MINSK DISTRICT, 27 March (BelTA) – Belgips EKO will lease out a board mill in Pokhovichi for Tetra Pak processing, Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko was told as he visited Belgips Plant on 27 March, BelTA has learned.
“We plan to rent it from 1 April and install equipment for Tetra Pak processing at its facilities,” said the chairman of the Board of Directors of Volma Corporation, which is one of Belgips' shareholders.
According to experts, Tetra Pak packaging accounts for some 9,000-13,000 tonnes in the solid municipal waste per year. Half of it will be processed in Pukhovichi. Other industrial waste, including plastic cups, plates, labels, wallpaper waste can be processed there as well. The new product will be used to make pulp and supply it to Belarusian enterprises. About €900,000 has already been invested in the project. It is planned to invest about €2 million in total. The launch of production is scheduled for the second half of the year.
“Waste processing is our current prospect,” the president supported the initiative.
“Belgips is also involved in social projects. For example, there are green containers in Minsk, where citizens leave old books, magazines and other printed products. They belong to the company. The plant collects several tens of thousands of books per year. Sometimes unique editions can be found among them. Most of them are saved and given to schools and libraries. The rest is processed.
“Well done!” the head of state said.
Aleksandr Lukashenko expressed bemusement at how people can throw away books, especially Belarusian literature, works of world classics and unique encyclopedias. “The Soviet Encyclopedic Dictionary,” said the president picking up one of the found books. “I have one. I had to stand in a queue to buy it. This is a unique edition.”