To reduce the disposed amount of bio-waste (BW) by 2020 is the issue of vital importance for the Baltic States (BS). The authors analyse the differences in waste management (WM) in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. The environmental impact assessment and variety of factors favouring or hindering the diversion of biodegradable municipal waste (BMW) from landfill show that to improve national WM strategies effective legislative and economic instruments are needed. The results evidence that BS – though having similar economic and historical background – have different WM systems, defined mostly by political ability and efficiency. Comparison of measures taken in each country shows possible solutions for improvement of the national WM systems.
- waste management