After making several revisions, the Riga City Council on Friday night, November 29, approved new waste management regulations in the city.
The City Council had initially approved controversial waste management regulations on October 30, but the Environmental Protection and Regional Development Ministry did not approve these regulations and recommended 43 changes to these regulations. The regulations approved last night will also have to be approved by the ministry. Evija Pinke, head of the Housing and Environment Department of the Riga City Council, told LETA that the city council has taken into account 22 of the ministry's recommendations in full, five partially, but 16 have not been observed.
Pinke said that a new procurement for waste management services will be declared and the one declared earlier this month will be terminated. If the government extends the state of emergency in waste management in the city until March 12, as is expected, the city council will have three months to select the new waste management service providers. According to law, further extensions will not be possible.