Last year, ecology topics had a prominent place in the titles at eKapija. The year 2021 was marked by incidents which jeopardized the environment, but also by important investments in the improvement of the quality of the environment.
Certainly, one of the most memorable incidents was the Vinca landfill fire. For several days, the smoke from “the least developed landfill in Europe”, as the deputy mayor of Belgrade, Goran Vesic, called it, made Belgrade look like it was encased in it. Citizens complained, and there were dissonant messages in the public as to who actually runs the landfill.The news article about this ecological incident is the most read story on the list of titles having to do with ecology on the eKapija portal in 2021.
While the fire was still being put out, our portal got to exclusive information that the Vinca landfill is supposed to be fully rearranged in three years. According to the previously defined project, in this location, the undeveloped garbage disposal site should be replaced by a green area on 42 hectares with a system for the collection of landfill gas, which would be turned into energy.
The company Beo
Cista Energija, the carrier of this project, revealed the details of the future activities on this important project for eKapija
– About three years from now, the 42 hectares on which the current landfill spreads will become a green area. After the existing landfill is ameliorated and closed, a system for the collection of landfill gas will be installed and used for the production of energy in the facility for the energy-utilization of the landfill gas. The closing of the landfill, along with the construction of the system for the collection of gases, will keep most of the gases which are now emitted into the atmosphere – Beo Cista Energija told eKapija in August.
At the same time, while the institutions and Beo Cista Energija kept transferring the responsibility for the management of the landfill between themselves in the media, the public was presented with the information about the legal vacuum that was present on the site.
– Beo Cista Energija expects the permit for the management of inert and construction waste to be issued any moment now, so that we would, in addition to the permit for managing municipal waste, take over from the PUE Gradska Cistoca the activities toward disposing of this waste at the newly built special landfill or reusing it following the treatment at a special facility for the treatment of construction waste – Beo Cista Energija revealed for eKapija and added that the administrative procedure was related to a parcel not affected by the fire.
After the situation calmed down in the second half of August, aside from announcements of grandiose ecological projects, there have not yet been any concrete details about when the final amelioration of the Vinca landfill is to start.