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Council for Transition to Green Economy considers issues of unauthorized dumps

Friday, 23 July 2021, 20:20:34

Prime Minister Askar Mamin chaired a meeting of the Council for the Transition to a Green Economy under the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan. The progress of the implementation of the order of the Head of State Kassym-Jomart Tokayev on the elimination of the existing and prevention of the formation of new spontaneous dumps, which was given on July 10, 2021, at an extended government session, was considered.

The Minister of Ecology, Geology and Natural Resources of the Republic of Kazakhstan Magzum Mirzagaliyev reported that as of July 19, 2021, space monitoring revealed 4,763 unauthorized waste disposal sites.

According to the results of the first half of 2021, there are 2,932 solid domestic waste landfills in the country, of which only 509 or 17.36% comply with environmental and sanitary standards. There are 191 waste disposal organizations operating on the territory of the country, on the balance of which there are more than 2 thousand units of specialized vehicles.

The new Environmental Code, which came into force on July 1, 2021, provides for a number of systemic measures, namely the introduction of a notification procedure in order to streamline and control the activities of waste disposal organizations, as well as equipping waste disposal vehicles with satellite navigation systems (GPS).

The Head of Government instructed local executive bodies to reclaim solid waste landfills that do not meet environmental and sanitary standards, or bring them in line with the established requirements, as well as create an infrastructure for processing and disposal of construction waste.

Local executive bodies were instructed to eliminate all unauthorized landfills identified by space monitoring, together with the Ministry of Internal Affairs, Ministry of Ecology, Geology and Natural Resources, Ministry of Information and Social Development and the public to conduct raids to identify spontaneous landfills, bringing violators to justice.

The Prime Minister stressed the need to create call centers in the regions on the example of iKomek (Nur-Sultan) to identify and eliminate spontaneous dumps.

Mamin instructed to provide for the disposal of construction waste when issuing permits for the construction of facilities, to consider the use of construction waste in the compaction and reclamation of solid waste landfills, as well as in the reclamation of historical sites of extraction of basic minerals.

The Head of Government noted the importance of creating infrastructure within the framework of a public-private partnership for the collection and processing of construction waste, which will create conditions for the removal of bulky and construction waste.


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