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Signal to start biodegradable waste management facilities construction is given


Yesterday a signal was given to start constructions of biodegradable waste management facilities in Alytus region. The first biodegradable waste sorting and recycling facilities in Lithuania should be erected by the autumn of 2015 in a dump near Alytus. Yesterday the construction contract was signed with the construction company "Dzūkijos statyba”, which will implement the jobs specified in the contract together with the UAB „Alkesta“ and the Dutch company „Columbris Technologies B.V.“.

Vytautas Vrubliauskas, the head of the Waste Project Division of the Environmental Project Agency of the Ministry of Environment, says that the construction of such facilities is the first stage of the waste management system development project in Alytus region. The total value of the project is more than 36 million litas. The majority of the amount (31 milion litas) comes from the EU support, the remaining amount was allocated by the Alytus region waste management centre.

During the first stage of the project conditions will be created for proper management of biodegradable waste. During the next stage this waste is planned to be recycled applying dry anaerobic fermentation methods. It is one of the most advanced and efficient waste recycling methods preferred by a number of countries which successfully address waste management issues. These waste recycling methods allow additional generation of energy which will be used for technological purposes and its surplus will be sold.

In Lithuania biodegradable waste makes up 40 percent of all municipal waste, which is constantly increasing. According to the EU requirements, lesser amounts of municipal waste should reach dumps. After the new facilities are constructed in Alytus region, waste which is suitable for recycling will be separated mechanically and biodegradable waste will be recycled. This will allow to recycle up to 75 percent of all municipal waste of the region as well as to reduce ground water and soil pollution.

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12 December 2012


Minister of Environment of Lithuania Kęstutis Navickas
Minister of Environment of Lithuania Kęstutis Navickas