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In 2008–2009, the APVA, the agency run by the Lithuanian Ministry for the Environment to manage environmental projects, put out an international tender for a remediation project to clean up 12 waste landfills. In the mid 70s, numerous underground chambers had been built at these locations to store old pesticides. Whilst these chambers had concrete walls, they did not have suitable floors so that large volumes of contaminated earth also had to be removed from the sites. All of the recovered materials had to be processed abroad as there are no facilities in Lithuania able to treat such waste in an eco-friendly way. The project was awarded to REMONDIS SAVA in Brunsbüttel, a fully owned subsidiary of REMONDIS Industrie Service GmbH.
2,000 tonnes of pesticides and 6,215 cubic metres of earth contaminated with pesticides (ca. 10,000 tonnes) were recovered from the 12 sites located throughout the whole of Lithuania. These materials were then packed and partly transported to Germany where they were thermally treated or processed for landfill. The sites in Lithuania were in rural locations in the middle of woods and forests where the road networks are very underdeveloped.
Health and safety plan: All employees working on the project were informed of the risks involved and trained to use the safety equipment and tools
Lithuania/various sites located throughout the country
Period of time
March 2008 – March 2009
Volume & type of waste
2,000 t pesticides, 10,000 t earth contaminated with pesticides
The 'Aplinkos projektu valdymo agentura' or the APVA is the agency responsible for managing environmental projects in Lithuania. Working on behalf of the Lithuanian Ministry for the Environment, it deals with all matters concerning the organisation and implementation of project tenders which involve the environmental sector.