Mayor Publishes Data on Air Quality in Zagreb After Jakuševec Landfill Slide

Katarina Anđelković

Jakuševec landfill
Luka stanzl/PIXSELL

December 5, 2023 – Yesterday, a Holding worker was seriously injured in a landslide on Jakuševec. In addition, after the landslide, many citizens complained that the city smelled worse than usual.

In the neighborhoods in the immediate vicinity of Jakuševac, you can often smell the stench. Yesterday, even citizens from Trešnjevka complained that they smelled an unpleasant smell.

Immediately after the landslide, Tomašević announced air quality measurements, which were carried out on the spot by the Andrija Štampar Educational Institute on mobile devices.

“In addition to the permanent air quality measurement station in Jakuševac, we also requested additional air quality measurements through the mobile station of the Andrija Štampar Institute of Public Health.

The measurements showed that the gases that cause the unpleasant smell, primarily hydrogen sulfide, ammonia, and mercaptans, are present below the limit values. This means that the smell is unpleasant, but not dangerous to health.

Measurements are taken continuously, and the displayed results show the values of the measured mobile devices at 1:00 PM and 7:00 PM on the day of the landslide. We hope that the values will remain below the limit and that the unpleasant smell will gradually decrease”, announced Tomašević.

Jakuševec Residents Angry

After yesterday’s incident, the residents of Jakuševec rebelled, threatening to block roads with tractors. They say that they will first try to reach a peaceful solution, notes Index.

“If that doesn’t work, we will go out with tractors, like our peasants. Aren’t we human? Having to use tractors to defend the delivery of garbage? A disaster could have happened. Not only the stench, the gas that had been accumulating since 1964 could explode,” Marina Murat, a resident of Jakuševec stated for N1.

“We are ready to defend garbage collection here with our lives like we did in 2012. It happened to us, we were born here, and we cannot allow it to continue like this. We have to stop it somehow, even with our lives. It is incredible what the city administration is doing to us, the government, everyone,” she said.

Disgruntled workers and trade unions, on the other hand, say that the workers will not come to Jakuševec and that they will not work until it is established that everything there is completely safe for them and their health.


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