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EC/UNDP Project Has Provided Equipment for Separate Waste Collection to the Kobryn Municipal Public Utility Company

EC/UNDP Project Has Provided Equipment for Separate Waste Collection to the Kobryn Municipal Public Utility CompanyYesterday, on the World Recycling Day, the first set of equipment for municipal solid waste collection was provided to the town of Kobryn (the Brest Region). The equipment had been procured within the framework of the joint project of the European Union and the United Nations Development Programme “Support to the development of a comprehensive framework for international environmental cooperation in the Republic of Belarus”.

More than 600 containers for source-separated collection of plastics, paper and glass and 40 containers for large and mixed wastes, garbage trucks and a bulldozer for environmentally sound landfill disposal worth of over Euro 400 thousand were transferred to the local public utility company.

The project efforts focus on the three key waste management areas: alignment of the Belarusian legislation with the EU regulations; adoption of the best international practice; improvement of source-separated waste collection in the Kobryn district (the Brest Region) and the Masty district (the Hrodna Region) and public information and awareness campaign.

The three focuses are interrelated and complementary. The legal acts cannot effectively regulate waste management unless they are based on practical approaches with proven efficiency while good legislation and conscious attitude of people are unable to solve the problem of source-separated waste collection without sufficient fleet of waste containers and trucks allowing to ensure timely collection and transportation of wastes for recycling and landfill disposal.

– We hope that a comprehensive approach employed by the project would help achieve the objectives and would serve as an example for adoption of best practices of municipal waste management in the Republic of Belarus, – said Farid Garakhanov, UNDP Resident Representative a.i. in Belarus.

A topical exhibition of handicrafts made of recycled materials entitled “We give the second life to things” was also held on this day together with “Green schools” of the Kobryn district. Children organized interesting and educational master-classes and taught adults how to make something useful out of allegedly worthless materials.

For reference: Over 3 million tons of municipal solid waste is generated in Belarus every year; 90% is transported to waste disposal sites for landfilling. Only 13% of source-separated waste is recycled versus almost 60% in the European countries.

For further information, please contact Alena Sedach, EU/UNDP Project PR Specialist, phone: +375 17 267-96-23, +375 044 786-55-56, e-mail: .

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