Waste management project to reduce landfill waste

A major waste management project in the Romanian county of Dolj increases waste disposal and recycling in rural areas and reduces biodegradable waste landfilled in both urban and rural communities.

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The project, with a view of meeting the corresponding obligations in the Accession Treaty, implements an integrated waste management system for the entire county, integrating all necessary waste collection, separate collection, transport, transfer and treatment with recycling, composting plants, and landfills. At the same time, all existing non-compliant landfills are closed and rehabilitated.

Coverage and benefits

All of Dolj’s 611 347 inhabitants are covered by the project, which also takes into account the need for higher public awareness and participation. Public awareness campaigns focus on the importance of home composting and separate collection.

Under the project, the collection rate for mixed waste will reach 100 % of the urban and rural population, compared to only 20 % in rural areas in 2013.

When the whole population is provided with separate collection for packaging waste, a total recovery rate of 60 % is ensured by 2016, with a total recycling rate of 55 %. Total recycling is broken down as: 60 % for glass, 60 % for paper and cardboard, 50 % for metal, 22.5 % for plastic and 15 % for wood. 

Due to the implementation of separate collection for the entire county, as well as to the promotion of home composting and the construction of biodegradable treatment facilities, the quantity of landfilled biodegradable waste will be reduced by 35 % by 2016, compared to the quantity generated in 1995.

Technical plans

Under the project, four transfer stations will be constructed in Filiasi, Bailesti, Dobresti and Calafati. In addition, a sorting plant will be constructed in Craiova, two composting plants will be constructed in Mofleni and Calafat, and two centres for hazardous waste will be set up in Craiova and Bailesti. Three non-compliant landfills will be closed in Calafat, Bailesti and Sagarcea. Selective collection will be implemented, and 102 986 home composting units will be supplied in rural areas and in Bechet and Dabuleni cities.

The project is expected to create around 300 jobs upon completion in 2017.

Total investment and EU funding

Total investment for the project “Integrated Waste Management System in Dolj County” is EUR 53 612 797, with the European Regional Development Fund contributing EUR 41 121 056 from the operational programme “Environment” for the 2007-2013 programming period. Work falls under the priority axis “Development of integrated waste management systems and rehabilitation of historically contaminated sites”.

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