Waste collection & management in Romania are topics of intense discussion and debate for policy makers and companies, in the context of ambitious recycling targets and sanctions related in case of non-compliance. Romania and its counties are under increasing pressure to comply with EU regulations on environmental and waste legislation and to implement European directives. Although the EU has offered financing options, only 15 of the 41 counties have managed to implement the 2018 National Waste Management Plan at local level. Romania thus missed the deadline set for 2019, which also applied to the introduction of the “Pay as you throw” principle and the separate collection of at least two fractions of municipal waste.
Many local authorities are overwhelmed by the implementation of laws and municipal and industrial waste management. The Romanian government wants to invest in adequate systems. However, before investments can be made in efficient recycling facilities, considerable progress must be made in waste collection and separation. At the same time, there is a lack of knowledge of possible solutions, as well as the technological equipment and knowledge needed to operate an environmentally friendly recycling management system. Much remains to be recovered in terms of available technologies, including resources and energy efficiency.
The project “Waste Management and Recycling in Romania II – Solution-oriented technology transfer”, carried on by AHK Romania within of the export initiative “Environmental Technologies” of the Federal Ministry of Environment, Climate Protection and Nuclear Safety in Germany complements the project “Waste Management and Recycling in Romania I” in which AHK Romania organized between September 2018 – August 2019 three workshops and a conference to finalize the project in Bucharest.
In order to facilitate the contact between the two groups of stakeholders (companies and authorities), AHK Romania carried out in the second project dedicated to waste management and recycling a national analysis in order to obtain an overview of the needed technologies in the counties of the country. The questionnaire with questions on the technological needs was sent to all 41 county councils. The response rate was 60%.
The results of the analysis were presented both to the decision makers in Romania and to the potential German technology suppliers. The main goal is to facilitate the exchange of experience between German and Romanian specialists and to contribute to the improvement of the current situation in the country through know-how transfer in this field.
The brochure of the project “Waste Management and Recycling in Romania II – Solution-oriented technology transfer” can be downloaded here.
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