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Mamikins: Latvia is becoming a landfill for rich European countries

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUA very large fire took place at an illegal landfill in Jurmala this week. According to information from the State Environmental Protection service, the fire had engulfed 23 tonnes of waste, mainly plastic waste, says Latvian MEP Andrejs Mamikins.

According to the representative of the company, it was not waste that was on fire, but rather polymers prepared for secondary recycling. With that, there was not need to acquire waste storage and recycling permit.

Mamikins says: «Europol’s report for 2013 turned attention to the fact that legal waste management is often used to hide illegal transport of waste to Eastern Europe from rich Western and Nordic European countries. More precisely: waste from countries with strict ecological legislation is carried to countries will more lenient laws and more agreeable services.»

According to data from the Central Statistical Bureau of Latvia, waste that fits the category – plastic waste, parings and scrap – was imported to Latvia from Finland, Sweden, Netherlands, Germany and Austria. 11.5 thousand tonnes of plastic waste was imported to Latvia in 2016.

As reported by the State Environment Service, the landfill ravaged by fire stored nearly 23,000 tonnes of waste. This means this landfill stored the official volume of imported waste for approximately two years. Those were just the plastic waste; there are also electrical appliances, batteries and other types of waste imported to Latvia, Mamikins’ office states.

«The result is sad. Latvia is gradually becoming a landfill for European waste. Our air and ground water are being slowly polluted and poisoned. This cannot be allowed to continue! I have turned to the Environmental Protection and Regional Development Ministry and the European Commission with questions: is imported waste recycled at all? What were responsible services doing all this time, how much waste continues entering Latvia, and how many illegal landfills in Latvia could experience devastating fires in the future? This cannot continue! We must forbid further imports of waste into our country or introduce strict control for waste recycling. We have to put an end to actions making Latvia a landfill for rich European countries. The time has come to take action,» Mamikins said in his statement.

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  1. Mark says:

    Every step in the right direction is good.

    More very urgent action is needed on waste treatment in Riga!

    When will most all waste in Riga (including most glass) stop just being dumped in Getliņi?

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  2. Zerry says:

    Instead of crying after that Latvia could make profits and develope the waste recycling industry. The major problem instead is the corruption in waste and energy sector in Latvia. Tackle that part, stop whining and start making business.

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