RIGA - The Riga City Council's cooperation agreement with the joint-stock waste management company Tiriga is unfavorable to Riga residents and the agreement must be terminated, according to members of the Riga City Council's Group of Independent Councilmen and For Riga! group.
At a press conference on Monday, the independent council members said that they would urge the Riga City Council's Housing and Environment Department to look into the possibility of terminating the agreement and finding ways to develop a new waste management system that would be more beneficial to Riga residents.
As reported, Riga City Council and Getlini EKO landfill entered into a EUR 686.3 million public-private partnership on management of household waste in Riga with CREB Riga, a company set up by two environmental service providers - Clean R and Eco Baltia Vide.
At the beginning of June, Getlini EKO and CREB Riga established joint venture Rigas Vides Pakalpojumi, later renamed Tiriga, which from September 15 was to provide household waste management services in Riga for the next twenty years.
On September 9, the Competition Council banned Tiriga from signing agreements with the residents of Riga.
On September 19, Saeima approved a Cabinet decision to declare a state of emergency in Riga in the area of waste collection and management.