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Environmental Board: disposal of waste to the waste management centre should be as convenient as doing the groceries

Photo: Erik Kosenkranius
Photo: Erik Kosenkranius

Prior to the “Let's do it” Day of Civil Actions on 4th May and the spring-cleaning time, the Environmental Board calls for local governments to find convenient solutions for waste disposal, such as extending the opening hours of waste management centres.

In order to be properly managed, the waste collected during the spring cleaning must reach the waste management facility. The simplest way to recycle the waste is to separate it at source to prevent mixing different waste materials. Separately collected waste has a higher quality as material, increasing the waste recycling, improving sorting efficiency and avoiding redundant energy and labour costs.

“In order for the stuff collected by the people who participated in the day of civil action to arrive at the right place, it is necessary to make waste disposal as comfortable as possible. There are very well functioning waste disposal centres in Estonia, but unfortunately there is a lot of complaining about the opening hours of some waste centres and the quality of service. Bringing recyclable materials to the waste disposal centre must be as accessible and convenient as the doing the groceries! If waste centres become popular, we will also move closer to reaching the recycling target – 50% of residential waste must be recycled by 2020,” said Rein Kalle, Head of the Environmental Department of the Environmental Board.

Considering the timetable of the employed people, the opening hours of waste centres should be extended so, that they would remain open in the evenings and on weekends. To this end, local authorities should enter into appropriate agreements with the operators of the waste centres so that the opening hours of the waste stations may be open on a longer basis, depending on the season and current demand. In addition, the local government bodies should update the information published on their websites to ensure that locals have up-to-date and accurate information on when and what kind of waste may be delivered to a regional waste management centre for free or for charge.

Paper and cardboard, plastics, metals, glass, biodegradable garden and landscaping waste, biodegradable kitchen and canteen waste, non-biodegradable garden and landscaping waste, various packaging, wood and textile, large waste, problem product waste (such as electronic equipment) and hazardous waste. Waste generated during repair works must be taken to the nearest waste disposal site or commissioned for removal from a waste disposal company.

Each municipality must find a solution to allow residents to collect and dispose of all these types of waste separately in the form of organized waste collection at waste management centres, public waste collection sites or containers for different types of waste. Separate waste may also be collected in separate municipal collection bins.

Information on the location of the nearest waste management centres and other necessary information may be obtained from the local government or the geographical map application When ordering waste transportation on site, you must make sure that the transport service provider has a waste permit or a certificate of registration on the Environmental E-Services Portal of the Environmental Board

Further information:
Dagny Kungus
Chief Specialist of Waste of the Environmental Board
telephone: 5698 8184

Sille Ader
Spokesperson for the Environmental Board
telephone: 5745 0332

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