, designed for compostable materials.
In the future, we would like to launch an awareness campaign to raise public awareness of these bins and to explain their correct use, for which we are looking for donors.
We would like to thank in particular Mr. Imre Andruskó, the headmaster of our school, and the parents’ association that supported our project and the realization of the website.