On the much debated bill for the import of urban wastes to Albania

On the much debated bill for the import of urban wastes to Albania

IBNA Op-Ed/”Many countries of the world establish industries for the recycling of wastes, including the very dangerous ones and the radioactive. But they do this once they have met the highest standard of processing their wastes and after they have a competitive advantage on other countries. I don’t think that we have a competitive advantage in the treatment of wastes or particular substances compared to other countries, even countries of the region”

 

By Edmond Haxhinasto

Minister of Transport and Infrastructure

The major scope of a law is to offer the citizens a new standard in the quality of life and we believe that this law does this by guaranteeing a new quality of environment in Albania, especially in preserving it from pollution.

The import of wastes for recycling purposes, by making an integral assessment of the cost with all its elements: economic benefit, public health and employment in the current situation of Albania, results to have a significant impact in terms of cost.

The gravity of this cost cannot be different, only deteriorating, when the situation of the creation, management and treatment of wastes in the country is very problematic.

I would speak with another approach on this bill today if the creation, collection and treatment of wastes in the country would be realized according to the standard that guarantees an acceptable pollution, but I don’t believe that anybody in this hall or outside of it thinks that wastes are treated according to these standards and beyond, the impact of pollution of the wastes in the country has often exceeded the limits.

At the end of the day, this bill will benefit more to the Albanian people than the import of wastes would benefit.

The law is in compliance with the European directive, which requires every country to manage its wastes in order for the wastes to be treated as close to the source as possible.

But I’m sure that the implementation of such directive is not at all against the recycling industry as it would make this industry more interested in the treatment of wastes in the country, it makes it a serious partner of the joint efforts even of this government to treat wastes at the source, to gather and process them by creating an added value, but above all, to achieve a major objective, which is the creation of a new behavior to consumption.

This bill can also be treated in a way as a moratorium. Of course, we are used to moratoriums to stop phenomena that we could not control (I would like to remind that of vessels, which had its negative impacts in the development of tourist industry), but certainly, after the creation of our capacities, the regime of the treatment of wastes can be reevaluated.

Many countries of the world establish industries for the recycling of wastes, including the very dangerous ones and the radioactive. But they do this once they have met the highest standard of processing  their wastes and after they have a competitive advantage on other countries.

I don’t think that we have a competitive advantage in the treatment of wastes or particular substances compared to other countries, even countries of the region. Monitoring capacities of the sector of environment can be urgently installed, there’s certainly a need to develop the recycling industry in the country, but I cannot see this industry being with such dimensions that it would go beyond the capacities and volumes that the country has today.

We cannot allow in the absence of monitoring capacities and high volumes of processing, which exert pressure on law makers, to have our public assets turn into processes of recycling. These industries are now incurring great costs in the recycling of public assets.

We cannot allow this!