Advanced rubbish sorting in Mures County
In a bid to meet EU obligations, reduce environmental damage and enhance the quality of life for 571 496 citizens, this project will introduce an integrated solid waste management system for Mures County.
The project will include building a mechanical-biological treatment plant, transfer station, sorting plant and composting plant, as well as closing and upgrading five non-compliant landfills.
All-encompassing solid waste system
The key components of the new system, under the responsibility of Mures County Council, are:
- Separate collection of waste (including bins and containers for the separate collection of recyclable waste and biodegradable waste), home composting and transfer vehicles;
- Construction of a transfer station, sorting plant (28 000 t/year) and composting plant in Targu Mures – Cristesti (10 000 t/year);
- Construction of a mechanical-biological treatment plant in Sinpaul (65 000 t/year);
- Construction of a new landfill in Sinpaul;
- Closure and upgrading of five non-compliant landfills (in Tirgu Mures-Cristesti, Reghin, Ludus, Sovata and Iernut);
- Technical assistance and supervision of works (including publicity measures and public awareness campaign aimed at reducing waste at source and source separation of recyclable waste and biodegradable waste).
The project is also expected to directly create 200 jobs during the initial construction phase and 150 once the system is in place and operational.
Eyeing up green targets
The new solid waste system is expected to bring the following goals within reach:
- 100% collection rate for mixed waste among the urban and rural population, compared to 88% and 21% respectively in 2007;
- 50% reduction in the quantity of biodegradable waste landfilled by 2016, compared to 1995, as a result of the separate collection for the entire population in the county, promotion of home composting and construction of biodegradable treatment facilities (composting plant and mechanical-biological treatment plant);
- separate collection of packaging waste available for 100% of the urban population and rural area, thus ensuring a total recovery rate of 60% by 2013, with total recycling of 55%.
By achieving these goals and ensuring no illegal dumping in the future, health risks to the population are expected to fall significantly, alongside vastly improved hygiene conditions and quality of the environment. From an economic perspective, this green approach will also help make Mures County a more attractive place for businesses to invest in.