The main priorities can be found on the Ministry of the Environment and Water’s website (http://www.moew.government.bg/index_e.html). A fundamentally new approach is needed to replace the conservation of the environmental status quo with environmental enhancement; short and long-term plans are needed to that effect.
Concerning landfill, biodegradable waste creates serious environmental problems; once landfilled, the biodegradable fraction decomposes and forms compounds, such as methane (a flammable greenhouse gas), which are harmful to the environment. The Ministry of the Environment and Water has prepared a draft strategy to reduce the amount of municipal biodegradable waste going to landfill (http://www.moew.government.bg/index_e.html). The implementation of the strategy requires action from everyone. In the section ‘Measures for the reduction of paper and cardboard packaging’ of the strategy, the share of separately collected paper and cardboard packaging is expected to increase as follows:
|Separate collection of paper and cardboard packaging||tonne/y||136006||136845||137265||138092||142435|
|Recycling of paper and cardboard packaging||tonne/y||0 %||30 %||50 %||65 %||90 %|