Romania is in a serious situation as regards the waste management, considering that the recycling rate is no more than 5 percent, the Environment Ministry shows.
“Our main objective is to take care of the health of the population, the environment we live in and the resources we have. All of these factors lead us to one single thought – that we have to recycle and the recycling industry in Romania needs to flourish. The priorities of the Environmental Ministry have to be the priorities for all of us,” Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Environment Gratiela Gavrilescu told during specialist forum on Tuesday.
According to her, the Environment Ministry will develop a clear waste collection procedure. Most of the waste storage facilities in Romania are noncompliant and that is why there is an infringement case opened against Romania at the European Court of Justice.
„If we cannot now close these noncompliant municipal stages, we will have a budget footprint on each of the citizen’s pockets,” Gavrilescu said.
She added that with the solving of environmental problems and the implementation of the European project called “Circular Economy,” Romania will also solve another social problem by creating new jobs.
“The European Commission has launched the Circular Economy Strategy. We solve a social problem as well by dealing with our problems. I can say that 10,000 tonnes of waste dumped at the landfills means six new jobs, and 10,000 tonnes of recycled waste means 16 new jobs. If by 2030 we manage to implement the Circular Economy Staregy, we will be able to create 180,000 new jobs,” said Gavrilescu.
On April 27, 2017, the European Commission was taking Romania to the Court of Justice of the EU for failing to review and adopt its national waste management plan and waste prevention programme, in line with the objectives of EU Waste Framework Directive (Directive 2008/98/EC) and the circular economy.
In turn, Iulian Iancu, President of the Committee for Industries of the Chamber of Deputies, stated that Romania is not ready to implement the circular economy.
„We are in a situation in which we do not recycle, we are poor and we use resources inefficiently,” Iancu noted.