The Serbian Association of Recyclers said on Tuesday that the government owes some 1.7 billion Dinars (1 Euro – 118 Dinars) for the treatment of hazardous waste in 2016 and 2017.
A statement said that the 2019 budget law allocated a third less funds than what the recycling industry requested to cover the cost of disposing of 83,000 tons of waste in 2018.
“That means that the treatment of more than 27 million kilograms of hazardous waste will not be paid while the amount of eco tax collected from polluters is growing every year. The budget got 11 billion Dinars from that tax in 2018,” the association told the Beta news agency.
The Association said that 80 percent of communal waste in Serbia ends up in garbage dumps while the rest is left in 3,500 illegal dumps, adding that less than five percent of collected waste is recycled.
The recycling industry currently employs some 15,000 people.
Also on Tuesday, Belgrade’s Deputy Mayor Goran Vesic went to see the newly-installed underground recycling containers in the Mirijevo suburb. He said that the city has 400 container for the collection of waste for recycling.