Ecology • 24 December, 2019

Kazakhstan accumulates more than 120 million tons of solid waste

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Currently, more than 120 million tons of solid waste (solid domestic waste) have been accumulated in Kazakhstan's landfills. This was announced by Minister of ecology, geology and natural resources of Kazakhstan Magzum Mirzagaliyev at Government session. 

"Currently, more than 120 million tons of solid waste have been accumulated at 3.5 thousand landfills of the country and more than 5 million tons of solid waste are formed annually," Magzum Mirzagaliyev said.

The Minister added that since 2016 there has been an increase in solid waste processing from 2.6% to 11.5%, and the share of industrial waste processing - from 26.8% to 32.2%.

"Since 2019, it is forbidden to bury plastic, waste paper, cardboard and waste paper, glass. However, the launched mechanism is not implemented to a sufficient extent, as there is no appropriate infrastructure in the regions," Magzum Mirzagaliyev added.

It was noted that the analysis revealed problems with air quality, surface water pollution, wear or lack of sewage treatment facilities, lack or poor condition of landfills. In addition, there are also local environmental problems waiting to be solved.

"Local executive bodies are trying to solve these problems by taking complex measures to improve the environmental situation. Nevertheless, measures are needed at the national level to improve the state of the environment of the Republic, " Magzum Mirzagaliyev said.

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