In order to align its standards with the European ones, one of the conditions that Serbia will have to meet is to introduce a circular economy in the process of production itself, that is, to use waste as a resource in the industry– said the participants of the panel ″A new chapter in the hazardous waste management in Serbia“ in Novi Sad.
Učesnici Miteco panela na ISWA 2016
In order to achieve the abovementioned, it is necessary to increase the level of recycling, solve the problem of hazardous and historical waste and enable cooperation between public and private sectors with the aim of creating a favorable business environment for new investors, according to the conclusion of the panel, which was organized by the company Miteco and ISWA World Congress 2016.
When speaking about the current revision of EU legislation in the field of waste management, it was emphasized that a global challenge in today's industry is to achieve the sustainable development by using resources in an environmentally sound manner.
According to the representative of the European Federation of Waste Management and Environmental Services ″FEAD“ Peter Hodecek, in order to achieve the abovementioned, it is necessary to improve waste market, which would facilitate the achievement of the full potential of this sector.
″Effective operation of waste market in the EU would save 72 billion euros a year (thanks to the full implementation of the EU legislation), the annual turnover from the waste management and recycling sector in the EU would increase to 42 billion euros and the conditions for more than 400.000 jobs in the European market would be created by 2020″, said Holocek.
The Chairman of the ISWA Working Group on Hazardous Waste Jean-Paul Leglise talked about the activities on the preparation of a manual for hazardous waste management, which is implemented in cooperation with UNEP and UNIDO.
″This will be the first manual of such type, interactive and available online, with the aim of engaging all interested parties in the process with their comments and suggestions, in order to improve the practice of hazardous waste management and create a manual with wide application in the industry″, stated Leglise.
The Professor at the University of Natural Resources and Applied Sciences in Vienna, Stefan Salhofer spoke about the role of manufacturers, importers and traders in the area of electronic waste management, as well as the prospects of recycling industry for each country. ″Recycling of electronic waste is not only a matter of environmental protection, but also an important economic issue, since this field creates opportunities for new jobs and contributes to economic development, therefore, a good quality system is necessary in every country″, Salhofer pointed out.
Panelists stated that reuse of already used materials is essential for providing resources for industrial facilities, and that the new Regulation stipulates that ash, as a construction material, can be used in construction, reconstruction, recovery and maintenance of infrastructural facilities, which contributes to the sustainability of the entire system.
″In that way, multiple importance of ash as a secondary raw material is viewed in its use in commercial purposes, to reduce pollution and improve the quality of environment″, said the director of energy production of the public enterprise EPS, branch TEKO Kostolac", Nenad Marković.
In addition to circular economy introduction, transition countries also face a problem of historical waste and pollution as evidenced by the amount of 100.000 tons of historical waste that exists in Serbia. For that reason, the field of waste management reguires an integrated approach of all participants in the area of environmental protection, and the aim of this pannel was to provide the basis for meeting the prescribed deadlines and improving the hazardous waste management system in our country.