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PE Communal Hygiene selected only 0.32% of total waste collected in Skopje in 2021

In 2021, the community hygiene public enterprise (PE) of Skopje, the “Komunalna higiena - Skopje” (PE Communal Hygiene - Skopje) has managed to select and bale 538.8 tons of waste. The total quantity of collected waste last year was 166,678 tons. This means that the PE was able to select a modest 0.32% of the collected waste from the...

After 82 days in office, Mayor Danela Arsovska still hadn’t cleaned all illegal dumps throughout Skopje

The first 82 days since Mayor Danela Arsovska took over the helm of Skopje, the capital of North Macedonia, expired on Friday, the 28th of January, which prompted Meta.mk to check on site whether one of the most important promises that Arsovska gave in her election campaign was fulfilled: cleanup of the illegal dumps throughout Skopje. During her election campaign,...

Last year 11,000 cubic meters of waste collected from illegals dumps in Skopje, 3-4 reports for illegal dumping each day

"Komunalna higiena", the community hygiene public enterprise of the city of Skopje, the capital of North Macedonia, last year collected 11,000 cubic meters of waste from the illegal dumps and other sites. Also, in 2021 their Eco Patrol handed a total of 1,359 Informative-educational Reports to the people and the legal entities that were caught dumping waste illegaly. By average,...

Rusino landfill still pollutes city of Gostivar, its citizens request waste selection and recycling to start [Photo gallery]

Located 10 km from the center of the city of Gostivar, in the west of the Republic of North Macedonia, is one of the largest landfills in the country. One rainy October day, the journalistic team from Meta.mk and Portalb.mk, visited the Rusino landfill and during their brief visit shot shocking scenes. Apart from the tens of dogs and...

Skopje’s Drisla landfill numb about the plant for secondary waste selection and recycling

This year, the Skopje landfill Drisla will receive an autoclave, or a machine for treatment of the medical waste, but also an air quality measurement station. The landfill received €800,000 in an IPA project for the recycling of construction waste. But the projects for secondary waste selection, treatment of industrial waste and the waste sorting and packaging plant, which...

EU is waiting, municipalities in North Macedonia have been deliberating for 7 months who will manage the regional landfill in Sveti Nikole

The construction of the first landfill in North Macedonia where the waste will be deposited and recycled in accordance with the European standards is long overdue. Even though the municipality of Sveti Nikole in February agreed to the establishment of the Public inter regional enterprise for waste management "EKO ISTOK- SEVEROISTOK," (Eco East-Northeast), the 18 municipalities in the Eastern...

The world is banning the plastic bags, while we still discuss if their prices should go up!

While the world is completely banning the single-use plastic and the plastic bags, in North Macedonia there are still debates whether to increase their prices in the supermarkets and if that can help to decrease the waste production. Civic organizations call the municipalities to account and say that even the best laws are in vain if the local self-government...

Municipalities in North Macedonia last year weren’t able to collect over 280,000 tons of communal waste

Macedonian citizens are continuing with the creation of enormous quantities of communal waste, that municipality communal enterprises aren't able to collect and transfer to the landfills. In 2020, the total collected communal waste was 913 033 tons, show the data provided by the State Statistical Office. Compared to 2019, we have created 1% less waste, but far more waste...

Loan of €55.3 million for regional landfills in five regions in North Macedonia

On request of the Ministry of Environment and Physical Planning, at the start of February, the Government of North Macedonia approved the start of the procedure for securing a loan from international financial institutions for implementing regional systems for waste management in the Southeastern, Vardar, Pelagonian, Southeastern and Polog regions. Over €55.3 million will be necessary to start the...

Auditor’s report: Almost no sorting of plastic waste in North Macedonia, recyclers have to import

Illegal waste landfills on every corner, overflowing garbage skips in the towns and cities, record quantities of produced waste on a national level. Despite this condition with the waste in North Macedonia, the plants that recycle the plastic waste must import waste plastic from abroad to provide an efficient production process in the treatment and processing of the plastic...

North Macedonia must adopt waste management laws urgently

To avoid last year's criticism from the European Commission (EC) in its Report for 2021 on North Macedonia's progress, the state authorities will have to accelerate the procedure of passing the waste management laws. The Minister of Environment and Physical Planning Naser Nuredini announced them a month ago, while the Government at its session on the 22nd of December...

North Macedonia produces enormous quantities of waste and has problems collecting it [infographic]

Year after year we are producing more and more communal waste, and almost one-third of the waste we produce loses its trail. According to the evaluations provided by the State Statistical Bureau, 915.943 tons of communal waste was produced last year in North Macedonia. The annual amount of generated communal waste in 2019 was 456 kilograms per person, which...

Still no regional landfills in North Macedonia, European Commission criticizes, Government seeks funds

North Macedonia was again criticized in the Report of the European Commission on the country's progress towards the EU, i.e. that the laws for waste management are still not adopted. Eight regional landfills are planned for North Macedonia, with the intent to overcome the problem with the municipality landfills that do not meet the environmental standards, as well as all...

The Public enterprise and Mountain Rescue Service cleaned the garbage in Kaneo in Ohrid

Ohrid's public enterprise for utility services "Ohridski Komunalec" and the Ohrid Red Cross' Mountain Rescue Service on Sunday morning  carried out a coordinated action of cleaning the rocky and hard to access part of the Kaneo area from the waste left behind by the influx of young people who regularly party until dawn. "We didn't remain indifferent to the waste...

Due to the coronavirus, seven countries have to issue new permits for export of OHIS chemicals

Serbia, Croatia, Slovenia, Austria, Germany, Switzerland, but also North Macedonia, will have to issue new permits for international transportation of hazardous materials to get the chemical deposits in the former OHIS industrial complex exported to Switzerland for incineration. The previous permit for the project "Removal, dislocation, disposal or neutralization of chemical mater” from OHIS Skopje plant expired due to...

Ohrid: “Everyone who litters is a donkey”

May Day celebrations have left the usual image across the Ohrid coastline: fresh waste, plastic bottles, bags, old mattresses, toilet paper, food... This year, with good weather for Easter and 1st of May, it seems as the season began early, the beaches are full of guests and citizens of Ohrid who relax on the mild sun. The fact is that there...

Ohrid Lake threw out huge amount of waste

Huge amount of plastic bottles, paper, reeds and other waste, was picked up by the teams of PE "Ohridski komunalec" in the past two days. It is estimated that Ohrid Lake threw out at least 30 cubic meters of waste from its depths along the town quay, near the port next to the Dutch park. The action involved backhoe, two loading...