This year, compared to last year, the municipal company Rīga Forests spending on waste removal has increased more than twice, Latvian Radio reported on September 25.
Food and garden waste, when properly recycled, can be used as a secondary raw material. Last spring, a biodegradable waste recycling complex started work in Getlini, which recycles around 80,000 tonnes of biological waste per year. Where is the waste used at the moment, and what can be done with it in the future? Latvian Radio seeked answers on September 23.
As of 2028, farming of animals will be prohibited in Latvia if its sole or main purpose is obtaining fur, according to the amendments to the Animal Protection Law, supported by the Saeima in the final reading on September 22.
In Latvia, it is possible to extract up to 700,000 tonnes of combustible peat every year, thus providing an additional 2 million MWh of energy. Time will tell if this potential resource will be used during the current energy price crisis.
The Housing and Environmental Affairs Committee of Riga City Council on Tuesday, September 13, supported the proposal to gradually move to centralized snow cleaning of sidewalks in Rīga over three years.
“Don't buy extra, come with your own!” – this initiative has been proposed by Liepāja municipality to reduce the use of single-use dishes. The local government has involved more than 20 catering businesses - restaurants and cafes, Latvian Radio reported on September 13.
As the fire hazard season in Latvian forests comes to an end, it is concluded that this year forest fires have affected much smaller areas than last year, the State Forest Service said on September 12.
Invasive freshwater jellyfish Craspedacusta sowerbii has been observed for the first time in a pond in Drabeši parish, Cēsis municipality pond, the Nature Conservation Board (DAP) said September 8.
The monitoring data for 2021 shows that there are around 60-70 bears living in Latvia. In the last three years, there have been signs that bears are also mating in Latvia, mostly in the border area of Estonia, Russia and Belarus, said Latvian State Forest Science researcher Jānis Ozoliņš on Latvian Radio September 1.
On Wednesday, August 31, the remaining fish from the dismantled Soviet Monument pool at Uzvaras Park were removed, which had taken shelter in the sludge. Altogether, a tonne of fish has been removed from the pool, Rīga Zoo representative Ansis Egle told LSM.
Latvia and Estonia have announced a photo contest 'The bear – our neighbor'. The resulting photo exhibition will also take place in both countries in the autumn, Latvian Radio reported on August 31.
Stores will no longer be allowed to offer free plastic bags as of 2025. Shops are preparing for this in a variety of ways: they offer different alternatives, such as paper and reusable bags, and they also charge for thin plastic bags, representatives of supermarket networks told Latvian Radio on August 30.
Water has been drained from the pool near the obelisk of the toppled Soviet Army soldiers monument, LETA reported Sunday, August 29.
As the demolition of the Soviet Victory monument continued in Rīga, Uzvaras park, the dismantling of the central obelisk or pillar was tackled succesfully on Thursday, August 25.
On Tuesday, August 23, the dismantling of the monumental pillar and the sculpture of rampaging Soviet soldiers in Uzvaras Park got under way in earnest, as observed by LETA and Latvian Radio.
On August 18, a new species of a caddisfly (Parasetodes respersellus) was found in Latvia, Olaine municipality, which is the northernmost finding of this species, entomologist Uģis Piterāns told LSM.
The equipping of the monument dismantling area in the territory of Uzvaras Park in Rīga has begun, the Rīga City Council said August 22.
Latvian President Egils Levits participated in the opening of a new Meeting House at the Likteņdārzs garden on the banks of the River Daugava August 18.
In six and a half months, the first 100 million empty drinks packages have been deposited in the refund deposit system, while up to 1.5 million empty packages are deposited daily, representatives of the deposit system operator said August 18.
Latvia may lack mountains of its own, but a new feature at Rīga's zoological gardens will attempt to give visitors the feeling of being high in the Himalayas – though still with plenty of oxygen.
In the near future, a “green waste” landfill will start operating in Daugavpils, where compostables will be taken, Latvian Radio reported on August 15.
As the Covid-19 spread continues and is on the rise after a calmer period, it is particularly important to think about lung health. What are the plants to gather when preparing for the next autumn and winter season?
As of August 9, it will be possible to give away empty drink containers at the Rīga international airport and donate the deposit fee of ten cents to Latvian Fund for Nature for the conservation and recovery of natural meadows in Latvia. The donation process is coordinated by the charity Ziedot.lv, the airport said Tuesday.
The Soviet 'Victory' monument in Uzvaras park is unlikely to be demolished in stages, but toppled as a whole, representatives of Rīga City Council said at a briefing on August 4.
Starting Monday, August 1, all beverage bottles and cans must be labeled with the deposit system label, Latvian Radio reported.
Currently there is a boom in the installation of solar panels in private housing, the Chairman of the electricity transmission network State JSC Sadales tīkls Sandis Jansons said in an interview to Latvian Radio on August 1.
Some of the trees planted as part of the urban improvement project in Aleksandra Čaka Street in Rīga have died, and it is planned to replace them with new ones. The foliage on the sunny side of the street did not withstand the recent heatwave.
Until today, July 25, residents could submit objections to the construction plan for a spent catalytic converter processing plant in Grobiņa.
After repeated inspections, it has been concluded that water on the beach of Lucavsala meets the quality requirements for bathing, the Housing and Environment Department of the Riga City Council said July 22.