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The first hazardous waste management facility will start its operations in Lithuania

2010-11-23

The first hazardous waste management facility will start its operations in Lithuania this year. The facility has been installed in Šiauliai Region, Šiauliai branch of UAB Toksika. Up to 8,000 tons of hazardous waste are expected to be incinerated annually. Thermal energy generated by the operation of the facility will be used for power production. The construction of the facility has been financed by almost LTL 87 million allocated from the EU Cohesion Fund and the state budget funds.

According to Vidmantas Svečiulis, the Director of Šiauliai Regional Environmental Protection Department of the Ministry of Environment, the structure of the facility guarantees the maximum safety when handling hazardous waste in a liquid, solid or paste state. The incineration temperature gets as high as 1100 °C, and substances that are potentially hazardous to human health are decomposed. The society receives automatic monitoring system-generated real time information about the release of carbon monoxide, carbonic oxides, hydrochloric acid, sulphur dioxide, total organic carbon and solid particles.

This facility can be used for the management of waste generated only on the territory of Lithuania. The facility has been designed and installed by Hafner, an Italian company specializing in the field of environmental protection solutions. The principal activity of this company is related to the recovery of waste and biomass by generating energy as heated water, steam or electricity.

Ministry of Environment information, tel. 266 3660

23 November 2010

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