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Construction waste should not be a headache for households

2014-09-15

Lately, the ministry’s specialists have been receiving increased numbers of calls about construction and demolition waste. After picking up some news about the recently revised construction waste management regulations, people are enquiring whether the procedure for accepting this waste has been changed.

“Construction waste should definitely not be a headache for the households of the capital city,” director of the ministry’s waste department, Vilma Karosienė said. “All municipal sites for collecting bulky waste should accept it as before. Adopted two weeks ago, the new revisions of the construction waste management regulations are of relevance only to companies engaged in construction and demolition.”

Vilnius residents can bring construction and demolition waste to the capital’s sites for collecting bulky waste. The addresses of these sites are provided on http://www.vaatc.lt/aiksteles/.

According to the revised construction waste management regulations, as of the 15th of September 2014, companies engaged in construction and demolition must not only sort municipal, inert, recyclable and reusable, hazardous and non-recyclable waste but also store it separately on the site. The best way to manage this waste is to sort it in separate containers for subsequent handover to the handling companies. Their list can be found in the register of waste handling companies at http://193.219.55.14/atir/ATIR.py/m_search.

In Vilnius region, Kazokiškės landfill is authorised to accept non-recyclable construction waste (insulation materials, rock and glass wool, etc.) (http://www.vaatc.lt/savartynai/atlieku-salinimas-vilniaus-apskrities-regioniniame-komunaliniu-atlieku-savartyne/informacija-atlieku-turetojams-ir-vezejams/).

Regional environmental protection departments monitor compliance with the construction waste management rules at sites. Control is currently being reinforced. Failing to comply with or improperly fulfilling legislative provisions, builders are subject to administrative proceedings. The amount of penalty depends on the quantity of collected and improperly handled waste. Penalties may range from several hundred to several thousand litas.

Public information division
16/09/2014

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