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Construction material exchange point opens in Latvia

As of Wednesday, October 4, the first exchange point of construction debris, construction materials, and tools has been opened in Latvia in Stopiņi Parish. People may hand over, free of charge, the unneeded remaining construction items, as well as take what is necessary, Latvian Television reported.

Tiles, varnishes, paints, and painting accessories – usually not all are fully used and there are lefrovers. If they are still usable, it is a pity to toss them but there may be no room for them to store at home.

Valērijs Stankevičs, Chairman of CleanR's Board of Directors, pointed out that waste is often not rubbish at all, but can become a resource and material for someone else.

Interior objects, instruments, building materials, construction debris, as well as electrical appliances in working order, which could be useful to others, may be transferred to the waste recycling center “Nomales” in Stopiņi Parish, Brīvnieku Street 11.

It's not mandatory to hand something over to collect something.

The digital platform www.lietovelreiz.lv, which will gather information on all materials left at the exchange point and available to citizens in one place, will begin operations on November 1.

This approach facilitates the introduction of the circular economy into our everyday lives. Such and similar exchange points are needed throughout Latvia, the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development (VARAM) said. Municipalities are also drawing up waste management plans in the regions.

As well as objects, construction debris will be accepted at the exchange point. They will be exchanged for recycled materials such as chips or sieved soil of the same weight.

However, this does not mean that absolutely any debris can be transferred. Chemicals, unknown substances, substances harmful to health and life, empty containers of paint, oil or lacquer, and asbestos are not accepted. 

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