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15 March 2023, 18:23

Municipal waste recycling rate in Belarus over 30% in 2022

MINSK, 15 March (BelTA) – The municipal waste recycling rate in Belarus exceeded 30% in 2022, Deputy Director of the State Operator of Secondary Material Resources Artem Shkryl told a press conference, BelTA has learned.

"According to operational information, the municipal waste recycling rate reached 32% in 2022. For comparison, in 2012 this rate was 10%. In other words, we had an increase of 3.2 times. We are proud that in terms of this indicator we are leaders among the CIS countries. We are even ahead of some European countries, for example, Bulgaria and Romania and are at the same with Greece and Turkey," Artem Shkryl said.

Municipal waste recycling gets a lot of attention in Belarus. In 2017, the country adopted a national strategy for the management of municipal solid waste and secondary material resources. It identified several areas to achieve a waste recycling rate of 90% by 2035. "The first is to improve the system of solid municipal waste collection. We continue to develop the separate waste collection system, to upgrade equipment and develop different methods of collection," the deputy director said.

The strategy also outlined such areas as the container deposit system, energy recovery from waste, composting.

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