Reporters from the Center for Investigative Reporting in Sarajevo learned that more than 32 million KM was invested into the city landfill sanitation over two decades, but monitoring of potentially toxic materials is still only minimal.
Some equipment has been destroyed or is being run down because of improper use. Different government departments blame each other for this, and they say more money is needed to improve the situation.
Meanwhile at least five children from houses near the Smiljevići landfill have fallen ill with cancer, allergies, and other ailments. Two girls who were primary school students have died.
Construction engineer Fuad Babić from the Institute for the Construction of Canton Sarajevo told CIN that the problem was in various types of waste unloaded at the landfill.
“Unfortunately, anything from clinical waste to animal waste, anything that can be dumped in the canton, is dumped there,” said Babić.
“Failure was inevitable.”
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