Remediation of outdated pesticides in Moldova (EU)

In Eastern Europe, right between Ukraine and Romania, lies the Republic of Moldova. This country has a self-proclaimed state called Transnistria. The territory has enjoyed independence since 1992, though it is internationally recognized as a part of Moldova. Its government and economy heavily dependent on subsidies from Russia, which maintains a military presence and peacekeeping mission in the territory.
In this Transnistria breakaway state, outdated pesticides from former production plants were stored at 31 sites across this region. An international project was set up to safely repack, transport and dispose this waste.

Given Transnistria's political status, the Moldovan government appointed the OSCE to select a Turn Key Contractor for this project. The OSCE is the Organisation for Security in Central Europe who’s focus it is to promote economic security and support in cross-border trade and free economic zones in such a region. This Contractor was assigned to do the repackaging at the sites and to organize the transport and disposal. Indaver was awarded to process the outdated pesticides by offering sustainable solutions for this type of waste. Since the end of 2019 these outdated pesticides are being transported to and processed at Indaver’s High Temperature Installations (HTI) in Hamburg, Germany. There the waste is safely processed. During this process, energy is recovered and supplied to local households via the heating network of the city of Hamburg. It is estimated that the project will last till September 2020 because of the waste volumes.

This project was challenging for a number of reasons. The political status of Transnistria required extra attention to customs procedures, borders and transfrontier transport, the routes are difficult to access and the poor condition of the sites (no electricity, difficult underground) called for extra measures. Additionally, the composition of the waste containing high levels of Sulphur further and bad weather conditions further complicated the project. Nevertheless Indaver managed to pull it off, together with the implicated local and international companies and authorities.

Pictures (top - down)
1: Repackaging the pesticide waste inside the warehouse
2: Protecting the soil around the warehouse from spills
3: Repumping the pesticides into IBC’s
4: Packing the pesticides into 120 l drums

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