Waste management is one of the most important issues Belgrade is going to have to face in the following years, as evidenced from the planned projects in this area – remediation of the land-fill in Vinča, as well as the construction of five facilities for waste water treatment – for which almost a billion Euros will be allocated.
The local plan for waste management in Belgrade establishes that by 2021 a sustainable waste management system be put in place based on the principle "collection-recycling-disposal".
These were the central topics of discussion of the Fifth CEDEF Convention which was held today in Belgrade as part of the Annual CEDEF Program for Cities and Municipalities of Serbia - Leaders of Sustainable Development. The Company Miteco Kneževac, engaged in the management of industrial and hazardous waste, one of this year's partners of the Convention, over the years has provided on the territory of Belgrade services of disposal of different types of waste, such as chemical waste, pharmaceutical waste, waste oils and lubricants, PCB's, historical waste, and in this way has contributed to resolving numerous environmental problems in the capital.
"The most significant projects which we have realized so far have included removal of hazardous waste from the Public Utility Company "Belgrade Waterworks and Sewerage" and cleaning chemical waste from the Public Utility Company "Belgrade Heating Plants", as well as projects relating to disposal of historical waste from the Institute of Virology, Vaccines and Sera "Torlak" and management of medical waste from the "Clinical Center of Serbia", said Nebojša Tomašević, speaking on behalf of Miteco, and added that discussed at the Convention was also the possible integration of Miteco in the waste management system of Belgrade, particularly in reference to taking over separated hazardous waste from future landfills, as well as special flows of municipal and industrial waste for further energy utilization.
Future waste management in Belgrade, a topic of CEDEF discussion, requires the construction of facilities for renewal of material resources as part of the complex of future regional landfills, as well as the construction of a facility for selection of recyclable waste at the sites of future landfills. In addition to this, it is necessary to regulate the responsibilities of all future key players (purchasing and processing companies), to establish an office for monitoring and environmental protection, and to carry out recovery and regeneration of existing dumps/landfills which will be successively closed.
The CEDEF Program for Cities and Municipalities is carried out under the auspices of the Ministry of Construction, Transport and Infrastructure of the RS, Ministry of Mining and Energy of the RS, Environmental Protection Committee of the National Assembly of the RS, and the Environmental Protection Agency of the RS.