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Uniform pricing for municipal waste management proposed


New legislation has been drafted to ensure that all residents pay the same price for municipal waste services irrespective of where they live.

The Ministry of Environment has tabled amendments to the law on waste management and other legal acts, proposing a uniform pricing model for waste management services in all municipalities.

“Since there has been no uniform pricing policy for municipal waste management services, local authorities have been applying different methods and interpretations of what should be included in the price paid by the customers. We have been hearing many complaints from residents about the charges they have to pay,” Deputy Environment Minister Algirdas Genevičius said.

After the amendments are adopted by the parliament, all municipal administrations will start applying the uniform pricing rules and charges from 1 July 2016. The new legislation will also help direct revenues from waste management charges towards improving service quality and infrastructure development.

In addition, the new rules will prevent municipal administrations from charging for household waste collection from recycling containers unless they are able to prove the amounts and types of household waste misplaced in those containers, as well as the waste recovery costs involved. This is expected to lead to greater participation in waste sorting among residents.

The Ministry of Environment is calling on citizens to submit their comments and proposals for the amendments and the pricing rules by email to by 8 May 2015.

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