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