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Environmentalists to inspect the processing of the green waste by the general public


Effective 1 August, the environmentalists throughout the country will closely monitor whether the general public processes the green waste properly and whether it complies with the prohibition to incinerate that type of waste. Raids by the environmentalist shall run until late September, while the officers will be informing the public on proper processing of the green waste.

The environmentalists point out that anyone incinerating grass, fallen trees, leaves, hay, and other waste of the field-husbandry and horticulture is liable to a fine of up to EUR 230. Anyone incinerating stubble, unmowed and unpicked grass, reed, cereals, and other agricultural cultures is liable to a fine of almost EUR 300. Anyone found in breach of fire safety rules, where this leads to a fire or spreading of a fire in the woods is liable to a fine of over EUR 1,100.

In 20115, Kęstutis Trečiokas, Minister of the Environment, seeking to cut down the number of fires brought about by irresponsible human behaviour and the grass burning, and to mitigate the severe consequences of these, introduced changes to the assessment of environmental damage caused by such behaviour. To-date, anyone guilty of grass burning is required to compensate the environmental damage of at least EUR 100, regardless of the area exposed to fire.

Residents can either use the biodegradable, or the so-called “green” waste for composting purposes, or take them to the designated sites for composting of the green waste.

Call the general emergency number 112 in case of incineration of waste (including the green waste), or any other breaches of the environmental protection.

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