Welcoming remarks to the participants of the seminar were said by the Deputy General Director of the Housing and Public Utilities of the Minsk Region, Andreу Shul'ga, Deputy Chairman of the Puchavičy District Executive Committee Andreу Kremen', and Yulia Yablonskaya, Chairman of the IPO "Ecopartnership".
— This is an excellent opportunity for the enterprises of the housing and communal services to study the experience of colleagues from the Puchavičy district, because such work needs to be carried out throughout the Minsk region, and we will do our best to carry it out, — said Andrey Shul'ga, Deputy Director General of the Housing and Public Utilities of the Minsk Region.
Yulia Yablonskaya, Chairman of the IPO "Ecopartnership", recalled that the Puchavičy District was the first in Belarus to develop a strategy for handling waste. The strategy was developed by Belarusian and international experts with the financial support of the European Union. The strategy included an action plan until 2029, many of which are being implemented.
For more than two years, the Puchavičy district has been developing a waste management project funded by the European Union. During this time, the utility company has managed to improve the collection system for waste electrical and electronic equipment, as well as to deal with spontaneous landfills.
One of the key activities of the project was the creation of a strategy for integrated management of waste electrical and electronic equipment for the Puchavičy district, which helped identify the necessary measures. With the financial support of the European Union, containers for collection of used batteries are installed in public places, a minibus for collection of electronic and electrical waste in rural areas, a bulldozer for the elimination of spontaneous landfills, a crushing bucket, a line for pressing PET-bottles, containers for composting organic waste, is open A platform for collecting old household appliances from the public.
To interest residents to hand over unnecessary household appliances for processing and composting organic waste, contests, promotions and seminars are held in the district, pamphlets and posters are published, thematic billboards are installed.
— In June last year, we collected just over two tons of household appliances waste, this year, after the purchase of a mini bus for waste collection, this figure reached more than 25 tons, — said the deputy chairman of the Puchavičy District Executive Committee Andrey Kremen'. — Before that, we held a small advertising campaign, housing and communal services not only independently carried out the export of waste, but the residents themselves received prizes and a small monetary compensation for this. By the way, today our bus is painted for a week ahead.
The seminar presented the results of the collection and processing of electronic and electrical equipment waste in the Minsk region over the past year, and also discussed plans for the development of the WEEE collection in Belarus.
Participants of the seminar had the opportunity to visit the site for the collection of WEEE, which was opened in Maŕina Horka within the framework of the project, as well as to see the acquired equipment. In addition to the facilities of the UE "Zhilteploservis", during the seminar the participants were shown a container for composting green waste, which was installed in the "Gymnasium of Marjina Horka", and is used to obtain compost from mown grass from the school territory.
The seminar was organized by the Housing and Communal Services of the Minsk Region, Puchavičy REC, IPO "Ecopartnership". The event is part of the project "Development of Waste Management Services for Rural Population of Puchavičy District of Minsk Region", funded by the European Union.
Photos: "Minskaja Praŭda" newspaper and Portal of municipal literacy