Gorenje-Aparati za domacinstvo (Household Appliances) has informed the city authorities that it intends to build a recycling center for electronic and electric waste in Valjevo. The response of the local self-government reads that the city of Valjevo is very interested in implementation of this project “under the conditions prescribed by the state regulations in force and the decisions of the local self-government, and with the application of standards that ensure complete protection of working and living environment”.
The City Administration has received the Letter of Intent. Gorenje should also submit the information on the investment, projected capacities, technology, estimate of the influence on the environment… People in the local self-government find Gorenje’s intention to create hundred new jobs as an important stimulus for the development of the economy in this region.
– The city is ready to help this important investor. It is proposed that the recycling center be built in the location of the transfer station in the future industrial zone on the city outskirts, between the Kolubara river and M-4 main route – says Svetlana Markovic, the Head of the Department for Information and Protocol of Valjevo.
Gorenje is interested in recycling because, at this moment, it pays higher ecological tax to Serbia than any other company (about 5 million euros per year). By opening the recycling center, it will create the condition to get back the funds it sets aside for the ecological tax and create new jobs – says Sinisa Mitrovic, the Adviser to the President of the Serbian Chamber of Commerce.
– It would include all private landfills and public utility companies in the region of Valjevo in its system. That would make it possible for the citizens of Valjevo and the Kolubara region to stop throwing away their used appliances and polluting the environment. Instead, they would be able to bring them to the recycling center and be paid for doing that.
Recycling centers in Serbia currently exist in Belgrade, Nis, Pancevo and on Fruska Gora. During this month, the state should adopt the Regulations on electric and electronic equipment that becomes waste after the use. According to that document, the industry will have an obligation to return 2 kg of electric and electronic waste per capita prior to 2015.
– Valjevo should take the opportunity offered by Gorenje. The center where old and used electric and electronic appliances would be disassembled would employ 80 workers – says Mitrovic.