Sorting out waste for clean future

As part of efforts to meet EU obligations, minimise environmental damage and improve the quality of life for 425 100 local citizens, this project will set up an integrated solid waste management system for the entire Sibiu County.

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Key areas of the work will be to provide collecting equipment and home composting units for the rural area, and construct a sorting plant (20 000 t/year) and two composting plants with respective capacities of 15 000 t/year and 7 000 t/year.

Collective urban and rural effort

The focus of the project investments is the solid waste sector. The works will be carried out for the entire County of Sibiu, under the responsibility of the County Council. It will be supported by an upgraded institutional framework based on regional management and will take into account the need for greater public awareness and involvement. The project is expected to directly create 124 jobs during the initial development phase and 38 once the waste system is in place and operational.

The following are the main components of the project: supply of collecting equipment, including euro-containers and euro-bins, as well as home composting units; constructing a sorting plant (20 000 t/year) and two composting plants; closing and rehabilitating 5 urban landfills; and public awareness campaigns aimed at reducing waste at source or source separation of recyclable materials.

Clear goals for waste and recycling

Upon completion, the project is expected to make the following goals achievable:

  • 100% collection rate for mixed waste among the urban and rural population, compared to 72% and 62% respectively in 2007;
  • 50% reduction in the quantity of biodegradable waste landfilled by 2013, compared to 1995, due to separate collection systems covering 80% of the urban population by 2013;
  • separate collection of packaging waste available for 100% of the urban population, thus ensuring that by 2013 there will be a total recovery rate of 60%, with total recycling of 55%, detailed as follows:
    • 60% for glass;
    • 60% for paper and cardboard;
    • 50% for metal;
    • 22.5% for plastic;
    • 15% for wood.

By achieving the above goals and ensuring the absence of 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 the Sibiu area a more attractive place for businesses to invest in.

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