How to solve the problem of waste sorting in Ukraine

In spite of the fact that on January 1, 2018, a legislative regulation which provides for an obligatory waste sorting came into force, in reality, nothing has changed and we have not begun to sort the waste on a massive scale. “This has not happen, because not a single law determines who should pay for the separate collection of waste,” explains Samopomich MP Aliona Babak.

She continues, “Installment of containers for glass, plastic, paper, wood, building materials, etc. costs money. Moreover, it is necessary to ensure that each container is taken out by a different refuse collector vehicle to the appropriate processing station.”

Therefore, in order to make sure that the regulation on waste sorting really works, the Verkhovna Rada should adopt a draft law whose co-author is Aliona Babak and which clearly spells out the mechanism of financing separate collection of waste. The MP explains that the law provides for the principle of extended responsibility of producers.

She emphasizes, “For example, the law stipulates that all manufacturers of commercial products in glass packaging should create a non-profit organization called the organization of extended responsibility. They will unite and pay for the installation of containers, will cover the compensation for utility companies, which deal with the removal of waste, and the costs associated with the very removal of waste to the relevant processing stations. In the end, this will allow people to reduce the amount of payment for utilities. This is the key thing.”

Aliona Babak is convinced: the draft law must be voted for in the parliament hall. “The law received the approval of the committee and the Chief Expert Department. It fully complies with the National Strategy for Waste Management and is supported by all business associations that now exist in Ukraine.”

Alona Babak
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