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Lithuania regions request €132m for waste recycling at EU level

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Vilnius - Ten regional waste management centres operating in Lithuania have submitted applications by 15 September for LTL 454 mln. (= €132 million) worth of support from the EU Structural Funds. The total value of the projects intended for waste sorting and recycling amounts to LTL 565 mln. (= €164 million) Implementation of these projects will solve the problem of odours from landfills as well.

Support funds granted for the development of the waste management system meeting EU requirements in 2007–2013 make up LTL 813 mln., of which LTL 450 mln. are to be allocated this year for developing waste sorting, recycling and other use capacity. The projects should be completed by the end of 2013.

This is the second stage of the waste management system development. The first stage which has involved the closure of about 450 old landfills and construction of 11 new landfills is nearing completion with success. The first stage has already utilised LTL 369 mln. of Community and national budget funds granted.

These measures have allowed fulfilling the requirements of the EU Landfill Directive, in particular terminating waste disposal in non-compliant landfills by July 2009 and achieving the target of a greater than 90 percent share of the population using a centralised waste collection service (in 2006, that share was 60 percent only).

Household expenditure for waste management in individual regions depends on the chosen waste sorting and recycling solutions. Six regions are planning biodegradable waste management with biogas extraction, three regions have plans for biodegradable waste composting, and Klaipëda should install a sorting facility which, together with on-site composting solutions, would ensure the maximum separation of secondary raw materials from the remaining part subject to incineration.

In addition, individual composting will be promoted in many regions through the purchase of individual composting containers for the population. This will essentially reduce the dissatisfaction of those residing in the vicinity of landfills with odours as biodegradable waste is sorted and recycled before reaching the disposal sites.

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