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20 January 2021, 17:04

Belarus sets rates for waste pollution charges

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MINSK, 20 January (BelTA) – Belarus has set rates for charges for waste pollution of the environment. This is envisaged in Decree No.17 of 18 January 2021, BelTA learned from the press service of the Belarusian Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Ministry.

“The decree is aimed at improving legal regulation of relations in waste management. There are numerous law violations in this field, some of which cause a public outcry. At the same time, the existing measures against such offenders are insufficient. This is why we drew up this decree,” the press service said.

The decree sets forth rates for charges for waste pollution of the environment. They depend on the type and area of contaminated territory or on the level, mass, and type of waste. In addition, the document specifies the term ‘wastewater'. It now includes effluents from landfills for treatment and disposal of industrial and household waste and from sludge beds.

The document is also meant to improve legal regulation concerning compensation of damage to the environment as a result of land degradation due to contamination with chemicals or other substances. It also provides for using norms for concentration of chemicals in soils.

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