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Inspection by road agency finds 120 unregulated landfills under bridges

Inspection by road agency finds 120 unregulated landfills under bridges

28 August 2019 | 14:00 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. An inspection of over 3,800 facilities of the national road network found unregulated landfills under bridges of 120 facilities, Chairman of the Board of the Road Infrastructure Agency (RIA) Georgi Terziyski said at a press briefing, said a Focus News Agency reporter. The reason for the inspection was the fire at the landfill near Dupnitsa, which compromised some of the columns on the Struma Motorway bridge. In most cases the inspectors identified household waste and car tyres, but in some of the cases the space was used for hay storage or as animal enclosure. RIA has started clearing the waste at their own expense. "As early as Monday, I ordered an estimation of the funds we would need to clear up," Terziyski noted. In his words, the violators will be fined, with fines from BGN 200 to 500 for individuals, and from BGN 1,000 to 3,000 for legal persons. He urged citizens not to dump waste onto these spaces as environmental protection depends not only on the institutions but on each one of us. He further said that at least half a million leva would be needed to clear up these landfill. Waste in the easement area can cause fires, and also floods as it prevents water from draining, he explained.

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