Dmitry Medvedev Photo: Alexander Astafyev / RIA Novosti
Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev criticized the level of processing of municipal solid waste (MSW) in the country and encouraged to strive to achieve European standards. He stated this at a meeting with the leadership of “Fair Russia” in the state Duma, reports TASS.
Medvedev said that according to international standards share of processing should be between 50 to 70 percent of the total volume of solid waste, and in Russia it is only 10 percent. “The money allocated from the budget to the regions to build the infrastructure for waste recycling and, of course, significantly decreased the proportion of their burial, because we, unfortunately, looking very far from international standards”, — said the head of the government, adding that he hoped the increase in processing volumes in the country.
The Prime Minister recalled that in 2018 for the processing of municipal solid waste was allocated about one billion roubles was spent on creating infrastructure. In the future, the government plans to subsidize the field to see some new processors, but all the garbage has passed through the sorting facilities.
Medvedev stressed that advocates for transparent, clear and fair rates, due to which the population had to pay, but also benefits for certain categories of citizens that already exist in some regions and could potentially spread to other subjects.
In the fall of 2017, the President’s special envoy on environmental issues, Sergei Ivanov said that the country will need decades to establish a system of separate waste collection. At that time in Russia was processed only seven percent of the waste, the rest were buried.
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