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The volume of recycled and reclaimed solid household waste tripled in 2017

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by January 22, 2018 Business

During today’s press conference at the Government press center, Minister of Energy Kanat Bozumbayev spoke about the ongoing work in the field of environmental protection.

As Kanat Bozumbayev noted, according to data for 2017 emissions of industrial enterprises into the environment amounted to 2.3 million tonnes, spews � 1.1 million tonnes. In the field of waste management, the share of recycled and reclaimed industrial waste amounted to 30.9% (in 2016 – 26.8%).

The share of recycled and reclaimed solid household waste was 9%. Here we have very good progress. In 2016, this figure was 2.6%. This is more than a triple increase, � the Minister of Energy said.

69% of the country’s population is covered with waste collection and disposal services (in 2016 – 64%). The share of polygons corresponding to environmental requirements and sanitary standards is 16%.

The concept for the transition to a green economy set the following target indicators: to increase the share of waste processing to 40% by 2020, and 50% by 2050. To ensure 100% coverage of the population with solid waste removal services by 2030. 95% of the landfills by 2030 should comply with environmental requirements and sanitary rules.

Kanat Bozumbayev also said that the Ministry plans to develop a new version of the Environmental Code. This measure will help bring environmental legislation to OECD standards, stimulate nature users to introduce “green” technologies.

We invite all concerned parties � NGOs, environmentalists, the public and international experts, to participate in the development of the Code in 2018. By December 2018, we plan to approach the Government with the already coordinated new Environmental Code. The Draft Code is planned to be submitted to the Parliament in December 2019, � Kanat Bozumbayev said.

Also this year, together with the Akimats, work continues on improving regulatory legal acts to create favorable conditions for small and medium-sized businesses to:

– Introduce separate collection, sorting and processing of waste with the involvement of private investment, reducing the volume of buried waste;

– Cover the population with garbage disposal;

– Optimize the number of polygons and dumps;

– Conduct outreach work to encourage the population to separate waste.

Source: Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan

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