County looks forward to new waste management facilities

A new integrated waste management system will help reduce landfill rates and illegal dumping in Suceava County, Romania. The project will also boost recycling rates and promises to make the environment more attractive.

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The objective of this project is to provide solid waste management facilities and activities which will integrate waste separation, collection, transport, treatment, recycling and disposal. At the same time, several urban landfills will be closed and rehabilitated and a public awareness campaign will promote the benefits of recycling. The scheme will be implemented by the local county council and will help to meet Romania’s EU Accession Treaty obligations and environmental priorities.

Recycling boost

The project will be supported by improvements to local institutional and management frameworks which will ensure the new facilities are run as efficiently as possible. The majority of the county’s 685 700 population will benefit in a number of ways. The scheme will reduce the need for illegal dumping of rubbish, which in turn will be better for people’s health, improve hygiene and help keep the environment clean. In addition, the development of a reliable solid waste management system will make Suceava a more attractive place for investment.

Under the new waste management system, collection rates for mixed waste will cover 100 % of the urban population and 95 % of the rural population. In 2013 the scheme should lead to a 50 % reduction in the amount of biodegradable waste that ends up in landfill (compared to 1995). This will be made possible thanks to the improved waste collection rates and the promotion of home composting and the in-situ composting of park and garden waste.

A separate collection of packaging waste will be provided to the entire urban population and 95 % of the rural population. Therefore, by 2013, the county will have a total waste recovery rate of 60 % and a recycling rate of 55 %. Projected recycling rates can be broken down as follows: glass 60 %; paper and cardboard 60 %; metal 50 %; plastic 22.5 %; and 15 % for wood.

New infrastructure

The project will provide home composting units in suburban and rural areas, as well as shredders for the in-situ composting of park and garden waste. Three transfer units for handling rubbish will be built at Radauti (capable of dealing with 40 757 tonnes/year), Falticeni (27 544 t/year) and Campulung Moldovenesc (11 197 t/year). In addition, two existing transfer stations at Gura Humorului (16 691 t/year) and Vatra Dornei (11 787 t/year) will be upgraded.

A sorting plant will be built at Moara that will be capable of dealing with 28 600 t/year of waste. Two new landfills will also be constructed at Moara and Pojorita, which will have capacities of 1.38 million tonnes and 0.39 million tonnes respectively. This work will be complemented by the closure and rehabilitation of seven non-compliant landfills. During implementation, the project is expected to generate 221 jobs.

Total and EU funding

The project ”Integrated Waste Management System in Suceava County” has a total eligible budget of EUR 48 000 000, with the European Regional Development Fund contributing EUR 36 000 000 for the 2007 to 2013 programming period.

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