A job well worth doing: thanks to REMONDIS, the children in Moldova's schools can no longer come into contact with old chemicals
From 2011 to 2013, REMONDIS Industrie Service worked on a project to recover a total of 107 tonnes of chemicals from around 1,000 secondary schools in and around Moldova's capital, Chișinău. The recovered chemicals were packed in 30-litre drums with lock rings or in special boxes and then transported away by truck. The chemicals were sent to the hazardous waste incineration plant, REMONDIS SAVA, in Brunsbüttel, a fully owned subsidiary of REMONDIS Industrie Service.
Approved containers – all of the packaging used to transport the materials had UN approval and had to be procured by REMONDIS SAVA and then taken to Moldova
Moldova is a land-locked country in south-east Europe. It has a border with Romania in the west and is surrounded by the Ukraine to the north, east and south. The country has just under 4 million inhabitants who are becoming increasingly aware of the need to protect their environment
There was a REMONDIS SAVA project manager on site at all times. REMONDIS SAVA hired four Moldovan nationals to support him, including two female employees trained in chemicals and two drivers. Three small trucks were acquired specifically for this project to collect and transport the materials.
The first stage of the project was to collect the chemicals from the capital city. Each day, the team travelled to one school where the hazardous waste was inspected, listed, sorted and packed. At the moment, there is one secondary school in each district acting as a central waste collection point for all the neighbouring schools. The volumes being collected from the schools differ greatly: from between 1 and 5 kilograms to, in some cases, between 2 and 4 tonnes.
The project was financed by Moldova: a national implementation project, sustainable POPs management PMT, Ministry of Environment