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Jõelähtme vald
Harjumaa 74222

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Tallinn Landfill

The key concept of last years has been environmental sparing. People have understood that they do not live only for today and that also the coming generations deserve a clean environment.

About 30 years the waste of the City of Tallinn had been transported to a bottomless and temporary landfill in Pääsküla that did not comply with environmental requirements and was immediately closed after the opening of the new landfill in Jõelähtme.

In 1998 Tallinn Landfill Ltd was established in order to solve the waste problem of Tallinn and the neighbouring local municipalities. The objective was to set up the largest and the most modern landfill that would fulfill all the environmental requirements of the European Union.

Tallinn Landfill Ltd built the infrastructure and waste collection areas on the territory of the landfill. The volume of investments for the first phase was 150 million Estonian kroons.

City of Tallinn and the European Union assistance program ISPA supported the project with additional 95 million Estonian kroons, thereby helping with the construction of an access road to the landfill site and a sewage system.

The new landfill will manage the waste of Tallinn and its surroundings for the next 40 years, by the end of which the project will come to an end. The following 20 years will be used for the closing of the landfill, collection of the gas from the landfill and monitoring.

Tallinn Landfill
* Surface area: 67 ha
* Total cost of the project until the end: ca 900 million Estonian kroons
* The service area covers up to 500,000 inhabitants
*It serves Tallinn and neighbouring local municipalities




What kind of a place is a landfill?

A landfill is a place for waste recycling and management, where the waste is stored either on the earth or under it. It may be a waste management site, where the waste producer stores its waste on the place of production or a site that is used for temporary storage during a year or a longer period. Depending on the characteristics of the waste the landfills are divided as follows: landfills for hazardous waste, landfills for municipal waste and landfills for permanent waste. Hazardous waste is a type of waste that may endanger either health or environment, because of its hazardous nature. Municipal waste includes all types of waste that are not hazardous. Waste that is similar by its characteristics and is produced either in households, commercial or service enterprises or elsewhere is called domestic waste. Domestic waste may comprise both municipal and hazardous waste.

Tallinn Landfill has specialised on municipal waste.

Why do we need a landfill that fulfils the EU requirements?

Landfills that fulfill the EU requirements, or environmentally friendly waste recycling and waste management sites, are extremely necessary.

When we store our waste properly, according to the special requirements that are in concordance with the EU legislation, then we will protect our nature and guarantee ourselves a cleaner and healthier environment.