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Lithuania’s waste sector receives a good mark for legal regulation

2017-01-24

In accordance with the legal regulation of the waste sector, Lithuania meets all the guidelines of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and is ready for membership in this organisation. Such a conclusion has been produced by the OECD Secretariat. The latter has noted that our country will need no additional time for the implementation of the waste sector obligations in seeking OECD membership, and has welcomed the fact that Lithuania is a party to the Basel Convention. This opinion will be submitted to the OECD Environment Policy Committee.

According to Dalius Krinickas, Director of the Waste Department of the Ministry of Environment, the OECD, on assessing our waste management system, has made a few optional recommendations.

One of them is the improved monitoring and control of waste streams, organisation of training for inspectors carrying out environmental state control and the establishment of a coordination mechanism for the regional environmental protection departments. The OECD has also proposed to introduce measures for municipalities to implement separate waste collection and promote quality recycling, and ensure flexible investments in waste infrastructure, especially in its mechanical biological treatment installations. However, the experts recommend planning investments in waste incineration infrastructure with caution in order to avoid excessive capacity. In addition, it is recommended to assess the effectiveness of waste prevention and recycling, ensure the management of hazardous waste in an environmentally safe way, etc.

Communication Division
24/01/2017


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