Astana’s cash-for-trash programme pays residents for recyclables

Astana residents are able to earn cash for bringing their waste to one of nine waste collection points
Astana’s cash-for-trash programme pays residents for recyclables
19 July 11:14 2018 Print This Article


Astana Clean Time company has been running the Zhasyl Tandau (green choice in Kazakh) initiative since the beginning of this year. The Kazakh capital produces approximately 300,000 tonnes of solid domestic waste annually.

The collection points are set up near residential complexes, such as Northern Lights at 5 Dostyk Street, Dostar, Dostar-2 and Dostar-3 complexes at Mustafina Street.

“We came up with the idea to install such collection sites in the beginning of this year. We studied the experience of other countries in introducing waste sorting and opted for the Japanese case. We have a person at each point who collects waste from people according to a price list. We employ mostly from socially vulnerable groups of population, pensioners and people with disabilities,” said Astana Clean Time Director Timur Ismagulov.

The eco points receive waste paper, cans, multi-colour and transparent cellophanes and glass items. People dropping off their waste at the collection points can earn between 20 tenge (US$0.058) and 70 tenge (US$0.2) for a kilogramme depending on the type of waste.

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