The Trash Time Bomb in Porto Romano

The Trash Time Bomb in Porto Romano

“The most urgent environmental concern in the Municipality of Durrës is the deposit and treatment of solid waste. The deposit of Porto Romano has been turned into a time bomb. In this context the solution of a new deposit for the solid waste is urgent and strategic,” concluded the Municipality of Durrës and the Institute for Cooperation and Development […]

Waste Management, Government Failure, and Windfalls for Suspicious Businesses

Waste Management, Government Failure, and Windfalls for Suspicious Businesses

A successful failure In April 2009, Albania submitted its official request to join the European Union. The European Commission accepted the request and sent experts to support Albania’s integration efforts. Among them was a group of experts that would design country’s waste management strategy. The assignment was completed in a few months. The new strategy […]

AKIP to Rama: Don’t Pass Waste Management Law

AKIP to Rama: Don’t Pass Waste Management Law

Immediately after the publication of the parliamentary agenda for the next three weeks, which includes a discussion of the controversial waste management law, the Allianca against the Import of Waste (AKIP) has asked Prime Minister Edi Rama to “co-govern” with the 90% of Albanians who are against this law. Since 2013, AKIP has opposed legal […]

Rama’s Waste Management Law Is Back from the Dead

Rama’s Waste Management Law Is Back from the Dead

As Exit already predicted before the elections, the parliamentary agenda for the coming month includes the discussion of the decree of former President Nishani to send back the waste management law to Parliament. The changed waste management law was improved in Parliament on September 22, 2016 by votes of the PS and LSI, after which then […]

Shijak Inhabitants Protest against Waste Processing Plant

Shijak Inhabitants Protest against Waste Processing Plant

Around 300 inhabitants from Shijak protested today against the construction of a waste processing plant for hospital waste and the remains of humans and infected animals. They claim that they have not been asked about this project, which produces toxic pollution that affects the area. The company this has acquired the right to manage the plant is called […]

Rama’s Second First Act

Rama’s Second First Act

Prime Minister Edi Rama announced on Twitter that the first act of his new government will be declaring 2018 “Skënderbeg Year.” The year 2018 will mark the 550th anniversary of the Albanian national hero’s death. It is not yet known what this “Skënderbeg Year” will mean in terms of actual policy, except for an excuse to […]

Who Is Paying for Tirana’s Waste? – Exit Explains

Who Is Paying for Tirana’s Waste? – Exit Explains

Recently, the Dutch postbox company Integrated Energy BV became the only candidate and winner of a tender to build a waste incinerator in Tirana and provide a host of other services, including the construction and managements of new landfills and water filtration plant, under the project name Tirana Waste Treatment Areas (TWTA). According to the report accompanying […]

Dutch Postbox Company Receives Landfill Concession

Dutch Postbox Company Receives Landfill Concession

The waste incinerator in Tirana will be built and managed for 30 years by Integrated Energy BV, a dubious postbox company registered in the Netherlands. According to the Ministry of Environment, the contracting authority, Integrated Energy was the only company that took part in the tender, making an offer of around €128 million. The tender […]

Albania is Drowning in its Garbage

Meanwhile, old waste management practices are burning millions of euros.

Albania is Drowning in its Garbage

Just 15 km outside Tirana, Albania’s capital city, more than 3 thousand families are surrounded by flames. It is a hot summer with high temperatures, but the cause of the fires are unusual: giant piles of trash are burningon in an open field called Argjenature. This is the way the Municipality of Kamza treats its […]

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