North Vidzeme Waste Management Organisation, Ltd., was founded in November, 1998. The founders were local governments of Cēsis, Limbaži, Valka and Valmiera Districts.
In 1998 as part of implementation of a waste management strategy in Latvia project “500-
“ was launched bringing about essential changes in the sphere of waste management in Latvia. North Vidzeme Region was selected for the pilot project. It comprised Districts of Cēsis, Limbaži, Valka and Valmiera. The region was chosen for the following reasons:
- income level of residents in the area approximately corresponds to the average income level in the country;
- there are no big cities in the region that would require their own waste management system (density of population and the produced amount of waste are not so big as in Riga);
- there already exists certain mutual cooperation in waste management; the attitude to improvement in environmental protection is positive;
- the potential project test area includes the Gauja National Park and North Vidzeme Biosphere Reserve, thus providing serious contribution to protection of the above mentioned objects.
Goal of the Pilot Project
To close the existing 104 legal and unwaranted dumping sites in North Vidzeme Region, to establish a new, modern solid waste landfill and to introduce a system of waste collection-management incorporating Cēsis, Limbaži, Valka and Valmiera Districts.
Objectives of the Pilot Project (in 1998):
- to introduce a new waste management system;
- to establish a waste disposal landfill complying with modern sanitary requirements;
- remediation of old dumping sites.
Progress of the Project
The existing situation in waste management in North Vidzeme Region was explored by The Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development in close cooperation with “Carl Bro International”, representative of the Danish Environment Protection Agency in Latvia; including site visits to 104 registered dumping sites (1998), and unwarranted garbage dumping grounds, as well as field check of technical provision (containers, scavengers, tractors).
Potential building sites were inspected for the location of a new environmentally safe landfill in North Vidzeme region which would comply with modern sanitary requirements. Choice of the landfill site
The first Environmental Impact Assessment of the potential location of the landfill was carried out in Latvia.
The compiled data about a potential waste management company in North Vidzeme Region were used as a basis on which the Feasibility Report was developed; it was accomplished by Jan Gerrit Tesink, Consultant of “Carl Bro International” (Netherlands).
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Informative seminars, meetings, and discussions in local governments were organised about further waste management with participation of local governments staff, residents and entrepreneurs.
Establishing the Organisation
Municipalities of Cēsis, Limbaži, Valka and Valmiera districts decided to establish a regional waste management organisation and build of a new landfill site in North Vidzeme Region, complying with modern requirements.
In November 1998 SIA ZAAO was established. In March 1999 it was reorganised into a non-profit company SIA Ziemeļvidzemes atkritumu apsaimniekošanas organizācija ('North Vidzeme Waste Management Organiosation', limited company).
On 29 November 2002 SIA ZAAO received Integrated Management Systems (Quality and Environmental Management certificates issued by the Bureau Veritas Quality International (BVQI). SIA ZAAO was the first commercial waste management company in the Baltic states to have develop, introduce and maintain an integrated management system complying with ISO 9001:2000 Quality Standards and ISO 14001:2004 Environmental Standards. Recertification was carried out in November 2005.
In April 2003 the company was registered in the Register of Enterprises as SIA "Ziemeļvidzemes atkritumu apsaimniekošanas organizācija”( 'North Vidzeme Waste Management Organisation', limited company).
As of 1 January 2005 Daibe Landfill is the only place in North Vidzeme Region for the recycling and disposal of municipal solid waste for Cēsis, Limbaži, Valka and Valmiera Districts.