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We know how to collect waste held in Masty by the EU/UNDP project

We know how to collect waste held in Masty by the EU/UNDP project

Last week, the environmental event We know how to collect waste organized by the EU/UNDP project Support to the development of a comprehensive framework for international environmental cooperation in the Republic of Belarus in cooperation with Masty district executive committee and local schools participating in the Green Schools programme was held in Masty (Hrodna region) within the information campaign for separate waste collection.
In the beginning of the event the children were told why sorting of hazardous waste is so important, how to prolong the life of batteries and where to discard them after they are used up. Both children and adults do not always know which waste is regarded as hazardous and how to sort it correctly. Our life is impossible without electronic devices. Toys, remote controls, cell phones, tablets, laptops and computers - they all use various kinds of power sources - nickel-cadmium, lithium-ion, alkaline batteries of different types and sizes. After they are used up, metals contained in batteries can migrate into the environment and get into a human or animal body. A single battery is capable of polluting up to 1 cubic meter of soil if it ends up in the environment. It is practically impossible to recover it from the waste buried in a landfill which is why it is very important to collect batteries after they are used up.
After the ‘theoretical' part all school children were invited to put together special cardboard containers for battery collection and then to decorate them or to write their wishes to adults and other children. The participants of the event took the children's best works to Minsk.
It should recalled that within the project three points for receiving hazardous waste were opened on the premises of the production facilities of Masty Housing and Public Utilities company. Now the town residents have the possibility to turn in used fluorescent lamps and batteries for safe storage.
In 2013 the EU/UNDP project together with local school children held the environmental event Collect separately. The aim of the event was to teach children to divide waste into 5 categories: plastic, paper, glass, bio and mixed wastes. The participants split into corresponding thematic teams and set off for ‘separate collection' of waste in the local recreational park located on the Nioman river bank in the center of the town part. After an hour of active cleaning the children managed to fill up several containers for separate waste collection.
For your information: The EU/UNDP project procured over 150 eurocontainers for separate collection of plastic, paper and glass; over 900 containers for organic (biodegradable) waste - food waste, vegetable remains, etc.; garbage trucks capable of handling such containers and a bulldozer to ensure environmentally safe burial of waste in a landfill spending a total of over 500 thousand US dollars. Moreover, the project upgraded the existing waste sorting station procuring a new sorting line, a baling press, three press containers, a perforator for cutting PET bottles, a telescopic handler for on-site operations, a tractor with a front loader to work with towing and detachable gear, a bucket-type sifting grinder, and a compost agitator for efficient handling of biodegradable waste. The procurement amount totaled over 380 000 US dollars.
For more detailed information please contact us by phone: +375 17 2679623, +375 44 7865556 or by e-mail: alena.sedach@undp.org. Contact person - Elena Sedach, Project PR-specialist.


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