Disposal of landfills is an important issue for the authorities
Minister of Ecology and Natural Resources of Ukraine Ostap Semerak is convinced that there is no utilizer on the market of hazardous waste that would perform its work qualitatively. He expressed this opinion on the air of ZIK TV.
“Each of us pays a municipal waste collection fee. State-owned enterprises conduct tenders to determine which of the companies will collect the waste, where it will be taken, disposed of or sorted. However, quite often local governments do not have information about landfills in their territory. This indicates that the local authorities were not going to solve the problem. We have to force them, ”Semerak stressed.
The Minister stated that in Ukraine today it is economically advantageous to bring garbage outside the city and simply throw it away.
“This is the main problem that needs to be addressed. If recycling becomes a profitable business, the situation will change dramatically immediately. There should be no funds for the disposal of hazardous waste in the state budget. Withdrawing such public money from the treasury is corruption. After all, the cost of production of enterprises includes disposal costs. Therefore, facilities that have used, for example, fluorescent lamps should be responsible for disposal. The same situation is with those companies that bring pesticides to Ukraine. They should also dispose of waste at their own expense, ”the Minister explained.
Ostap Semerak also added that there is no utilizer on the market that would perform its work qualitatively.
“There is no proper pesticide utilizer on the Ukrainian market. There is one company that is licensed and is now trying to prove that it will ever be able to do so. That is why there are over 8.5 thousand tons of agricultural agrochemicals stored in Ukraine today, which have been stored since the Soviet Union. In this case, it is necessary to develop a state program for such hazardous waste, ”said the Minister of Ecology and Natural Resources of Ukraine.
Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources of Ukraine informs