After the Environmental Protection Fund was cancelled, the recycling industry found itself in an unenviable position.
Uklanjanje istorijskog otpada
The financial resources which the recycling organizations were counting on for collecting and processing of waste were no longer available, and removal of hazardous waste, historical waste in particular, remained another unresolved issue waiting to be put on the agenda.
Judging by statements made by the Minister of Agriculture and Environmental Protection Prof. Snežane Bogosavljević-Boškovć Ph.D., it would seem that this Ministry is willing to tackle the numerous accumulated problems and to designate funds for recovery of historical waste on some of the most critical sites. With this in mind, 230 million RSD has been committed for the removal of "historical waste" which is to be relocated and permanently disposed of in accordance with legislative procedures.
„Our primary task is the removal of hazardous industrial waste from Prva Iskra Barič and Eko-Gas in Šabac. We are also working on some ten other sites, namely companies undergoing restructuring." – said the Minister in an appearance on RTS, and she pointed out that Prva Iskra Barič is one of the most critical points in view of the fact that 650 tons of hazardous waste has been deposited on this site.
The public procurement procedure for waste removal from Prva Iskra Barič has been conducted in accordance with the law, and three have companies submitted their bids for this job. The most favorable bid was submitted by Yunirisk from Belgrade with a price of 77 million RSD with final incineration in cement plants in Serbia. The second most favorable bid was submitted by Miteco from Belgrade with a price of 79 million RSD for export and disposal abroad, and the third most favorable bid was submitted by Kemis from Valjevo with a price of 81 million RSD also for export and incineration abroad.
Following the official selection of the bidder who is to carry out the removal and disposal of 650 tons of hazardous historical waste from Prva Iskra Barič, this site will be prepared for the new investor from China who is planning to build a new modern facility in place of the old plant. The investor in question is the Chinese company „Meita", engaged in the manufacture of castings of motor carriers. Part of the agreement for the construction of a plant on this site which would employ 1,000 workers was the recovery of historical waste. The Ministry has assumed responsibility for financing this job in order to find a permanent solution to this environmental issue and to attract the foreign investor.
It remains to be seen whether the setting up of a special purpose Fund for Environmental Protection which was announced for this year will speed up and improve removal of historical waste from numerous plants undergoing restructuring, as well as solve potential environmental problems on those sites and attract foreign investors.