Saturday, June 11, 2016

Ukraine is sinking in garbage

June 11, 2016 Look at this awful video
showing the biggest scrap heap in Europe located near the village of Grybovychi not far from Lviv. Day by day heavy garbage trucks have been delivering there tons of trash from all Lviv region. There was never any question of any sort of waste recycling. Now this scrap heap is covered with clouds of poisonous smoke that you can see at
It is not still clear whether it was an intentionally set fire or whether the garbage ignited by itself. Two fire fighters were killed by a big landslide caused by the fire and heavy rain. The height of the collapsed garbage hill was about 30 meters. To extinguish the fire local authorities were forced to call for firefighting aircrafts.

But even after this fire is extinguished the problem of waste disposal remains a burning problem in our country. Not long ago a TV program dedicated to the so-called “Swedish recycling revolution” has been broadcast in Ukraine. Many Ukrainians learned that more than 99 percent of all household waste in Sweden is recycled in one way or another. This means that the country has gone through something of a recycling revolution in the last decades, considering that only 38 per cent of household waste was recycled in 1975. Many recycling plants using modern technologies were built across the country. 

Most Ukrainians never knew that Swedes separate all recyclable waste in their homes and deposit it in special containers in their block of flats or drop it off at a recycling station. But most impressive was the fact that Sweden now is not only recycling domestic garbage but is also importing tons of garbage from Norway.