The largest landfill in Europe, located in Serbia, is to be closed. “There have been fires due to 40 years of dumping garbage there in a manner inconsistent with the regulations,” said Irena Vujović, Minister of Environment of Serbia. According to data from the Belgrade health services, the Vincy landfill has emitted over 4 billion cubic meters of methane into the atmosphere since its inception.
Three weeks ago, acrid smoke from a burning garbage dump appeared in the Serbian capital. Similar phenomena were not uncommon due to poor waste management, the process of decomposition of rubbish and fire resulting from the process.
Serbia closes the largest landfill in Europe
The Vincy landfill is 40 years old and according to the International Finance Corporation (IFC) belonging to the World Bank Group, it is the largest in Europe.
The landfill accepted 1.5 thousand people a day. tonnes of household waste and 3 thousand. tons of construction waste. Vujović announced that the closed dump would be secured against landslides and reclaimed by 2023.
– There have been fires due to 40 years of dumping garbage there in a manner inconsistent with regulations (environmental – ed.). I hope we will never have problems with that again – said Vujović.
Construction of a new landfill
According to data from the Belgrade health services, the Vincy landfill has emitted over 4 billion cubic meters of methane into the atmosphere since its inception. In recent years, Serbian environmental organizations have organized protests demanding that the facility be closed.
In 2019, the authorities of the Serbian capital, together with the French-Japanese consortium Suez-Itochu, began the construction of a new landfill along with a waste incineration plant that produces energy from waste.
Reuters recalls that Serbia is a candidate for membership in the European Union, but before accession, the country will have to invest over 15 billion euros to meet EU environmental standards, including those regarding waste disposal.
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