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The Ministry of Environment and Physical Planning of North Macedonia explained for Meta.mk that the tender procedure for the selection of a company that will be building the regional landfill and the six waste transfer stations in the Eastern and the Northeastern Planning region in North Macedonia has already started. This regional landfill, where 65% of the whole waste collected in the 18 municipalities from both regions will be processed, will become the first waste plant in the country.

The selection of a company that will implement the regional system for waste management should be finished no later than by the end of this year and in 2022 the construction works are expected to start on the location of the village of Mechkuevci, in the municipality of Sveti Nikole. The tender procedure is that the contractor must build the regional landfill in two years, informed the Ministry of Environment and Physical Planning.

The project for waste management in both regions will be financed with money from the European Union in the amount of 40 million EUR. All municipalities, including Sveti Nikole, have already agreed to form a public inter-regional enterprise for waste management, that has been registered by the Central Registry.

The regional system for waste management plans the building of polygons for waste treatment at a central location in Mechkuevci, which denotes mechanical pre-treatment with shredding the waste, processing the non-ferrous metals and screening, wet fraction composting, refining and maturation. A special plant will be used for sorting paper, plastic, glass, and metal waste, where the material’s recycling would be performed. A smaller plant for composting garden waste would also be built on this location. Only the type of waste that cannot be recycled is planned to be transferred at the future regional landfill that will be able to serve around 370.000 people and would have a total capacity of processing 900.000 square meters of waste.

Six other important points in both regions will be the waste transfer stations in Berovo, Makedonska Kamenica, Kochani, Shtip, Rankovce, and Kumanovo. Apart from being used for waste transfer that will be transferred to Mechkuevci, these locations will have plants for composting garden waste, and the six locations will collect mixed and separate waste such as construction waste, metal objects, dangerous communal waste (paints, medications, cleaning products) and bulky waste (mattresses, furniture, carpets, etc).