1. What is a sanitary landfill?
A sanitary landfill is a collection site for household and industrial waste generated by the population, having its bottom and batters waterproofed so as not to allow pollutants to infiltrate in the soil and underground waters
2. Why Mavrodin Central Landfill, managed by Eco Sud, is different from the other sanitary landfills?
Mavrodin Central Landfill is included in Teleorman integrated waste management program, financed by the European Union. The landfill is executed at the highest operating standards and fitted with cutting-edge sorting and recycling technologies.
3. Which prevention measures are taken by Eco Sud in order to limit the effects produced by the activity within sanitary landfills, effects that may impact upon the local communities in surrounding areas?
In order to minimise the smell generated from waste, Eco Sud takes permanent steps to limit emissions: it holds a complex system designed to burn, in a controlled manner, gases resulted from decomposition; compacted waste is covered with construction materials and earth; the leachate (the liquid, resulting permeate, which may be discharged into natural recipients and no longer emanates smells; the team tasked with managing territorial landfills visits on a monthly basis the land that separates the community from the collection area and assesses the level of the released smell; Eco Sud conducts a monthly monitoring of the emissions generated by the landfill. Concurrently with all these works, shelterbelts are planted each spring and autumn all around the landfills.
4. What alternatives of producing waste-based green energy does Eco Sud provide?
Eco Sud is conducting work for the project of biogas capture and energy recovery plants. These plants would be able to produce electricity from burning the biogas generated by waste. The biogas would be collected, treated and subsequently transported to the gas turbines the generators of which would eventually produce electricity. This electricity which will be produced in the future and considered green energy, shall be provided free of charge by Eco Sud both to schools and hospitals in Craiova and Dolj county, as well as to disadvantaged households. These actions are for Eco Sud a means to bring its contribution at the heart of the communities where it operates and minimise the polluting effects of its activities, by resorting to responsible prevention and environmental health protection measures.
5. Which is the difference between a waste disposal landfill and a waste sorting and recycling one?
Eco Sud manages both sanitary landfills, strictly for the disposal of waste produced by the population, as well as modern waste sorting and recycling landfills. In the disposal ones, the collected waste goes through decomposition, fermentation and compaction processes. In the sorting and recycling landfills collected recyclable waste is brought in, mixed in most cases, to be subsequently sorted by types of recyclable materials and baled, and then distributed by category in order to be recycled. Mavrodin Central Landfill hosts the recycling of plastic, aluminium, paper and cardboard packaging, as well as other plastic and metallic materials.
6. What is waste management?
Waste management represents the complex process of collecting, transporting, disposing of and recycling waste generated by the population and industry.
7. Do the landfills operate in unfavourable weather conditions?
Landfills operate during all seasons, regardless of the weather conditions.
8. Does Eco Sud intend to expand to other regions in Romania, as well?
Eco Sud is a company currently undergoing an expansion process, currently managing the activity of landfills serving the south of Romania (Dolj, Teleorman, Ilfov, Giurgiu)