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EU aid granted for construction of a company of incineration of municipal waste


The Ministry of Environment has extended nearly EUR 49 million for the construction of the enterprise for incineration of municipal waste in Vilnius, from the EU aid in the period of 2014 to 2020. The combined heat and power plant will be erected in Jočionių street (in the vicinity of Gariūnai market) and should be launched in the late 2019.

According to Dalius Krinickas, director of the Waste Department at the Ministry of Environment, the EU funding was extended to this large-scale project since the energy generated in waste incineration will not be wasted, but instead will be used for generation of both heat and electricity. This will contribute to the implementation of circular economy. Waste incineration (when the energy generated is not put to use) is treated as waste disposal.

Vilnius combined heat and power plant will be used for incineration of municipal waste classified, after sorting, as unfit for recycling or reuse, yet still of certain energy value. The power plant is expected to process up to 160,000 ton of waste, originating in Vilnius and Utena regions per year, i.e. such a volume of waster would not be reaching the landfills.

Although, to quote Dalius Krinickas, Lithuania is classified with leading Member States of the EU in the context of improved rate of waste recycling, there is still so much to do before the country reaches the EU targets in the field of waste recycling. One of these targets seeks to have as little as 10% municipal waste deposited in the landfills by 2030.

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