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  • Ostap Semerak: National Waste Management Plan undergoes expert discussion
    Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources of Ukraine, posted 05 June 2018 11:12

    The Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources together with international experts have been engaged in work on the first draft of the National Waste Management Plan for over six months. The document is currently under expert discussion. This was announced by Minister of Ecology and Natural Resources Ostap Semerak during a conference "The new waste management policy - basis for the closed-loop economy", which today, June 5, began in Kyiv.

    The Minister reminded that the ntional and regional waste management plans are binding in line with Ukraine's commitments to the EU. The main objectives of those are to implement in practice the National Waste Management Strategy, which became the first strategic document of the national level.

    "These are concrete steps to achieve the goals of the Strategy the Government adopted at the end of 2017, and the nationwide investment plan for attracting investors, who are, in particular, prepared and have experience in building waste recycling plants and putting in operation of modern waste segregation lines", Ostap Semerak explained.

    He noted that presently there is a big demand for this sector both on the part of international and Ukrainian businesses.  

    "We see it significant to continue the systemic implementation of the Strategy. The Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources has certain solutions in this direction. A team of international and Ukrainian experts are working on this topic for over a month. There is a package of bills in Parliament. That is, we have all the tools to launch a waste management reform", Ostap Semerak summed up, adding that an important mission in pursuing the reform was entrusted to the local authorities that are to gear up regional action plans to ensure the implementation of the National Waste Management Strategy.