Municipal Waste Management Challenges: the Current Situation in Lithuania

During the twenty year period of regained Lithuanian independence, Lithuanian society took over the process of European traditions and experiences and attempted to pursue a sustainable social-economic policy. An integral component of this process is development of a municipal solid waste (MSW) management system.

However, it is evident that MSW management is a complex socio-economic-political process, which involves much wider areas than public utilities and environmental protection. Any MSW management system faces various significant challenges, which are also characteristic of many East-European countries, and they deserve a detailed evaluation.

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