New solutions for a solid waste mountain

A landfill site on the outskirts of Gdansk is about to undergo extensive modernisation of its treatment plant. The goal is to improve sorting and recycling of solid waste generated by the city.

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The upgrade is urgent, as this site’s treatment plant lacks facilities for sorting or processing waste, besides a container for composting. When the project has been completed, the site should see considerable reductions in deposited waste with benefits for the environment.

Universal sorting at last

Located eight kilometres from the centre of Gdansk, Poland’s main seaport, the Szadolki landfill has been in use since 1973. The area serviced by its treatment plant covers the city and surrounding administrative districts, covering in total around 564 000 inhabitants.

Under the Modernisation of the solid waste management in Gdansk project, construction will begin on a universal sorting facility for mixed waste and recyclables. Also planned are new technological installations able to handle up to 140 000 tonnes of solid waste a year over two working shifts.

Various other essential facilities will also be built. Among them are a weighing section; compartments for mixed waste; compartments for recyclables; a platform for receiving waste from individuals; an area for dismantling bulky waste, return-to-vendor and household appliances, electrical and electronic devices; an area for admittance and storage of hazardous waste; a composting area; areas for temporary storage and for crushing of construction waste; and an area for high landfilling of asbestos.

The project calls for modernisation of some existing waste deposit facilities. It will also fund the construction or extension of leachate and waste water collection and pre-treatment facilities; a fire-fighting water tank; a tank for rainwater from yards and roads; and facilities for degassing the landfill and collecting biogas.

Reduced landfill waste

Once modernised, the Gdansk-Szadolki landfill site will facilitate local solid waste management. It is expected to reduce the volume of deposited biodegradable waste (compared to quantities produced in 1995) by 25% in 2010 and by 65% in 2020. The volume of landfilled waste should be reduced by 50%. The landfill will also take in more waste containing asbestos.

Further expected benefits include increased recycling, waste deposit facilities in line with European standards, and improved local leachate and waste water management. More than 150 jobs will be created during the project’s operational phase.

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