Krasnodar, 5 February – Yug Times. Four regional operators of collection and disposal of solid household waste have reportedly begun their work in Krasnodar krai (region) on the basis of newly approved tariffs. “The key goal of the reform in the waste disposal sphere is to open waste sorting and disposal facilities in the territory of the region, and to construct waste recycling facilities,” regional Minister of Fuel and Energy Complex and Housing and Utility Sector Yevgeni Zimenko stated. “In the near future, we will form an efficient construction mechanism.”
Since January 1, 2020, Sochi has become an area of responsibility of Kraizhilkomresurs, an operator from Belorechensk. Presently, there are 70 specialised vehicles operating in the city. To reach the required capacity, another 15 vehicles will be bought soon. Within six months, the contractor plans to complete the construction of an up-to-date waste sorting factory in Sochi. It will be automatically sorting the organic material to be recycled into compost.
In the middle of January, local residents of Belorechensk were complaining about the foul smell coming from the municipal landfill. The inspection showed that the waste stored there was not properly interspersed with soil.
Another disputable object of waste disposal was the landfill in Dinskoi rayon. According to environmental activists, the operator under the pretence of operating a waste transhipment platform was dumping garbage in huge volumes at the officially closed landfill located between Dinskaya and Krasnoselskoe. After the activists’ visit, the operator stopped disposing waste on the landfill, but now the activists demand that any further disposal of freshly brought waste be excluded there.
Pavel Sigal from OPORA Russia nongovernment organisation says that “the garbage reform will work if all participants will clearly understand their obligations at every stage of it, and show concernment in it. Separate waste collection as a system should be working starting from a household and up to a waste recycling plant.”
He also believes that a regional operator must not merely collect garbage from containers, but take it to sorting enterprises from where it would leave for recycling. However, now due to dividing the territory of Krasnodar krai into several waste-collection zones, the logistics for the regional operators has become much more sophisticated and expensive. Besides, when calculating the waste volumes to be disposed from each locality, local officials proceeded from some preset coefficients, while in reality its volumes are much higher - and the regional operators are not happy with that at all. Another problem is lack of waste recyclers in the region.
Household waste may become a cheap source for the energy industry and help reduce the expenditures in many industries. What is needed here is time and resolution to solve the problem, taken at all levels of power - then ‘garbage investors’ will surely appear on the horizon.
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