On 21 April 2015 a project agreement was signed between Republic of Bulgaria and Swiss Confederation.
The project activities include:
- Design, construction and field supervision of 5 pilot municipal centers;
- Construction supervision;
- Delivery of on-site equipment;
- Delivery of vehicles (mobile collection points);
- Final treatment (recovery or disposal) of household hazardous waste;
- Initial and recurrent personnel training on the handling of household hazardous waste;
- Information reporting system of HHW;
- National and Local Public awareness and publicity campaign;
- External audit by a certified audit organization;
- Determination of the morphological composition of municipal waste in Bulgaria;
- Development of ToR -electronic system under Regulation (EC) No. 1013/2006;
- Development of a guide for the management of bulky waste as part of household waste stream;
- HHW collection centres will be constructed in Shumen, Razgrad, Levski, Saedinenie, Sozopol. HHW mobile collection points will be operational in Veliki Preslav, Smyadovo, Kaspichan, Hitrino, Loznitsa, Samuil, Isperih, Zavet, Tsar Kaloyan, Pordim, Nikopol, Belene, Maritsa, Kaloyanovo, Hisarya, Primorsko, Tsarevo;
- The experience and know-how gained through the project’s implementation result in the successful replication of the pilot systems for separate collection and environmentally sound disposal of HHW in other municipalities in Bulgaria thus improving environmental protection and reducing economic and social disparities between Bulgaria and the other European countries;
- Relevant guidelines and instructions for the Bulgarian municipalities take into account the lessons learned within this project;
- The population (about 360,000) of the pilot municipalities (22) is involved in the separate collection of hazardous municipal waste;
- Contribution to Waste Management Policies (definition of the morphological composition of municipal waste in Bulgaria, preparation of a task for the creation of an electronic system related to the implementation of Regulation (EC) No 1013/2006 on shipments of waste, elaboration of a manual for management on bulky of HHW).
360'000 people in over 150 settlements in 22 Bulgarian municipalities will be covered by a new service - separate collection of hazardous household waste. Mercury thermometers, medicaments, and varnishes, paints and varnishes will be delivered free of charge to newly built centers or mobile stations.
For the first time on the territory of all 266 municipalities in the country, a complete survey of the generated household waste is carried out. By the end of 2019 there will be known the quantities and the morphological composition of the domestic waste in the country.
While responsibility for waste management is almost entirely at municipal level, the level of responsibility of national authorities for waste management is still quite low. This situation led to the opening of criminal proceedings by the EC against Bulgaria for non-compliance in the field of waste management. Dangerous household waste accounts for only 1% of all household waste. They are a risky area due to environmental and health risks. At present, in many cases, hazardous household waste is disposed of along with the general household waste stream, and it is of paramount importance to develop and implement measures to reduce the flow of hazardous municipal waste to landfills. That is why the testing of the "Pilot models for environmentally sound collection and temporary storage of hazardous municipal waste" in the 22 pilot municipalities is identified by the Bulgarian government as a major priority in the field of waste management.
Enterprise for management of the Environment protection Activities (EMEPA)
Reneta Koleva – Executive Director/ Project Leader
Tel. 02/940 62 51
Viktoria Belokonska – project Coordinator
Tel. 02/940 61 62