Important tasks identified in area of cleanliness of territories and public health

Tashkent, Uzbekistan ( -- The President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev held a meeting on 9 August on environmental protection and development of a system for collecting and processing domestic waste.

Over the past 7 months, the enterprises of "Toza Hudud", organized in the system of the State Committee for Ecology and Environmental Protection, managed to generate income of 49 billion soums. Waste treatment plants are being built on the ground. By the end of the year, it is expected that the level of coverage of the population with waste disposal services will reach 62 percent.

It was noted that despite this, the work carried out in this direction is not enough, it is necessary to take a number of measures.

Instructions are given to purchase 500 units of special equipment for 100% coverage of services for waste disposal, wide implementation in the sphere of public-private partnership, implementation of payments from the population of the Bureau of Forced Execution.

Particular attention is paid to waste processing. It was noted that in Akhangaran region, jointly with the South Korean company Sezhin, a project worth US$55 million was started, which will allow to receive biogas at the waste landfill and generate 16 megawatts of electricity, enough to supply 10,000 homes.

The President pointed to the need to attract foreign investment in the sphere, to develop new investment projects for the processing of waste and to obtain energy from them.

"It is necessary to introduce a widely used principle in the world, which says: “who pollutes, he pays”. That is, the costs for the disposal of waste generated in the production process must be borne by the manufacturing enterprises. These expenses should not fall on the shoulders of people,” Shavkat Mirziyoyev said.

Instructions were given for updating the material and technical base of the landscaping offices, putting waste landfills in order in accordance with sanitary requirements. The tasks on proper operation of special equipment, electronic monitoring of its movement along the established route, correct calculation of the revenues from services, and training of personnel were determined.

It was noted that the culture of throwing out waste in specially designated places for this purpose, observance of cleanliness in public places has not yet been fully formed in the society. In this regard, it was noted the need to develop a draft law that provides for effective mechanisms to hold accountable for pollution of territories.

The meeting heard the information of the responsible persons and gave corresponding instructions.

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