Next year, the sorting of biological waste will be mandatory in Latvia. Some municipalities are already practicing it, elsewhere it is only a thought. As much of bio-waste originates in kitchens, Latvian Radio looked at what is done at municipal institutions, schools and kindergartens, where food is prepared daily in much larger volumes than in households.
In Latvia, as elsewhere in the European Union (EU), it will be mandatory for all municipalities to ensure the sorting of biodegradable waste from next year. LSM.lv contacted Latvia's leading waste management companies to find out what is being done and how Latvian residents will be encouraged to sort the waste.
The volume of municipal waste in Latvia is growing. Last year, one resident of Rīga and Pierīga created an average of 280 kilograms of unsorted municipal waste that ended up in the Getliņi landfill, according to data from Getliņi Eko. To try to reduce the amount of waste, the company unveiled a campaign on Tuesday, Latvian Radio reports.
Exciting news in the mycology world – a species of fungus has been found in Latvia for the first time. In the Slītere National Park, the Irpicodon pendulus or pendent bracket has been found by nature expert Ritvars Rekmais and local resident Pēteris Dambergs, the Nature Conservation Agency (DAP) said Tuesday, November 14.
River Venta has high water levels this autumn, providing favorable conditions for salmon – and for poachers. The municipality of Kuldīga has installed surveillance cameras but poachers have also equipped themselves with thermal cameras and drones that allow them to record the approaching of inspectors, Latvian Radio reported October 31.
The biggest treasure of the city of Alūksne is the lake and castle park, but the lake's abundance of fish is popular among cormorants, while the trees of the park are often visited by beavers. In order to prevent damage, the Alūksne Municipal government is assessing the possibility of allowing hunting in the city, Latvian Radio reported October 18.
Ložmetējlkalns or the "Machine-gun Hill", where the so-called Christmas battles took place during World War I, is a cultural and historic place to protect, however, it has been ravaged by motorcycle riders over several years, reports Latvian television's 4. studija broadcast on October 15.
Twenty-five trees have been toppled or broken down in the storm of October 8 and 9 at the Great Cemetery in Rīga. Experts have concluded that 12 trees are dangerous and about 50 more need assessment, so the Great Cemetery is temporarily closed for visitors, the territory manager Rīga Forests Ltd said October 13.
On foreign trips, let us enjoy exotic plants, take pictures of them, but not take them home, a new European Food Safety Authority campaign calls. This is because with green souvenir -- a beautiful plant -- you can bring different diseases and pests from abroad, Latvian Television reports Sunday, October 8.