I. Metshin on the separate waste collection: “We must pass this road not for 10 years like other countries, but for 3-4 years”
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(KZN.RU, May 14, Ksenia Shvetsova). Today, 47% of the
housing stock in Kazan is transferred to separate waste collection. In total,
878 sites are equipped with containers for separate garbage collection. During
the summer, it is necessary to modernize the remaining container sites, build
new waste sorting stations and increase the motivation of citizens in this
matter. Ilsur Metshin, the Mayor of Kazan, announced this today at the meeting
of the city headquarters on the introduction of separate collection of
municipal solid waste. It took place in the Executive Committee of the city.
Opening the meeting, I. Metshin noted that the issue
of waste disposal requires the coordinated work of all departments. “Separate
waste collection is a global issue across the country. The complexity of work
led to the holding of regular meetings on this issue. This is our usual mode of
operation. We are preparing for all the major events that take place in the
city”, said the Mayor. Separate collection of municipal solid waste (MSW) has
already been introduced in many countries, so Russia is following the known
path, he added. “We need to find the right solution to all issues and take this
step. The most important thing for us now is the introduction of separate waste
collection in the housing stock”.
Iskander Giniyatullin, the deputy head of the
Executive Committee, reported on the progress of the implementation of the
project for a separate collection of MSW. During April, container sites in
Kazan were equipped with bins for separate waste collection on the dual
principle: into recyclable dry fractions and non-recyclable wet fractions.
Today, there are 3047 containers with yellow and grey stickers on 878 sites,
the first ones for collecting recyclable waste, the second ones for the rest.
“More than 47% of the housing stock of the city is
transferred to separate waste collection”, noted I. Giniyatullin. “I ask the
heads of district administrations to intensify work with the remaining managing
companies and bring the housing coverage to 100%”.
The regional operator OOO “UC PZhKKh” purchased 300
euro-containers for the municipality. 200 of them have already been installed
on container sites, and another 100 ones will be installed this week.
Both the regional operator and the managing
organizations and district administrations should control the separate
collection of garbage, said the speaker. “Loading of separately collected waste
into one car is unacceptable, as it denigrates the entire system of separate
collection. Residents are watching this very carefully, they are actively
reporting to us. We should not allow overfilling of containers”, marked the
deputy head of the Executive Committee.
“Today, the task is to sign contracts with managing
organizations by the regional operator”, said I. Giniyatullin. “Today, 132
managing companies, the HOA, HBC did not conclude contracts yet. The main
reason is the misunderstanding of work in the new conditions”. It is also
necessary to complete the registration of contracts with citizens living in the
private sector in the near future. Today the services of the regional operator
are paid by less than 65% of households, said the speaker. The regional
operator must sign contracts with all waste generators, private carriers, waste
processors, owners of sorting stations and landfills.
In total, the city plans to organize about 900 sites
providing for a separate collection of MSW. In addition, the regional operator
plans to build 4 more stations to the already existing 4 waste sorting
I. Metshin asked which site option was preferred,
recalling that several projects were under consideration. “Priority will be
given to such sites as in the Moskovsky district. The garbage will be divided
according to the principle of dual separation, into dry and wet waste”, answered
“During May-June we have to complete the installation
of containers for separate collection. During the same time, the regional
operator fixes the export of containers. Now the main issue is the creation of
urban infrastructure. The next big question is outreach work with the
population”, answered I. Giniyatullin.
The Mayor passed the issue of working with the
population to Rustem Gafarov, the first deputy head of the Executive Committee.
He said that children in Kazan schools are already taught to live an
environmentally friendly lifestyle. All schools are equipped with containers
for separate garbage collection, and they carry out thematic classes with
“Over the summer, we have to finish preparing the
infrastructure, build 4 more waste sorting stations, organize a timely garbage
collection”, concluded the Mayor. “And the most important question is the
motivation of the population. We need to think of any options that would work
on the education and inculcation of this culture. There are regions, countries
that have walked this road in 10 years on average. But we have to decrease time
and pass the same way in 3-4 years to be on a completely different level in the
culture of separate garbage collection”.
It is planned to discuss how to motivate the
population to separate garbage collection and improve the culture of
environmental education at the next meeting.
A pilot project for the implementation of a separate
collection of municipal waste started in the capital of Tatarstan in the summer
of 2018. As a result, the volume of removal of municipal solid waste to
landfill was reduced by 30-35%.