AKIPRESS.COM - The Kazakh Ministry of Ecology, Geology and Natural Resources, government agencies and organisations are developing a state programme to better manage municipal solid waste (MSW), Astana Times reported with reference to the Nur-Sultan mayor's office.
State and local government funds as well as private investment will be used to develop the waste management industry and the government will encourage people to separate waste.
The state policy on waste management is defined in the Concept on Transition towards Green Economy until 2050 and aims to introduce separate waste collection and develop a waste recycling sector through public-private partnerships.
Kazakhstan produced 4.3 million tonnes of municipal solid waste in 2018, approximately 100,000 fewer tonnes than in 2017. Its share of municipal solid waste recycling was 11.5 percent in 2018, 9 percent in 2017 and 2.6 percent in 2016. It is expected to increase with the ban on dumping paper, plastics, cardboard and glass waste into landfill that came into force Jan. 1 and the ban on construction and food waste scheduled for 2021. Since 2016, the government has also prohibited disposing scrap metal, mercury lamps and batteries, waste oils and liquids and electronic product waste in landfills.
Separate waste collection has been implemented in 51 cities and districts, and sorting has been implemented at 30 sites, where more than 1,000 jobs have been created.