Pirot, 26 March 2013 – H.E. Ambassador Vincent Degert, Head of the Delegation of the EU to the Republic of Serbia, Ms. Suzana Grubješić, Deputy Prime Minister for European Integration, Ms. Zorana Mihajlovic, PhD, Minister of Energy, Development and Environmental Protection, and Mr. Vladan Vasic, Mayor of Pirot have visited today and commissioned the regional landfill Pirot – one of the largest sanitary regional landfills in Serbia.

Four municipalities of Pirot District (Pirot, Babušnica, Bela Palanka and Dimitrovgrad) signed an Inter-municipal Agreement with the aim to establish a regional solid waste management scheme in the region. The scheme involved the construction of a regional sanitary landfill at the Muntina padina site, close to the main road Nis – Pirot. The Pirot regional landfill was constructed in full compliance with the EU and Serbain standards and legislation. The Inter-municipal Agreement, among other, identified the establishment of the Public Utility Company “Regional Landfill Pirot“ which employed the staff and began operation in january 2013. The waste was first delivered in January 2013. The lifetime of the landfill is 30 years.

The total value of the regional sanitary landfill construction is EUR 11.078.546, and it will be implemented in several phases. The first phase of the project was funded by the Ministry of Energy, Development and Environmental Protection (through former Eco fund), the Municipality of Pirot and the European Union (grants). The next three phases are planned to be partly funded from own resources of the municipalities, and the rest from grants by local and foreign funds.

Existing dumpsites did not have the capacity for further waste disposal and did not include sanitation. For these reasons, the regional landfill construction project defined the following objectives: create conditions for reliable and safe collection and disposal of municipal waste, create conditions for the overall improvement of solid waste management in municipalities, significant improvement of the environment in the region, and removal of existing health hazards in the participating municipalities. The project envisages the construction of a regional landfill for solid waste with the access road and infrastructure, and a Master Plan for the closure of existing dumpsites. New waste collection trucks and containers are in use.

This project allowed the construction of one of the largest regional landfills that will provide environmentally-friendly waste disposal for 92.277 citizens in 4 municipalities, signatories to the Inter-municipal Agreement.