|National Strategy on solid waste management is being prepared|
Concept Paper Workshop on National Solid Waste Management Strategy was organized by the Ministry of Economy and Industry. Representatives of different governmental bodies, international organizations and consultancies took a part in this event.
Sahil Babayev, deputy minister of the Ministry of Economy and Industry, director of the Project Management Team of “Integrated Solid Waste Management Project” noted in his speech that environmental protection, the protection of pulic health, modernization and reconstruction of solid waste management are priority directions in our country. He highlighted that, in accordance with the Order of the President of Azerbaijan Republic, “Tamiz Shahar” OJSC was created for the purposes of disposal and placement of municipal solid waste in capital city, solid waste sorting plant and waste to energy plant was operated in the Balakhani Settlement. Currently, Eco-Industrial Park is being established in Balakhani.
Garadagh and Surakhany landfills were fully rehabilatated, Greater Baku Strategy on solid waste management and report on optimization of the system for collection and transportation of solid waste in Baku city was prepared, implementation of an electronic information system of waste was launched, 41 largest illegal dumpsites in Baku city and its surronding areas were closed, 3239 waste containers of various sizes and 29 waste trucks were equiped for improving collection and transportation system in the capital, within the framework of “Integrated Solid Waste Management Project” since 2009 by Ministry of Economy and Industry and World Bank.
Reconstruction works of Balakhani landfill, as well as preparation of National Solid Waste Management Strategy, Feasibility studies and Regional Investment Plan were conducted during the second phase of the project covering 2014-2016 years. For this purpose, consortium of international consulting companies have been involved and studies have been conducted to define the composition and volume of waste in 11 pilot areas in order to study the current situation of solid waste management in our country, researches have been carried on country`s road network, relief, geological, topographic and hydrogeological characteristics, and network of rivers and lakes, statistical data from various government agencies,and surveys from regions and cities have been analyzed. Basing on this information, consulting company has proposed the creation of a network of regional sanitary landfill and transfer stations, as an optimal choice of establishment of transportation, collection and disposal system on sustainable management of solid waste in the country, and prepared draft concept paper reflecting selection and development scenarios on legal, administrative, financial, institutional and technological reforms in the field. Taking into account opinions and suggestions of relevant government agencies, final project of National Strategy on solid waste management will be prepared basing on concept paper.
Larisa Leshchenko, World Bank Country Manager for Azerbaijan, noted about multifaceted cooperation between World Bank and Azerbaijan and its successful continuation in a number of areas and shared her views on the project.
Zakir Ibrahimov, Chairman of the Board of “Tamiz Shahar” OJSC mentioned in his speech about activities of this body, spoke about the work done in the field of waste disposal and deployment.
Then, presentations were made on the current situation of solid waste management in Azerbaijan and future targets of this field, goals of National Solid Waste Management Strategy and Concept paper. Relevant agencies expressed their opinions and suggestions on the draft document Concept paper.