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To Northern Italy to get familiar with the household waste sorting system

2018-01-31

Last week, the representatives of the Ministry of Environment visited Northern Italy and got familiarised with the household waste sorting system. The visit was organised under the European Commission TAIEX-REGIO Peer to Peer Programme. The experience of Italians is helpful in developing a similar system in our country.

In Lithuania, as provided for in the National Strategic Waste Management Plan, municipalities must implement the collection of sorted food and kitchen waste by 2019. Adequate capacities must be installed for processing the collected food and kitchen waste. Pursuant to the requirements of the Waste Management Rules, municipalities must ensure the sorting of food and kitchen waste generated in households at the place of its generation and implement the collection of sorted waste in cities with the population exceeding 50,000.

In the regions of Veneto and Lombardy in Northern Italy which were visited by the representatives of the Ministry, the residents of the municipalities sort out more than 70 % and in some of them – even more than 80 % of municipal waste. The separately collected food waste is used for the production of high-quality compost and biogas, and biogas is used for the production of electricity and heat, like vehicle fuel. The collection of sorted food waste gives additional benefits – the quality of sorting of secondary raw materials is improved and additional jobs are created.

Public Relations Division
31 January 2018


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