Environmental situation improves in left-bank Slobozia district thanks to the European Union
28 September 2015

The district of Slobozia on the eastern bank of the Nistru River has solved one of its most pressing problems. With the help of the European Union, waste management services have been modernized here. Unauthorized dump sites are being liquidated, and people can now enjoy modern, punctually offered public services.

The local waste management company is servicing the town of Slobozia and three villages in its vicinity, populated by a total of about 21,000 people.

The project was implemented during February-December 2014 and has already proved its viability. Nearly 110,000 euros was invested to build and outfit the waste collection sites, and to purchase waste containers and two modern garbage trucks.

Sergey Culev, director of the waste management company, says that in six months the project helped the company earn twice as much as it would have under the previous conditions: “The tractors that collected the waste in the past were old, they used great amounts of fuel and would break down a lot. They were always behind their schedules and this led to the appearance of unauthorized dump sites. The new trucks enabled us to cover a larger area. The number of beneficiaries also rose by up to 50%. New jobs were created as well. Before the project we had 20 employees, but now we have 47”.

The people are very pleased about the new conditions. The district is cleaner now, the unauthorized dump sites are disappearing, and the epidemiological situation has improved dramatically: “We got used to the new services and we can't imagine how we lived without them. We had no place where to deposit our waste. There was garbage everywhere. We were constantly afraid of catching a disease. Now we feel more secure. We have a cleaner community”, they say.

A similar solid waste management project has been implemented in Causeni district. Now population from Copanca, Valea Verde, Gradinita, Leontea, and Plop Stiubei villages have access to better services. Implementation of these projects made possible joint meetings of community representatives and local authorities from both banks of the Nistru River with the purpose to intensify collaboration between two sides.

The project to modernize solid waste management services in Slobozia district, on the left bank of the Nistru, was implemented within the framework of the “Support to Confidence Building Measures” Programme, financed by the European Union and implemented by the United Nations Development Programme.

More information on the EU-UNDP `Support to the Confidence Building Measures` Programme is available:

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