Cleaning Up Romania

Adrian Lungu Bucharest, Tallinn

A team of technocrats had a year to try to turn around Romania’s abysmal record on recycling.

A Romanian woman in Bucharest packs plastic bottles scavenged from bins into a sack for recycling. Photo: George Popescu.

On entering Romania’s Ministry of Environment, a visitor must turn their back on the country’s best-known and biggest building, the parliament. Its sheer size is almost too much to comprehend. For much of the day, it casts a very long shadow.

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