December the 4th, 2023 – The infamous Jakuševec landfill has been in the news for all the wrong reasons again, but not because of environmental ones. A landslide, or should I say rubbish slide, injured three workers this morning.
As Poslovni Dnevnik writes, the police have announced that on the morning of December the 4th at around 06:40 at the Jakuševec landfill in Zagreb, there was a rubbish slide. Three people have been injured as a result. From 07:55 on, Sajmišna cesta (road) from Mičevac to Jakuševec in the west direction has been closed. The area has been secured.
Zagreb Mayor Tomislav Tomašević made a statement to the media regarding this event. “The circumstances surrounding how the Jakuševec landfill landslide occurred and how it is related to the one that happened three or four weeks ago are still being determined. All of the necessary inspections are being carried out on the ground, and now we have to wait for the findings of that investigation.”
As for the previous landslide, he stated that there is no evidence to suggest that there were any irregularities, but he made sure to that some other findings are currently being looked into.
“Such things shouldn’t happen. We will do everything the institutions tell us to do. The key is the safety of workers and of everyone else,” he said.
“Three workers were taken away by an ambulance, one was unfortunately seriously injured. Whoever is responsible for the Jakuševec landfill slide will absolutely be sanctioned. The placing of any additional rubbish here has now been suspended and everything will be done according to what the state institutions say we need to do” said Tomašević, among other things.
“I’m now seeking an urgent meeting with the government in order to determine what can be done to close down the Jakuševec landfill once and for all,” Tomašević added, also noting that the City of Zagreb has ordered the measurement of air quality in and around the Jakuševec landfill, and that it will be carried out by the “Dr. Andrija Štampar” Teaching Institute for Public Health.
Tomašević has since formally closed the landfill.