Mecsek-Dráva waste management program – development of municipal solid waste system

The project aims to establish an integrated waste management system together with the introduction of selective collection schemes for recyclables and biodegradable waste. It will promote the prevention of waste generation and minimise the quantity of waste to be landfilled.
The project is also expected to help protect surface and subsurface waters through the establishment of adequately insulated waste treatment facilities, reduce pollution and health risks through proper management of waste streams and facilities.

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Project description

The project contains of a landfill, a composting plant, two bio waste stabilisation and two mechanical-biological pre-treatment facilities, two sorting plants, four waste transfer stations, several waste yards and islands as well as an additional vehicle fleet. It affects a total of 426 022 inhabitants in 313 towns and cities. The most important achievement of the project will be the introduction of a selective collection system: in urban areas door-to-door selective collection will be introduced and supplemented with home composting and waste islands. Separate collection of green waste will be extended in the city of Pécs. In rural areas waste islands, home composting and mixed waste collection will be applied. The project aims to reduce the quantity of waste to be landfilled to 33%, to achieve a selective collection rate of 28%, to use 23-25% of the total waste volume for energy production and to divert biodegradable wastes from the landfill up to 98% of total biodegradable wastes produced.

What are the project likely benefits?

The project will help reduce the quantity of waste generated, it will promote recycling and the re-use of recycled materials. The establishment of a complete integrated system is expected to result in less waste disposed in the landfills, thus it will decrease environmental load and pollution.

What are the project likely environmental benefits?

The project is an environmental project, through the implementation of proper waste management it will protect surface and subsurface waters through the establishment of adequately insulated waste treatment facilities; reduce air pollution and health risks for humans and livestock.

Draft date

01/01/2007