Support local governments to remove illegal dumps

Photo: Ministry of Environmental Protection

Solving the problem of illegal landfills in Serbia continues this year as well. With the financial support of the Ministry of Environmental Protection, more than 700 locations will be cleaned this year. Minister Irena Vujović signed agreements with representatives of local self-governments on the allocation of funds for the removal of illegal landfills and land protection projects.

“The line ministry approved funds for the removal of illegal landfills in 34 local self-governments in two public competitions, as well as for land protection projects in 14 cities and municipalities.” This is a significant support to local self-governments for improving the state of the environment and raising the quality of life of citizens, “said Vujović.

As she pointed out, irresponsible and inadequate waste disposal affects air, water and land pollution, and “it is extremely important to raise the awareness of citizens because only together can we fight this great problem and leave future and clean and healthy land to future generations.”

According to her, video surveillance has been installed at several locations that were cleaned in the previous period, and this year, in addition to 80 million dinars intended for the removal of landfills, another 20 million was provided for video surveillance.

She explained that the installation of cameras is important so that we do not get into the situation of cleaning the same locations again, stating that they are connected to the environmental information system “gReact”, which allows the situation in one cleaned location to be monitored in real time.

“Through this system, we will be able to, based on citizens’ applications, more efficiently solve environmental problems and plan budget funds for future projects.” So far, it has been shown that citizens have mostly reported illegal landfills in this way, and that is why we are allocating funds for their removal, “the Minister pointed out.

Vujović stated that this year, in the amount of 100 million dinars, the Ministry will also support projects for the rehabilitation of devastated land on which there were landfills, erosive land or landslides, and after the realization of projects, citizens will receive landscaped areas.

According to her, such projects are of great importance for the environment because they contribute to the protection and preservation of land as a natural resource.

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Source: Energetski portal Srbije by www.energetskiportal.rs.

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