For years, household waste management has become a problem for the authorities in Chisinau, the solution would create problems for the residents of Tintareni village.
The landfill was designed and built between 1984 and 1991, in accordance with Soviet standards, and became operational in 1991. The landfill area is 24.7 hectares and is fenced and has a single access point.
It is located in a rural area with agricultural land, where the waste from Chisinau was transported. It is a real source of infection and a threat to the health of the villagers.
Tens of tons of garbage were brought here daily. Although the village is separated from the garbage by a large plain, the unpleasant smell of the decomposed garbage is felt by the villagers who are forced to stay with the windows closed in the summer.
The term of operation of the Tintareni landfill expired on December 31, 2010, but on January 1, 2011, it was extended by another three years, which led the inhabitants of the Tintereni village to go out to protest, demanding the closure of the landfill which poisons the soil and the air - they claim that the water in their fountains is polluted and bears bad odors coming from the landfill. About 19 million cubic meters of waste were stored in Tintareni until then.
In the same year, the locals blocked access to the landfill. The villagers said that they would be on guard every day to prevent special vehicles from bringing garbage to the village, so the Chisinau authorities decided to redirect household waste from the capital near Bubuieci and Bâc. Thus the ramp from Tintereni was closed.
In the summer of 2017, the capital faced a real waste crisis. After the residents of Bubuieci protested by blocking the access of the special vehicles to the local landfill, the mayor's office proposed to reopen the landfill in Țînțăreni, in order to overcome the problem of garbage accumulation in the Capital.
On July 10, 2017, following several negotiations, a civic contract was concluded with the authorities from Țînțăreni, for access to the landfill for a period of two years, until 2019. The municipality then undertook to ensure the sanitation of the locality but also to provide annual financial support in the amount of 10 million lei.
In December 2019, the contract with Tintareni City Hall was extended by one year, based on a decision of the local council. According to Eugeniu Axentiev, director of the “Autosalubritate“ Board of Directors, so far, more than 22 million m³ of solid waste are buried at the municipal landfill, the space being used at half capacity. About 600-700 tons of waste are transported here daily from the capital.
At the end of July 2020, the waste from the landfill began to burn. The fire lasted for about three days, during which time the wind blew towards these villages, bringing smoke and combustion products there. Residents of surrounding villages once again staged a protest, demanding that the warehouse be blocked and that the "thirty-year-old problem" be closed.
The water from the wells in Țînțereni and the nearby villages is polluted and is no longer good for drinking, but also for irrigating agricultural land, the fruits, and vegetables which are regularly watered with such a "deadly cocktail". Water contains heavy metals, ammonia, mercury, and other chemicals that cause fatal damage to the human body.
All these consequences are ignored by the authorities and the landfilling of waste on a regular basis continues as usual.