The setting up of an efficient and ecological waste management system has always been a burning topic attracting a lot of attention and interest not only in the European Union but also in the Slovak Republic.

(Picture: KOSIT Incinerator in Košice, Slovakia)

Marián Christenko, CEO at KOSIT a.s. shared his view on the top trends and best practise that Slovakia is a leader in the region and a strong partner in Europe: ”We firmly believe that companies operating on the Slovak market have already gained extensive experience that can be offered to foreign investors, which is why we consider “The Voice of Slovak Business“ a project developed in cooperation with SARIO such an efficient tool to help us influence business environment on both sides in mutual cooperation. Being the leader on the Slovak market as far as turning waste to energy is concerned, KOSIT a.s. is happy to use this cooperation to introduce a new view of waste management in both countries. Waste management is not just about business and figures, but also about social responsibility and environmental protection.

The Slovak Republic is a very interesting strong partner indeed, due to numerous reasons. Slovakia’s strategic geographic position offers numerous opportunities to enter the dynamically developing markets not only in Central and Eastern Europe, but also in Western European countries. Slovakia is crossed by multiple major European transport corridors connecting the West and the East of the European continent. One of the reasons why it is good to invest in Slovakia is the fact that a potential investor will have a chance to address the adjacent markets with several millions potential customers. Slovakia also is a country that offers well educated labour force with a long-term tradition in manufacturing and machinery. This shows in dozens of significant investment projects for which Slovakia was selected as a suitable destination especially in automotive, electro-technical, and IT sectors.

Waste management legislation and the traditional trends meet the continuously growing demands of the company in relation to the country as well as the improving living conditions. Slovak Republic abides by the valid legislation based on the European legislative requirements while striving to adapt to the latest trends in the field of waste management. The waste management hierarchy is based on the principle of refusing or avoiding waste, and then trying to reuse, recycle, and recover it to prevent the last resort of landfilling.”

(Picture: Marián Christenko, CEO at KOSIT a.s.) 

”The main activities of KOSIT a.s. include the collection, hauling, and disposal of municipal waste, as well as summer and winter road maintenance. It is the complexity of services, a strong team of experts in the field of legislation, technological innovations, and a responsible, committed, and frank approach towards the community that make KOSIT a.s. the leader on the Slovak waste management market. The priority of the company’s management is to follow a long term strategy of further growth, taking into full consideration the needs of our clients but also global trends in the field of waste management.

Thanks to these important factors KOSIT a.s. also partnered with APOH – the Association of Entrepreneurs in Waste  Management that focuses on activities that help promote the interests of its members in the field of harmonising Slovak waste management legislation with the laws of the European Union, abiding by the principles of the common European market and protection of competition. In 1999 APOH became a member of the European Federation of Waste Management and Environmental Services – FEAD seated in Brussels.

The policy of the European Union in the field of waste management clearly declares interest in decreasing the volume of land filled waste to 10 % by 2030. KOSIT a.s. is an important player on the Slovak market and one of the leaders in turning waste to energy, contributing greatly to the fulfilment of obligations towards the European Union. KOSIT a.s. uses professionalism and experience gained on international level, by spreading which it helps foster and promote economic and social growth.

In Slovakia only two municipal waste incineration plants have been established since the last century. In 2017, Košice incineration plant will turn around 115 thousand tons of waste to energy, which is 77 % of its total annual capacity. Unlike the incineration plant in Bratislava, which incinerates waste to produce steam to be turned to electrical energy only, Košice incineration plant produces not only electricity but also heat in form of hot water delivered to Košice energy network.

From its establishment, KOSIT a.s. has been dealing with sustainable development in the field of education, especially in relation to children and youth, which reflected in the founding of the very first Centre of Environmental Education in Slovakia in 2007.”