Those who live in Kaunas district do not see any point in sorting, because they do not ship cold waste for months

To 15min Virginijus, a resident of Rytų street in Drąseikiai village, applied for an opinion on how the sorted waste carrier Ekonovus works, or more precisely, according to him, does not work.

“The press and television constantly advertise, urging the population to sort waste properly, to protect nature, and the waste carrier is never able to take it out in 3 months. The company’s lies and excuses have already crossed all thresholds. We are at war for the second year. Just a cold, we don’t see their machines in the village anymore.

Only in March last year came to pick up waste. It has disappeared again since the beginning of November this year. Advised to load into bags and place next to the container. But what such a trash can look like, that rubbish is still being stretched by anyone. We try to keep things tidy, my wife even washes the cans before throwing them away, and they deliberately ignore them and don’t take out the waste, ”said Virginijus.

The municipality does not help

Unhappy Virginijus applied to Kaunas District Municipality for the situation, but it turned out that she did not have any “cure” for this problem.

Allegedly, the signed contract does not provide for penalties for improper performance or non-performance of services, so the municipality cannot help the residents, although it is the initiator of this activity (the containers for sorting people were distributed by the eldership).

“After all, we do not pay money for the removal of sorted waste, just as we have nothing to blame, but that would say we will not drive or carry them, do not pull them into containers. No, he always promises to come. There is a schedule. Ekonovus packaging manufacturers pay for the service. This waste carrier apparently picks up the rate of packaging from where it is easier to get there, and it is no longer a hassle to go to us, ”said the resident.

I understand that I would not go once, but when I deliberately do not drive for 3 months …

According to him, excuses why he did not arrive one or the other Friday, he has already heard more than one – the roads are impassable, the car is broken.

“I send pictures to clean those of our roads, drivers give them images of those roads. “Kauno švara” transports household waste – it comes to us every second Thursday. Their machines are the same, but somehow they pass, no problem. I understand that I wouldn’t come once, but when I deliberately don’t drive for 3 months and still lie “in the near future” … “, Virginijus was surprised.

There was nothing left for the brave inhabitants other than to collect sorted waste at home.

Photo by Reader Virginijus / Waste containers for the inhabitants of the village of Drąseikiai

The interlocutor does not rule out the possibility that the sorted waste will soon start to travel to household waste containers.

According to Virginijus, the residents of Drąseikiai village, Ida, Krūmų, Lazdynų streets and Upelio street in Tauralaukis village are tired of pushing full containers every other Friday and hope that they will come to take them out.

Forged slippery road surface

How 15min said Gabrielė Volertė, Ekonovus’ customer service manager, who drives to Drąseikiai every other week according to the set schedule. In total, the company serves 93 containers in this village.

“The next service is scheduled for January 14. There are several streets – East, Bushes, Stream, Hazel, Straight, which are difficult or impossible to service during the winter due to the slippery road surface (attach photo). In all cases, without service, we inform customers that packaging waste can be stored in additional bags, we collect all the additional amount during the next service.

There is a misconception in the society that heavy transport is easier to pass than a car, ”explained G. Volertė.

Photo by UAB Ekonovus / Road in Drąseikiai village

Photo by UAB Ekonovus / Road in Drąseikiai village

According to her, the company pays for the removal services of sorted waste to the manufacturers and importers of packaging.

“(Collected waste – aut. Past.) There are no norms, the full amount collected is paid for,” a representative of Ekonovus denied Virginia’s predictions.

She reassured once again that with good access, residents are always served.

Photo by UAB Ekonovus/Tauralaukio street, through which Ekonovus claims to have access to other streets

Photo by UAB Ekonovus/Tauralaukio street, through which Ekonovus claims to have access to other streets

Looking for a new carrier

15min applied to Kaunas District Municipality. It was asked whether there were any problems with the removal of sorted waste in Kaunas district, whether the municipality had any leverage to oblige Ekonovus to provide a proper and timely packaging waste management service, which is paid for by producers ‘and importers’ organizations.

How 15min According to Jurgita Rakauskaitė, the head of the Environment Department of Kaunas District Municipality, all complaints of the population regarding the improper performance of the service are immediately transferred to the service provider, and the municipality actually receives similar complaints about the activities of the specified company.

“This case has also been handed over to the managers of the specified company,” the municipal representative assured.

The Kaunas District Municipality Administration, in response to the situation and having coordinated the conditions of public procurement with producer and importer organizations (as required by legal acts), has now announced a public procurement for the selection of a new packaging waste manager in the municipality.

At present, 24,780 containers for the collection of packaging waste have been distributed to the residents of Kaunas District Municipality (owners of individual household holdings). There are also 265 sets of general purpose packaging waste collection containers (for collecting glass, paper, plastic).

The new draft contracts provide the service provider with strict conditions for the provision of the service.

“At the end of the public procurement procedures, all residents of Kaunas district will be provided with the missing sorting equipment, as well as additional containers for glass will be distributed to residents.

Please note that the new draft agreements provide the service provider with strict terms of service, which are lacking in the current agreements concluded between the producers ‘and importers’ organizations and Ekonovus, on the basis of which the said company currently provides packaging waste management services in Kaunas district. A strict system of sanctions is provided for improperly provided / non-provided services, and service quality requirements are defined.

After signing the new agreements, we hope to avoid the identified problems and hope that the packaging waste management service will be provided properly and with high quality, ”J. Rakauskaitė hoped.

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