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Riga City Council plans to sign 20-year contract with a single waste management company

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RURiga municipality plans to announce a tender, as part of which it is planned to sign a 20-year conract with a single waste management company in Riga, as confirmed by Riga City Council Housing and Environment Department’s Environment Office chief Evija Piņķe.

According to her, documents are currently being prepared for submission to the Central Financial and Contracting Agency for approval. The tender itself is planned to be announced this year.

The project for the formation of 2,500 shared waste collection sites and 12 sorted waste sites. As part of the project, it is planned to perform a replacement of the container and car park, as well as installation of an underground-type containers in Old Riga. According to Piņķe, the total funding from a private investor is planned to be EUR 27 million. The exact amount will become known once all estimates have been finalized.

«Riga municipality’s contribution to the project will be provision of the city’s owned pieces of land to be used as waste collection sites. They will be entrusted to a private partner for the duration of the project – 20 years. All major risks will be undertaken by our private partner,» said the city council’s representative.

The decision to change the existing management model, under which waste management in Riga is performed by several companies, was made based on results of a meeting of the Housing and Environment Committee in 2015. During that meeting, members discussed matters associated with household waste management in Riga and possible solutions.

At the time, potential management scenarios allowed entrusting waste management to private businessmen or performing waste management in accordance with public and private partnership requirements.

«After considering the pros and cons of the aforementioned variants, it was decided that PPP is the most appropriate solution. With that, funding was allocated in 2015 for a study ‘On the development of the country’s waste management system’. Results of the study and an economic analysis confirmed that Institutional Partnership would be the most beneficial option to ensure sustainable function of Riga’s waste management system,» says Piņķe.


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