Split Mayor on Karepovac: In 1.5 Years We’ll Have a New Marjan

Daniela Rogulj

A look at what has been done so far. 

This morning, contractor Arsen Zoran Tonsić, in the company of Split mayor Andro Krstulović-Opara, and Director of Čistoća Miroslav Delić, led journalists through Karepovac to give them a first-hand look at the progress made at the landfill thus far, reports Dalmacija Danas on September 18, 2018. 

We recall, the rehabilitation of Karepovec began on November 22, 2017, and the official deadline for the project to be completed is 30 months.

“The first phase is done and we are beginning with the second. At this pace, and if the weather helps, the landfill will be rehabilitated very soon. Today, 10 months have passed and we have done more than 50 percent of the rehabilitation work, which confirms that we are ahead of the agreed dynamics. The situation at the landfill was not at all shining, as I have repeatedly talked about, and the landfill capacity was almost exhausted. The real challenge for us was to prepare a space for receiving fresh waste and at the same time, excavate old waste, but the good organization and collaboration with Čistoća enabled us to bring the landfill into a state of complete paralysis,” said Tonsić, adding that he does not want to promise anything because weather conditions will determine whether they can continue at this speed, so that next summer the work should be completed.


Tonsić also mentioned what works are currently being carried out at Karepovec.

“We are currently working on the construction of a perimeter embankment where more than 80 percent of the works have been carried out, then concrete channels for rainwater around the entire landfill, wastewater basins, reinforcement of landfills for new waste and the construction of a dam that serves as a buffer zone,” Tonsić said.

Around one million cubic meters of waste have been moved thus far and Tonsić said that there should no longer be any unpleasant smells. The complete southern and a large part of the northern side of the landfill has been completed, while the western part will form the new waste coming through the rehabilitation.

“Remember in February when people wanted to stop the work? If we stopped, where would we be today? Sometimes you need to clench your teeth a bit and be determined and with that determination come to a point that is transversal, and when you have that point you have a guarantee of success. This is a healthy area, there will no longer be any gas emissions or wastewater from it. The sea and the coast will be healthy, as well as the surrounding olive groves and fields, and I hope that in a year, the citizens will have a green surface that will remind them of the new Marjan,” said Krstulović-Opara, announcing that they will begin with the greening in one and a half days.


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