Kazakhstan increases municipal solid waste recycling by 11.5%

The national policy to increase the recycling share to at least 40 percent by 2030 and 50 percent by 2050.
Kazakhstan increases municipal solid waste recycling by 11.5%
25 January 13:17 2019 Print This Article

The country produced 4.3 million tonnes of solid urban waste during  2018, approximately 100,000 fewer tonnes than in 2017.

Kazakhstan’s share of municipal solid waste  recycling increased to 11.5 percent last year, compared to 9 percent in 2017.

The amount of recycled waste is expected to continue increasing with the law banning dumping plastics, paper, cardboard and glass wastes into landfills that came into force Jan. 1. Transitioning to a greener lifestyle should also be facilitated with the ban on construction and food waste beginning in 2021.

The government has prohibited disposing mercury-containing lamps and devices, scrap metal, waste oils and liquids, batteries and electronic waste in landfills since 2016.

The ROP operator reimburses enterprises for the cost of collecting, transporting and processing recycled materials. In the last three years, more than 50 enterprises received compensation and 100,553 tonnes of auto components were collected and processed. It also has been recycling old cars since November 2016, receiving 83,268 decommissioned vehicles.

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