Study tour to Romania

During the period of 14th to 18th of November 2016 twelve beneficiary representatives (Ministry of Agriculture and Environmental Protection, Serbian Environmental Agency, Provincial Secretariat for Urban Planning and Environmental Protection, Vojvodina) were in a study visit to Romania. The aim was to provide on-spot information exchange on: data collection with regard to waste generation and treatment, reporting obligations, implementation of measures laid down in the waste management plans, recycling/recovery and treatment facilities.

 

The agenda for this study visit started on Monday with a bilateral meeting opened by Mr. Raul Pop –Secretary of State within the Romanian Ministry of Environment, Water and Forest. He showed the strong and weak points of the Romanian waste management system, the lessons learned after the accession date and how Romania overcome the inherent problems of aligning the legislation to the EU standards. 

 

After that, the activity continued with on site visit to REMAT SUD, a company specialised on treatment of end-of-life vehicles, ferrous and non-ferrous waste recycling, as well as plastic recycling. There the delegation observed how the treatment process is going on and a new installation for cable recycling.

 

The next two days were focussed on bilateral meeting with representatives from Buzau Environmental Protection Agency and on site visit to GreenGroup which offers expanding services in recycling industry. The group is formed by 6 recycling companies, as follow:

 

  • Treatment and recycling for electric and electronic equipment waste (WEEE): GreenWEEE International
  • Recycling of used lighting equipment: GreenLamp Reciclare
  • Recycling PET waste and producing PET strap and r-PET: GreenTech
  • Producing recycled polyester fibre: GreenFiber International
  • Recycling glass and producing glass cullet of high purity (min. 99,9%): GreenGlass Recycling
  • Portable batteries waste recycling

 

The event continued on Thursday with a visit and discussions on SETCAR headquarters and their operational site. The company has a permit to perform the following activities: collection of non-hazardous and hazardous waste, treatment and disposal of non-hazardous and hazardous waste, hazardous waste storing, PCB treatment and disposal, mobile unit for chemical de-chlorination of PCB oil from electrical equipment, treatment of contaminated soils in mobile unit for direct thermal desorption, laboratory for chemical substances.

 

On the last day participants saw a project financed through the European structural funds in Pitesti County.  The project aim is to develop an integrated waste management system at the county level, namely investments in collection points, home composting, transfer station, sorting and composting line, regional complying landfill in Albota (closure of non-complying cells and open new cells on the same site) with a leachate treatment installation.

 

To conclude during this study visit the participants from Serbia had the opportunity to see different technologies in terms of recycling, treatment and final disposal of hazardous waste, as well as to discuss with representatives from local and central level. Additionally, an important output is that the beneficiary met the key persons from Romania and established a communication gateway.

 

The agenda, presentations and photos can be downloaded here [PDF, 273KB].

 
The project is funded by the EU.
 
Twinning project implemented by
Ministry of Agriculture and Environmental Protection RS