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A matter
of order

Janis Vilgerts

Chairman of the JSC BAO Council

A matter of order – it is essential at work, in our local environment and at home in Latvia. This has been JSC BAO vision since 1995. During this time, we have grown, learned and worked to tackle the most complex challenges both in Latvia and globally.

Janis Vilgerts

Chairman of the JSC BAO Council

Mission

To protect the environment, clean up natural ecosystems, and support the move toward a circular economy in Latvia and the world.

We apply our knowledge, experience and self-developed technologies to create a comprehensive residue-free hazardous waste collection infrastructure.

News

The most ambitious environmental project in the Baltics completed. Remediation of the Incukalns tar ponds.

June 11, 2021

In cooperation with the State Environmental Agency, JSC BAO delivered the largest and technologically one of the most complex environmental projects in Latvia so far, cleaning the Incukalns sulfuric acid tar ponds from historical pollution.

In the spring of 2021, the rehabilitation and recultivation works will be completed, but the safe disposal of the tar removed from the ponds will continue until 2023. Using the post-remediation monitoring system established in both the South and North ponds, State Environmental Agency will continue to monitor the quality of the environment 30 years after the completion of the project.

 

“The remediation of the ponds polluted by sulfuric acid tar is the most ambitious and technically challenging project of this type that has ever been done in Latvia. We have achieved a successful result through the joint cooperation of many involved parties – businessmen who introduced special innovations adapted to the specifics of this project and responsibly solved previously unforeseeable complications that inevitably arise in such projects, as well as state institutions who jointly monitored the progress and finances of the project and were able to be open for both technological and management innovations.

Development

We are the leading company in Latvia providing a complete service for the collection, transport, management, and recycling of hazardous waste of any type.

The company’s professionalism, capacity, and technology enable it to cope with the most complex challenges in accordance with European Union requirements.

1996

ESTABLISHMENT
Joint stock company BAO was founded on December 5, 1996. We have a technical base and qualified personnel to ensure hazardous waste management in the following structural units: Gardene hazardous waste storage facility, Olaine hazardous waste recycling complex and Tume center for processing of electronic devices.
GARDENE HWF
In the former Soviet tank landfill, in the village of Gardene, Dobele region, JSC BAO built a hazardous waste storage facility for safe storage and processing of specific and dangerous waste and also arranges a special field for soil decontamination.

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OLAINE PLANT
A/s BAO starts works in Olaine by building a special hazardous waste processing facility for temporary storage of hazardous waste and processing and disposal of various materials.
TUME PLANT
In Tume parish of Tukums county, JSC BAO creates a hazardous waste recycling center for electrical and electronic equipment. In Tume plant JSC BAO stores and recycles used household electronics, batteries, accumulators and fluorescent lamps.

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ACID AND ALKALI NEUTRALIZATION REACTOR
JSC BAO acquires a special acid and alkali neutralization equipment – a reactor for neutralizing the sulfuryl chloride waste, which is particularly dangerous for humans, in the amount of several tens of tons, and which is still in use today.
DESTRUCTION OF CONFIDENTIAL DOCUMENTS
JSC BAO starts offering confidential document destruction service.

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BAO-MED 1000
JSC BAO acquires the most powerful medical waste processing equipment BAO-MED 1000 in Latvia, which make possible to recycle most of the healthcare waste generated in the country.

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WORKS IN VENTSPILS FREEPORT
VENTSPILS FREEPORT RECOVERY
JSC BAO participates in one of the first large-scale environmental rehabilitation projects in Ventspils Freeport. In the course of the project, more than 32,000 cubic meters of soil were decontaminated from oil products.

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RENOVATION OF THE OLAINE WASTE DUMP
JSC BAO obtained the right to carry out the remediation project announced by the State Environmental Service at the Olaine liquid hazardous waste dump. As a result, an area of almost 3 hectares contaminated with hazardous waste was cleaned.
GROUNDWATER REMEDIATION WORKS IN RIGA
JSC BAO carries out remediation of contaminated groundwaters at the landfill on Augusta Deglava Street, Riga. JSC BAO creates a special network of 50 wells on the territory of 9 hectares and cleans more than 36,000 cubic meters of contaminated underground water.

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INCUKALNS TAR POND
JSC BAO is launching the largest remediation work project in Incukalns in Latvia. Using its own innovations and technologies, BAO cleans and processes the South and North ponds of Incukans, which were polluted with sulfuric acid tar, and completely restores the entire contaminated area.
SOIL CLEANING AREA IN GETLINI
JSC BAO establishes a contaminated soil treatment area in the territory of the Getlini waste landfill and starts cleaning the contaminated soil.

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GETILNI, VEHICLE TIRES WASHING
JSC BAO starts offering vehicle tire washing service for Getlini EKO Ltd.
PACKAGING SEPARATION DEVICE
JSC BAO as an operator receives a permit to install food packaging separation equipment.

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