Over 1,800 waste sorting bins to be installed at more than 500 Czech railway stations this year

07.05.2015

Prague, 7 May 2015 – Sorting waste not only in every community but newly also at 508 railway stations throughout the Czech Republic, providing work to the disabled and introducing the purpose and usefulness of European funding to the public – that is basically the project having been presented today by Mr. Richard Brabec, Czech Minister of the Environment, and being financed from European funds, namely the Operational Programme Environment 2007–2013. 1,865 bins for sorting paper, plastic, glass, metals and municipal solid waste will be installed during this year by a sheltered workshop which employs disabled persons by more than 50% within a common project of the Ministry of the Environment, the Czech National Disability Council, Czech Railways and the Czech Railway Infrastructure Administration.

”We were able to implement this project together with our partners among others due to the fact that my team at the Ministry and the State Environmental Fund managed to save 13 billion Czech crowns from European funds in the last year after setting a crisis management so that we were not obliged to return this sum to Brussels. Therefore I am glad that we were able to find 24.6 million Czech crowns for this useful project that will not only provide work to disabled persons but will also contribute to a waste sorting improvement in a considerable way. This is good news mainly for the public which will be finally able to sort waste while travelling by train as well. Besides that, an information panel will be installed on each bin to remind the results of the projects’ implementation within the Operational Programme Environment 2007 – 2013 in the Czech Republic and to introduce the new Operational Programme Environment 2014 – 2020,“ says Minister Brabec.

The project was prepared by the Ministry in cooperation with the Czech National Disability Council. ”This is why one of the project implementation’s conditions for the production and distribution of the bins was that the winning company would employ disabled persons by more than 50%. For these people it means work till the end of October 2015 when the installation should be complete“, explains Mr. Václav Krása, Chairman of the Czech National Disability Council.

1,855 boxes for sorting waste will be managed by Czech Railways and the Railway Infrastructure Administration, 10 bins will be placed in the building of the Ministry of Environment. This is contained in the Memorandum of Cooperation on the project which was signed by Minister Richard Brabec, Mr. Václav Krása, Mr. Pavel Surý, Director General of the Railway Infrastructure Administration and Mr. Ludvík Urban, Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors of Czech Railways today. The Memorandum sets conditions for using bins by Czech Railways and the Railway Infrastructure Administration to ensure the functioning, maintenance and servicing of the sorted waste bins as well as due waste sorting and its dump for further use.  

”We are pleased that thanks to this partnership, we are able to install quite solid boxes on our platforms which should resist attacks of any possible vandals as well as time wear; besides, they have a common design which passengers will get easily accustomed to. I firmly believe this will also contribute to a larger amount of sorted waste“, says Mr. Pavel Surý, Director General of the Railway Infrastructure Administration.

 ”Only at Prague Main Station, 85 tonnes of unsorted municipal solid waste per year are being collected from which 58 tonnes consist of waste produced directly by passengers at the station. If we sum this for 508 railway stations where the boxes will be gradually installed it concerns hundreds of tonnes of waste that passengers will be now able to sort by themselves” explains Mr. Ludvík Urban, Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors of Czech Railways and adds that the bins are going to be installed at railway stations where more than 300 passengers are travelling per day.

The sheltered workshop GERLICH ODRY, s. r. o. which acquired the public order in a tender thanks to the lowest price offer started producing and installing the bins in mid-April. ”For our company, this is practically the biggest order in our history. Thanks to this project, 10 disabled persons acquired paid work for more than six months. Boxes have already been installed at some railway stations in the Moravia-Silesia Region, namely 60 bins installed in the cities of Odry, Bělotín, Nový Jičín, Příbor, Frýdek-Místek, Frenštát pod Radhoštěm, Kopřivnice, Veřovice, Ostrava Main Station and Suchdol nad Odrou as well as at Prague Main Station,“ says Mr. Zdenek Mateiciuc, Company Executive.

Contacts for media:

 

Mgr. Jana Taušová

Deputy Spokesperson

Ministry of Environment

of the Czech Republic

Cell phone: +420 739 242 379
Phone: +420 267 122 944
Email: jana.tausova@mzp.cz  

 

Mgr. Pavel Hříbek

Project Implementer

for the Ministry of Environment

of the Czech Republic

Cell phone: +420 777 809 033

Email: pavel.hribek@evropskyinstitut.com

 

Mgr. Jakub Ptačinský

Spokesman

Railway Infrastructure Administration

Cell phone: +420 722 177 052

Phone: +420 972 235 779

Email: ptacinsky@szdc.cz

 

Mgr. Petr Šťáhlavský

Spokesman

Czech Railways

Phone: +420 972 232 299

hotline ČD Press Department

for exceptional situations: +420 724 977 822,

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