Ultra-modern waste management

An integrated solid waste management system is being rolled out for an entire county in north-eastern Romania. When up and running, it will benefit some 568 000 people, notably enabling the separate collection of packaging waste for everyone living in urban and rural areas.

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The project includes major investments in a range of measures, among them the closure of existing urban landfills and rural dump sites, plus public awareness campaigns on solid waste. It will be implemented in the County of Neamt, under the responsibility of the County Council.

Complete management chain

The project goal is to implement an integrated solid waste management system. It will bring together all the necessary waste separation, collection, transport, treatment, recycling and disposal elements. Three existing non-compliant urban landfills will be closed and rehabilitated. Over 120 illegal rural dump sites will be closed, 45 of which will also be rehabilitated.

The work includes the separate collection of waste, such as the distribution of bins and containers for recyclable waste and biodegradable waste. People will also be offered home-composting units.

Three transfer stations are to be constructed in Cordun, Targu Neamt and Tasca (45 000, 17 000 and 9 000 tonnes/year), and a new sorting plant is to be built in Cordun, with the capability of handling up to 17 000 tonnes annually. A new landfill will also be constructed in Girov, alongside the closure and rehabilitation of three non-compliant landfills (in Roman, Targu Neamt and Bicaz).

County-wide system

Under the project, the collection rate for mixed waste will cover the county's entire urban and rural population. This compares to an average urban collection coverage rate of 63% in 2007 and of 14% in rural areas.

Illegal dumping should become a thing of the past, thus reducing health risks for the population and improving the quality of the environment. Reliable and compliant solid waste management system will in turn make the Neamt area a more attractive place to invest in.

The project will directly mobilise 100 jobs during the implementation phase and 76 when the system will be up and running. There will also be public awareness measures aimed at reducing waste at source or source separation of recyclable materials.

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