Besar Likmeta is a journalist based in Tirana, Albania.
Albania is an EU candidate country and hopes that the upcoming year will open accession negotiations with Brussels. However, according to the 2016 European Commission progress report on Albania, waste segregation is non-existent and waste collection for recycling purposes is largely informal. The institutional capacity to manage waste still remains weak at all levels. Waste disposal remains largely noncompliant with environmental protection standards. A report published earlier in the year by Albania’s National Institute of Statistics, INSTAT, states that only 68 per cent of Albania’s population has access to waste disposal services. Much of the waste that is not collected washes up on Albania’s rivers and streams.