Man­ag­ing House­hold Waste

An in­ter­na­tional sem­i­nar on the in­te­grated man­age­ment of house­hold waste has been held in Tashkent.

Uzbekistan Today (English) - - EVENTS AND FACTS - Tahir Mahkamov

It is or­ga­nized by the State Com­mit­tee on Ecol­ogy and En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion with the sup­port of the OSCE Project Co­or­di­na­tor in Uzbek­istan. Along with lo­cal spe­cial­ists, rep­re­sen­ta­tives of in­ter­na­tional or­ga­ni­za­tions and lead­ing for­eign com­pa­nies in this field take part in it.

At the open­ing of the fo­rum, it was noted that our coun­try pays spe­cial at­ten­tion to re­duc­ing the neg­a­tive im­pact of waste on the en­vi­ron­ment and hu­man health, and sig­nif­i­cant progress has been made re­cently in this area. A com­pre­hen­sive pro­gram for the rad­i­cal im­prove­ment of house­hold waste man­age­ment for 2017-2021 is be­ing ef­fec­tively im­ple­mented.

In par­tic­u­lar, since Au­gust 1, 2018, the ter­ri­to­ries of cities and dis­tricts are as­signed to busi­ness en­ti­ties for the col­lec­tion and re­moval of house­hold waste on the ba­sis of a pub­lic-pri­vate part­ner­ship. With the in­dis­pens­able con­di­tions to en­sure clean­li­ness in the col­lec­tion points, as well as self-sort­ing of house­hold waste. Since Jan­uary 1, 2019, a ban has been placed on the free distribution of plas­tic film bags and the in­clu­sion of their value in the price of goods sold. Also, start­ing from the new year, a new pro­ce­dure for pay­ment for garbage dis­posal is be­ing in­tro­duced – the pop­u­la­tion is now obliged to pay for these ser­vices monthly no later than the 10th.

The sem­i­nar dis­cussed mod­ern meth­ods of col­lect­ing and trans­port­ing waste, their in­te­grated man­age­ment sys­tems, re­cy­cling of biowaste, con­struc­tion of land­fills for their dis­posal and other is­sues.

“Garbage is be­com­ing more and more, every year we set new “records” in this area, and there’s no way out,” said Yevgeny Schoen­berg, re­gional man­ager of the Ger­man com­pany FAUN. “In this re­gard, work with the pop­u­la­tion is very im­por­tant, es­pe­cially in terms of sep­a­rate waste col­lec­tion. In Ger­many, for ex­am­ple, this work was car­ried out for more than 30 years be­fore the pop­u­la­tion be­gan to show “dis­ci­pline” in this mat­ter and sep­a­rate the waste be­fore it was... thrown away.”

The work of the three-day sem­i­nar ended yes­ter­day.

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