EU to assist Ukraine in waste management

22 March 2016, a new two-year Twinning project on the collection and recycling of e-waste and used batteries was officially launched at theMinister of Regional Development, Building and Housing and Communal Services of Ukraine, in presence of EU Ambassador Jan Tombinski, Austrian Ambassador Hermine Poppeller, French Ambassador  Isabelle Dumont, Commercial Councilor of the Spanish Embassy to Ukraine Jaime Ramón Fernández and Deputy Minister of the Ministry for Regional Development, Building & Housing of Ukraine, Roman Chuprynenko.

Every year, Ukraine has to dispose half a billion tons of wastes, including hundreds of tons of harmful e-waste that often contains hazardous substances (like heavy metals) that cause pollution and health problems. In the EU waste legislation, landfilling is the “least preferred option” and recycling is encouraged, in particular for waste containing harmful substances and valuable raw materials like e-waste. The aim of this twinning project is to bring the Ukrainian waste legislation closer to EU standards by introducing effective and sustainable collecting and recycling mechanisms, in particular for electronic waste (e-waste) and used batteries, a rapidly growing stream of household waste particularly harmful for people and the environment.

Ambassador Jan Tombinski: “We have to be wise with waste, reducing its negative impact on environment and human health. The EU is moving gradually to a recycling society, reducing waste and using it as a resource wherever possible. Circular economy can be a major source of economic growth and jobs creation one day also in Ukraine, as it is today in the EU.

This project will help familiarising stakeholders with European practices and recycling technologies for e-wastes and used batteries while fostering approximation of the Ukrainian legislation with relevant EU provisions, as foreseen in the Association Agreement. It is led, on the European side, by Austria (Environment Agency – Umweltbundesamt GmbH) in consortium with France (Office International de l’Eau) and Spain (Fundación Internacional y para Iberoamérica de Administración y Políticas Públicas – FIIAPP). On the Ukrainian side, its main beneficiary is the Minister of Regional Development, Building and Housing and Communal Services of Ukraine.

Background information:

Over the past decades, the EU has put in place a broad legislation on waste management that has resulted in a sharp decrease of air-, water- and soil-pollution in EU countries while boosting economic growth and jobs creation in waste collection and recycling sectors. Turning waste into a resource is one of the most important dimensions of the “circular economy” the European Union advocates for its own further development.

For more information, please contact Mr. Maksym Barinov at the Ministry of Regional Development, Building & Housing of Ukraine, and Resident Twinning Adviser Elina Velinova Stoyanova-Lazarova,

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