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26 April 2022, 18:16

Belarus plans to build 16 waste sorting plants by 2025

Andrei Khmel. File photo
Andrei Khmel. File photo

MINSK, 26 April (BelTA) – Belarus is planning to build 16 waste sorting plants by the end of the current five-year term in 2025, Belarusian Minister of Housing and Utility Services Andrei Khmel told the media before a session of the Presidium of the Council of Ministers in Minsk on 26 April, BelTA has learned.

“We have made great progress over the past 10 years. To date, we already recycle 29% of solid municipal waste. This is quite a good result. Yet there is a lot to be done in the current five-year term. The target is to recycle 64% by 2025. We have made the conceptual decisions and adopted plans of actions. Construction of waste sorting plants, of which 16 are be built by the end of the five-year term, will be one of the ways of reaching this target" Andrei Khmel said.

According to him, this will give the desired result. "As for solid municipal waste, we will start producing RDF fuel from this type of waste and burn it at cement plants. The line to use RDF fuel has been built at Krasnoselskstroymaterialy. This is a pilot project, which will set this kind of work in motion across the country," the minister said.

Speaking about organic waste, Andrei Khmel said that various types of soils will be produced from them. "Some of them will be used to remediate landfills, to restore quarries. We hope that this type of products made from waste will also be used in green construction. This work will yield the results we aim at," the head of the ministry emphasized.

As for the financing of the construction of waste sorting plants, the minister said that “this will be the funds of operators of secondary material resources, local budgets, and loans. Of course, we will not do without investors. Plans have been drawn up, and we need to implement them.”

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