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Integrated waste management system in cluj county

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The overall objective of the project is to support the preparation of a sound project pipeline in Cluj County for an integrated municipal solid waste management system, to be funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). The project will be developed in Cluj County, which is located in the North-Western Region of Romania, and its time horizon is 30 years. ‘Integrated Waste Management System in Cluj County’, as its name clearly states, is an integrated project, which encompasses the entire territory of the County of Cluj and includes the following facilities:

  • The Integrated Waste Management Centre in Cluj-Napoca, which contains a technical area, with a mechanical-biological treatment facility and a sorting facility, a storage area for waste and an area for further development;
  • three transfer stations in the city of Gherla, the town of Huedin and Mihai Viteazu commune, where the waste is compacted, transfered into large capacity trucks and transported to the Integrated Waste Management Centre. The project also includes the closure and cleaning of the existent non-compliant urban dumpsites in the cities of Cluj-Napoca (Pata Rât site), Turda, Câmpia Turzii, Gherla, Dej and the town of Huedin.

The proposed project seeks to resolve the significant environmental and operational problems related to waste generation and management, and to develop an integrated waste management system in Cluj County that will improve the living conditions of its citizens and support Romania in achieving the waste management targets imposed by the Accession Treaty. The system will be in full compliance with EU and national environmental principles and legislation and will address all elements of waste management, namely from waste prevention and waste collection to disposal of residues. The proposed system is tailored to the needs of the county and it was identified as being the most cost-effective and affordable for the citizens.

The specific goals that the proposed system seeks to achieve include: The prevention of the waste generation via the promotion of homecomposting and raising of public awareness; The increase of the connection rate to sanitation services in rural areas to reach 100% from the 92% that it is today; The compliance with landfill and packaging Directives, the IPPC Directive, the waste framework Directive, the WEEE Directives and respective Romanian legislation, via the implementation of selective collection and the construction and operation of a sorting plant and a biodegradable waste treatment plant; The overall reduction of waste disposal into the landfill; The protection of the environment and public health via the construction and operation of a compliant landfill and the closure of the existing non-compliant landfills; The strengthening of the capacities of Cluj County in relation to waste management, as well as, to the implementation and monitoring of waste management work; Raising the awareness of the citizens in relation to the benefits derived from the project implementation, as well as, how they should change their habits in relation to waste collection and management.

Award info
Award category: going green
Award type: submission
Award year: 2011
Project type
Sector: Environment, climate change, agriculture (incl. food safety) and fishery
Type of activity:
Keywords: Waste management, waste collection, biological treatment, recycling
Short English description: The overall objective of the project is to support the preparation of a sound project pipeline in Cluj County for an integrated municipal solid waste management system, to be funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).
Further information
Organisation: Cluj County Council
Other applicants:
Homepage: http://www.cjcluj.ro/managementuldeseurilor
Level of government: local level
Size of organisation: >100
Number of people involved: 6-10
Country: Romania
EU membership: EU member
Language code: en
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