900 tons of hazardous waste
The competent Ministry decided that disposal of historical waste in companies undergoing restructuring and liquidation will be implemented by a consortium of four companies.
Large quantities of hazardous, historical waste temporarily stored throughout the Republic of Serbia presents a hazard to human health, as well as the environment. Towards the end of October of 2014, the Republic Inspection Department for Environmental Protection prepared a detailed Report on hazardous waste remaining in companies undergoing restructuring and liquidation. It was established that, after resolving the status of these companies, it was necessary to act quickly on the sites of current temporary storage of hazardous waste in terms of removing, treatment and final disposal of the waste.
With this in view, an open procedure of public procurement was carried out for services of permanent disposal of hazardous waste in companies undergoing restructuring and liquidation, the solving of this problem being the obligation of the Republic of Serbia. Based on the tender documentation, and pursuant to the decision of the competent Ministry, it was established that the most favourable bid was presented by a consortium of four companies - Kemis from Valjevo, Modekolo, Yunirisk and Miteco Kneževac from Belgrade.
The Ministry requested that a systemic approach be applied in the treatment of hazardous waste in facilities that are located on the territory of the Republic of Serbia and/or export of hazardous waste for treatment in countries of the OECD (which have the required facilities for waste which cannot be treated in the RS). This request was met by the said four companies which base their operations on these principles.
In forming the List of priorities for permanent disposal of hazardous waste, the main criteria is as follows: the type and quantity of hazardous waste, i.e. characteristics and quantities of hazardous waste present on certain sites and their negative effect on human health and the environment (pollution of soil, surface waters and underground waters), as well the way in which the subject waste is stored.
Based on the above, selected as priority were companies which have historical waste on its sites in the estimated quantities of approximately 900 tons. This relates to two companies undergoing liquidation – Viskoza Cel-vlakno Loznica and IMT fabrika motokultivatora i motora Knjaževac, and eight companies undergoing restructuring, namely: Concern Petar Drapšin Mladenovac, Hi Župa Kruševac, Imt Beograd, Zorka Obojena Metalurgija Šabac, Zorka Centar Za Istraživanje Šabac, Utva – Aircraft Industry Pančevo, Minel Transformatori Ripanj, Pd Livnica Topola.
Funds in the amount of approximately 230 million RSD were allocated for these projects and their implementation will be a great contribution to improvement of environmental conditions in Serbia.