The local council of Zalaegerszeg, southwest Hungary announced on Friday it had signed a contract with construction company Vegyépszer Rt to build a €5 million waste sorting plant.Work on the 3,200-square-meter plant will start in March and be completed in a little more than a year. The plant is part of a €34.5 million regional development project, for which EU funding will cover 70% of the costs. The project will serve nearly 350,000 people living in 282 communities in the region. Project manager Nándor Vass said the regional authorities have saved a combined €888,000 with the tenders advertised so far. The savings will be used for other tenders as well as to recultivate old dumps and shut down illegal ones.