Today, Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine has considered and approved the National Waste Management Plan, which identifies tasks and practical measures designed to enable Ukraine by 2030 to switch to a new model of waste management existing in the European Union. This was announced by Minister of Ecology and Natural Resources of Ukraine Ostap Semerak.
"The Government has indeed approved a striking document, which will enable Ukraine to change the situation with waste disposal, in particular, domestic garbage. The National Waste Management Plan outlines not only the main steps for the next 10 years, but also applies the European approaches to reform in this area. In fact, Ukraine fulfills its direct commitments under the Association Agreement," Ostap Semerak explained.
The Minister recalled that this document is incredibly important for continuation of the implementation of the waste management reform that Ukraine started in 2017 by adopting the National Waste Management Strategy until 2030. International experts who shaped similar reforms in the European Union were involved in its elaboration.
At the same time, the Minister stressed that the concrete results of the waste management reform could be felt by Ukrainian citizens after the approval of regional waste management plans, which regions should develop in the framework of the implementation of the National Waste Management Plan.
Ostap Semerak noted that it will also be necessary to adopt sectoral laws that will enable Ukraine to introduce a new model of waste management, which involves minimization and reuse.
At present, the draft law on waste management is undergoing the last stages of approval.
It should be noted that in 2017 the Government approved the National Waste Management Strategy, which outs in practice European principles for handling all different types of waste: solid domestic, industrial, construction, hazardous, agricultural waste, etc.
The waste management reform offered by the Government envisages introduction of circular economy and greater responsibility, which should encourage businesses to minimize waste generation and to recycle it, and also it encapsulates introduction of a five-tier waste management structure existing in the European Union.