Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Prague's Growing Garbage Woes May Turn Into Fortunes

Prague - Last year 81% of the Czech Republic's municipal waste ended up in Czech disposal facilities. Its disposal under the open skies is nevertheless least ecological and capacity is limited. Each person in the Czech Republic produces more than a kilogram of municipal waste daily. Yearly this amounts to nearly four million tons, of which three-fourths goes directly from the garbage can to the dump. The amount of waste grows yearly, while the capacity of waste disposal facilities shrinks.

The city of Prague will start to have problems with its municipal waste in 2010, when the biggest local waste disposal facility in Dablice will be at full capacity, and garbage will then have to be hauled farther away, possibly ending up in central Bohemia. At present modern technology for incineration of the additional waste is cost-prohibitive, but EU laws and regulations may force a switch to this more ecologically sound method of disposal, which also reduces the final volume of the waste to one-third while actually producing energy.

Planned changes in the legislation governing municipal waste disposal are causing a local boom in the waste management business. Recycling will be most profitable, followed by incineration. Both municipalities and companies want to invest billions of Czech crowns into waste liquidation and use. Companies can also get additional hundreds of millions of Czech crowns from EU funds. (sources: novinky.cz, aktualne.cz)

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