Lithuania still needs progress in waste management

DELFI / Šarūnas Mažeika

Environment Minister Kęstutis Trečiokas has said the country needs to develop its waste sorting infrastructure, increase waste recycling rates and reduce the share of waste ending up in landfills.

Currently, Lithuania only recycles 21% of all waste, 7% is burnt and just a little more than 8% is composted. More than 60% of household-generated waste is still disposed of in landfills, while in Slovenia, almost the same percentage of waste is turned into useful secondary raw material, and in Norway, an energy source.

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Daiva Skrupskelienė, executive director at Ecoservice, said: “Landfilling should be the last resort option when for waste that cannot be recycled or used for fuel. In Lithuania, the practice of waste use still needs to gain momentum and it will take time for the system to become fully operational.”

Estonia leads the Baltic countries in terms of waste management, recycling as much as 65% of its waste as energy source and dumping only 16% in landfills. In Latvia, by contrast, 83% of waste still gets buried in landfills.

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