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Integral waste management system in Sălaj county

Organisation: Focus Eko Center Website: Added: September 14, 2022
Project start date: January 01, 2010
Project end date: January 01, 2016


The project was funded from a 2007–2013 Operational Program and the beneficiary was an association created in 2009 that joines all the 61 localities from Sălaj county, called ECODES Sălaj. The objective was to ensure a healthier life for local residents and a more ecological environment, as the country assumed this objective with the joining of the European Union. The center of the integral waste management system is at Dobrin, with a surface of almost 200000 m2 and a capacity of 1100000 m3. It houses the following facilities: ecological deposit, sorting station, mechanical and biological treatment station, purification station. Three transfer stations were built in the county: Crasna, with a surface of 7000 m2 and a capacity of 13900 t/year; Sînmihaiu Almașului, with a surface of 6000 m2 and a capacity of 2600 t/year; Surduc, with a surface of 5990 m2 and a capacity of 3400 t/year. The roads leading to these facilities was also rebuilt in a total length of 6,1 km. The acquisition of trucks, different machines and containers was also done from the OP finance. A strong awareness raising campaign was also held within the local community about the importance of waste management.

Financial data

Total: 31,500,000 EUR from ERDF through POSM (90%) and 10% local budget.


The well invested ERDF fund led to a 50% recycled amount of waste in Sălaj county, one of the best percentages in the country. Generally in Romania only 17% of waste is recycled and 70% end up in garbage dumps. In Sălaj county, thanks to the project, the 4 polluting dumps in use before the project were all closed: Crișeni, Șimleu Silvaniei, Cehu Silvaniei, Jibou. They were closed in a rehabilitated maner. The new waste management system is working from 2016 and is a success story that can inspire other large structural investments.

Information sources

Salaj County website

Other info

European Climate Initiative (EUKI)
This project is part of the European Climate Initiative (EUKI). EUKI is a project financing instrument by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK). The EUKI competition for project ideas is implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH. It is the overarching goal of the EUKI to foster climate cooperation within the European Union (EU) in order to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions.