Period: September 2018 – December 2019
Client: Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs SECO
Involved TAUW Consultants
Guido van de Coterlet
Marius von der Weppen
Through its enlargement contribution, Switzerland is helping to reduce the economic and social disparities within the EU and is thus contributing autonomously to the costs of EU enlargement in the spirit of solidarity. Within the compass of this, Switzerland provided 76 million Swiss francs to Bulgaria over the period 2009-2019 for projects in several areas, including environmental protection.
The project “Environmental Sound Disposal of Obsolete Pesticides and other Crop Protection Products” included the following activities:
TAUW supported and supervised the entire process from initial inventory of hazardous waste to the restoration of the warehouses, including, but not limited to, the following activities:
SECO had contracted TAUW bv, through its overall technical support partner Neosys AG, to provide support to SECO itself, as well to the Bulgarian authorities implementing this project. The project was successfully completed within the agreed budgets and within the agreed time frame.
During the operation more than 3,500 tons of hazardous waste was repacked and shipped to appropriate facilities for destruction across the EU. These hazardous wastes included:
TAUW ensured that process was always completed in a safe, environmentally sound manner. Aside from the successful destruction of Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) and obsolete pesticides, TAUW shared knowledge on the environmentally sound management of hazardous waste for over 30 supervisors, Bulgarian authorities, and contractors.