Municipal waste recycling rate in Belarus expected to reach 30% in 2021

MINSK, Sept. 3 (BelTA) — Municipal waste recycling rate will reach around 30% in Belarus by the end of the year, Belarusian Minister of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Andrei Khudyk said , to the media on the sidelines of the meeting of the Interstate Environmental Committee of the CIS. Council, BelTA has learned.

“The platform of the CIS Interstate Environmental Council allows us to address important issues through joint efforts. These are first and foremost climate change, environmental protection and environmental security. Belarus actively participates in the work of the Interstate Environmental Council of the CIS. Today we discussed carbon regulation, taking into account the ‘green deal’ and the introduction of the carbon tax in the EU. In addition, we presented Belarus’ experience in replacing plastic packaging with environmentally friendly alternatives made from local raw materials to reduce the burden on the environment,” said Andrei Khudyk.

The Minister noted that Belarus is a great contributor among the states of the former Soviet Union to the development of the waste management sector. “This year, we plan to turn about 30% of municipal waste into revenue and involve it in our country’s economy. According to the Waste and Secondary Materials Resource Management Strategy, this figure is expected to reach 90% by 2035. To reduce the impact on the environment, we are working to eliminate plastic containers from circulation. We have set up an inter-agency commission and drawn up an action plan for the gradual withdrawal of plastic from circulation, mainly disposable packaging in collective catering. A number of restrictions have been introduced since January this year,” he said.

The CIS Interstate Environmental Council was established in accordance with the CIS Cooperation Agreement on Environmental Protection signed in Minsk on May 31, 2013. Its mission is to align environmental legislation and to improve the management of nature, to prepare scientifically based standards for the use of natural resources, environmental standards, and to develop interstate programs and projects in environmental management and environmental security.

Melissa C. Keyes