From July 1st, 2019, an amended law will come into affect which requires households to separate their waste into 4 different categories. Those who do not separate the waste could face a fine between 1,000 to 2,500 lei (approx €210 – €525).
The mayor of Cluj-Napoca, Emil Boc, stated, “It will be difficult at first, it will be complicated, there will be many people dissatisfied, fines, unfortunately, but this is the way! Cluj must be a model for selective collection because it has a human resource capable of understanding this.”
He added that it’s “Game Over” for placing different types of waste within the same place.
According to Monitorul de Cluj, the city hall has sent more than 50 notifications to the owners’ associations in order to discuss the changes, but only one person was present at the meeting.
The Deputy Mayor of Cluj-Napoca, Dan Tarcea, informed that there will be dedicated vehicles which will collect only specific categories of waste. He further explained that this law affects the entire country and that Cluj-Napoca are going to implement it. If people do not conform to the new requirements, their waste tariffs will increase by 25%, and they will incur fines between 1,000 to 2,500 lei (approx €210 – €525). The fines could even be a lot larger in certain cases.
All household waste deposits will be locked, so that there is no suspicion that someone from another apartment block, deposited waste in someone else’s disposals and the owners’ associations will have keys. If the waste is mixed, then the association will have to pay extra.