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Water was barely visible because of plastic bottles and bags: Campaign to clean Potpec Lake has started

Previously, garbage was removed from the Lim River itself

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Photo: Tanjug/Ministry of Environment/Jovana Rosul

This morning, a large campaign to remove the garbage that the Lim River brought downstream from unsanitary landfills in Montenegro over the past ten days, due to the high water level, started today on Potpec Lake near Priboj in southwestern Serbia.

The lake is being cleaned 2.5 kilometers from the dam of the hydro power plant Potpec, where 10-15,000 cubic meters of garbage have accumulated, writes Blic.

The campaign is being jointly carried out by the Ministry of Environmental Protection, the public company Srbijavode, EPS, the Municipality of Priboj and the Ecological Association Jastreb from Priboj.

In order to get the job done faster, a tugboat was delivered to Potpec Lake, which pushes the garbage towards the shore from where it is removed by excavators and loaded onto trucks.

The garbage will be temporarily stored at the Priboj landfill, and then transported to the Regional Landfill Duboko near Uzice.

It is estimated that the campaign to clean the lake will take several days, and if necessary, another tugboat will be deployed.

The level of the Lim River is still falling, but there are fears that more rainfall could raise the water again, which would mean a new influx of garbage.


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