Improved waste management leads to better quality of life

More than 500 000 people who live in Maramureş County in northern Romania look set to benefit from new waste management facilities and measures, which will cut down on rubbish heading for landfill and improve rates of recycling.

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This project provides a complete system for waste separation, collection, transport, treatment, recycling, and disposal of waste, while closing and rehabilitating a number of landfills in the area. In addition, the investment includes the delivery of a public awareness campaign designed to encourage people to separate their rubbish and recycle more.

The changes should reduce illegal dumping, which in turn will reduce health risks to the local population, improve hygiene conditions and the quality of the environment. Another positive should be to make the area more attractive to investors. All these improvements are accompanied by a revamped institutional framework based on the regional management of the new waste operations.

The project aims to deliver a number of measurable outcomes, including a 100 % collection rate for mixed waste, for both the urban and rural populations. By 2016, the new system should reduce the quantity of biodegradable waste going to landfill to 35 %, based on the quantity being dumped in 1995. Another objective is to collect all packaging waste from the local population, which should lead to recycling rates of 60 % for glass, paper and cardboard; 50 % for metal; and 20 % for plastics.

New facilities

In terms of facilities and infrastructure, the investment provides the following:

  • Separate collection of waste in four collection areas, plus capacity for home composting;
  • Construction of three transfer stations in Mosei, Targu Lapus and Sighetu Marmatiei;
  • Construction of an integrated waste management centre in Sîrbi, including an ecological landfill, a treatment plant capable of dealing with 150 000 tonnes of biodegradable waste every year, a composting plant and sorting line;
  • Building seven collection centres for bulky waste, including electrical equipment and hazardous waste.

The project is expected to provide 80 jobs during implementation and 198 upon completion.

Total investment and EU funding

Total investment for the project “Integrated waste management system in Maramureş County” is EUR 63 225 240, of which the EU’s European Regional Development Fund is contributing EUR 39 275 463 from the Operational Programme “Environment” for the 2007 to 2013 programming period. Work falls under the priority “Development of integrated waste management systems and rehabilitation of historically contaminated sites”.

Draft date

26/11/2014