Romania: Air-pollution in Bucharest getting out of control

Romania: Air-pollution in Bucharest getting out of control

The issue of air pollution observed at night in Bucharest, where on Sunday pollutants were measured 10 times higher than the permissible limit, has become a big issue. Research has shown that waste in Bucharest and the Ilfov county is illegally and uncontrollably burned.

Much of the waste arrives from Great Britain in containers – each weighing 20 tonnes – at the Costanta port, from where they are transported to Bucharest and the surrounding areas, according to Environment Minister Costel Alexe. In the past weeks, 25 containers, supposedly containing household items when they were actually containing waste, arrived at the port of Constanta. After the commotion that was caused some inspections commenced, and as a result yesterday 7 containers were returned to Britain. In this country the “disappearance” of one tonne of waste costs 400 pounds, while it only costs 30-40 euros in Romania.

Another way in which some insensitive citizens get rid of waste is by dumping it in the riverbed, as was the case with the Arges River, or by burying it in random places, with the ensuing consequences. /ibna