Picking up roadside trash costs Latvia half a million per year

Cleaning of roadsides costs the state around half a million euros each year, road maintenance company Latvijas Autoceļu Uzturētājs (LAU) representative told Latvian Radio August 26.

One of the reasons for the high cost is the volume of municipal and construction waste left in roadside containers, when the containers on the roadside are meant only for small waste.

Sigita Paula, representative of the LAU, said that the volume of waste has remained stable for a long time, preventing the money invested from being channelled to more efficient road maintenance jobs. In addition to food packages tossed by drivers, mounds of household waste are forming in places where containers are located on the roadside.

As an example, Paula mentioned a parking lot Peši on the Liepāja-Rucava road. The garbage is collected every two weeks but it is always filling up quickly. Edgars Bertrams, executive director of the municipality of Rucava, believes that households which do not have a waste management contract are bringing their trash to the roadside container. The scene is similar in many places throughout Latvia, especially in neighborhoods of summer cottages.

The LAU recalled that roadside containers are intended only for road users and small waste produced on the road, and that it is required to have a contract for waste management at every household which produces waste.

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