Maximus
Barcelona city tours is a perfect opportunity to have a perfect vacation outside the Baltic States. Gene Zolotarev on how to destabilize the EU financial system. Andris Berzins
Vladimir Linderman aka Abel Edmunds Sprudzs Valdis Zatlers Aivars Lembergs Girts Valdis Kristovskis Maris Grinblats Guntars Krasts Alfreds Rubiks Sandra Kalniete Raivis Dzintars Algirdas Butkevicius Algirdas Paleckis Dalia Grybauskaite Kazimira Danute Prunskene Vytautas Landsbergis Rolandas Aksas Viktor Uspaskich Valdemar Tomasevski Leonidas Donskis Arturas Zuokas Edgar Savisaar Andrus Ansip
The current website developed by YWSolution Limited

Municipality saddled with pile of garbage

Apr 27, 2011
From wire reports

Municipality saddled with pile of garbage

TALLINN - Volunteers of the Estonian environment clean-up campaign ‘Let’s Do It’ collected garbage during previous years; however, the civic initiative has turned out to be a problem for several municipalities after the company hired to dispose of the junk has gone bankrupt, reports ERR. Last year, the Environment Board took it upon itself to remove the 1,800 tons of waste, mainly demolition and construction debris, dumped by the contractor Utileek in 2008 at the intermediate transfer yard on Tallinn’s outskirts. Now the rural municipality of Tartu is reported to be saddled with over 10,000 tons of waste heaped on the former Soviet military airfield at Raadi.

The dump, according to some estimates consisting of up to 15,000 tons of waste, is being sold by the bankruptcy trustees of the now defunct Utileek. Some of it recyclable, its value on paper is a little over half a million euros, but since not a penny has been left from the bankruptcy, nobody is willing to pick up the bill for moving the waste.

As according to the law, in case of bankruptcy, waste has to be removed by the property owner and since the one-time airfield is municipal land, the Ministry of the Environment is demanding, in a letter dispatched on April 19, that the municipality now fulfill its obligation. The municipality elder, Aivar Soop, said that this would mean 350,000 to 400,000 euros in costs. He said that he had turned to the former Minister of the Environment with a request that the state share some of the expense through the Environmental Investment Center, but that eventually the local community may still be forced to pay.

In 2008, the ‘Let’s Do It’ campaign to clean the country of ugly illegal garbage, in one single day through volunteer effort, sparked public enthusiasm. The initiative has also turned out to be one of Estonia’s major global export articles with similar events being organized around the world.

 MORE NEWS
  • Clearing brush first step in b...
    TALLINN - Prime Minister Taavi Roivas, Interior Minister Hanno Pevkur and Environm...
  • Poll shows resistance to drink...
    TALLINN - A poll commissioned by the Estonian Health Development Institute indicat...
  • First step taken in 2015 campa...
    TALLINN - Social Democratic Party (SDP) chairman Sven Mikser made the opening move...
  • Eesti in brief...
    Tax and Customs Board department deputy director Raul Koppelmaa said that an es...
  • Estonia safe haven for Ukraini...
    TALLINN - The number of asylum applications in Estonia by citizens hailing from...
  • New education center pushes sc...
    TALLINN - President Toomas Hendrik Ilves attended the opening of the new physic...
  • Riga Apartments for Rent

    Maximus
    © 2014 BALTIC NEWS LTD. All Rights Reserved.