Perhaps the most famous landfill in Croatia, Karepovac is well on its way to a much-needed makeover.
Over the past month, the rehabilitation of the ‘ecological bomb’ in the city of Split – a burden some of you may know better as the Karepovac landfill – has been underway.
Officially, the rehabilitation began on November 22, 2017, and the occasion was marked by the words of Split mayor Andro Krstulović Opara who praised moving forward with the project as an excellent step forward for Split to resolve the 50-year problem of the garbage dump, reported Dnevnik back in November.
“The beginning of the first phase of the rehabilitation for Karepovac, which will last 30 months, it is a great step towards the future of Split because we finally end the story of this dangerous ecological bomb in the heart of the city. This is an important project for Split and the 19 cities and municipalities in the area of Split-Dalmatia County who suffered 50 years of waste disposed at Karepovac,” the mayor said last month.
Krstulović Opara urged the citizens of Split and Solin to be patient during the rehabilitation process because they “might need to take in some unpleasant moments”. These unpleasant odors permeating throughout Split during the process, unfortunately, are noted as a casualty of the therapy.
“With our supervisors and a well-equipped team that will lead the work, we agreed that at times when the odors would be the greatest, we would take into account the climatic conditions and adjust their work. For example, in situations where bura winds and other winds could disperse an unpleasant odor, we will strive to make the emission of unpleasant smells as little as possible,” added Krstulović Opara.
Over the past few days notably, many citizens of Split nearby the landfill have complained of an unbearably intense stench – forcing the words of Opara to sing in Split citizen’s heads again.
“The is the last time we will rehabilitate, Karepovac is on its way out. It smells of 50 years of carelessness and ignorance. We need to live with this rehabilitation, so I call on all citizens to be patient and understanding.”
If only it were that easy.
On the bright side, things are moving along as planned at the famous landfill.
For starters, at the end of each week, the city sends a report on the course of remediation, and yesterday we learned that they had removed more waste than was planned.
At the end of next week, the works will be temporarily stopped until January 8th, 2018, i.e. by the end of the school holidays, and will continue to work intensively until the start of the tourist season.
A sight you might not believe with your eyes, here’s a look at the rehabilitation of Karepovac thus far by ST Dron.