The Public Association “RECICLARE”, with the financial support of UNDP Moldova and the Ministry of the Environment, launched the social campaign #EUSORTEZ, through which it aims to encourage the sorting of waste among citizens.
“During the campaign, citizens will be informed about a simple way to sort waste. They will be encouraged to throw biodegradable food waste in the black garbage bag, and recyclables such as glass, paper or plastic in the green bag. Currently, there are over 3700 unauthorized landfills in the Republic of Moldova.
Due to the fact that the waste has been buried in the ground over the years, there are no more clean drinking water sources in the Republic of Moldova. This is one of the most serious consequences of the soil contaminated with waste dumped in unauthorized areas”, stressed Vlada Vutcarau, president of AO “Recycling”.
During the press conference, the organizers emphasized that as a result of the campaign, they aim to recycle approximately 1000 tons of waste every month.
“This campaign is primarily to train citizens to do more efficient sorting. We have ambitious goals, but we need to help each other. This is how we will contribute to a recyclable economy”, stated Igor Gârlea, interim director of Î.M. Directed “Self-salubrity”.
The project is financially supported by the Ministry of Environment and UNDP Moldova. “These activities allow us to inform the population. At the current stage, the primary focus is on educating the population, delimiting these two types of waste. Starting from 2023, we will be able to demonstrate that a region can collect waste, collection and recycling technologies can be implemented”, stated Svetlana Bolocan, head of the Waste and Chemical Substances Management Policy department.
“The field of waste management is a strategic field supported by UNDP Moldova. Currently, in the Republic of Moldova we have over 1000 authorized landfills, with a capacity of over 80% covered. And there are more than 2,000 unauthorized dumpsites throughout the country. At the moment, the country’s population sorts less than 10 percent of the waste it produces”, added Denis Parea, national coordinator of the “GEF Small Grants Programme”
More than 100 people work at the ABS Recycling plant in the capital. Every day, employees manually sort thousands of tons of waste.
“Many times, however, because perishable food products have been mixed with recyclables, the quality of glass, plastic and paper is wrong, the waste can no longer be recycled. This is because food waste spoils the quality of recyclables”, added Serghei Balica, general director of “ABS Recycling”.
The project was launched by the “RECICLARE” Public Association, in partnership with ABS Recycling and the Regia Municipal Enterprise “Autosalubritate”, with the financial support of UNDP Moldova, through the GEF Small Grants Program and the Ministry of the Environment.