Large areas of Belgrade were covered in smoke, stench and mist after the fire broke out at Europe’s second largest landfill, located in the village of Vinca on the outskirts of the city.
Zoran Radogic, the mayor of Belgrade, said the fire was under control, but added that Belgrade residents should close their windows and avoid leaving their homes if they smell smoke.
“Although residents may see smoke over the next few days, I assure you that there is no need to fear and panic,” he added.
Environmental groups on Sunday urged the government to issue a warning to residents about “hazardous smoke”, but national authorities remained silent.
The Vinca landfill has been a source of air, soil and water pollution for decades, although major foreign and domestic investment are calling for the site to be closed and moved away from the capital of 2 million people.
Belgrade has often been ranked among the worst European cities for air pollution, along with the Bosnian capital, Sarajevo.