Hazardous and toxic waste plant to be built in Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan, Astana, Jan. 15 / Trend L. Podolyak /

At present, "SUEZ Environnement" company (France) develops a feasibility study to construct a plant to recycle and dispose hazardous and toxic waste and pollution in Kazakhstan, the Environmental Protection Ministry said. This work is conducted within the Memorandum of Understanding, signed between "SUEZ Environnement" and the ministry in May 2011.

According to the ministry, at present, all possible variants were developed to recycle and dispose hazardous waste. The state of accumulated volumes, as well as waste in the enterprises of the country was examined. Moreover, the possibility of recycling the obsolete pesticides accumulated in agriculture, as well as medical and biological waste was considered.

According to French experts, hazardous and toxic wastes accumulated in Kazakhstan can be destroyed by using the latest technologies.

"The experts proposed a comprehensive approach to resolve the problems of hazardous and toxic waste," a statement said.

Kazakhstan ratified the UN Stockholm Convention on "Persistent Organic Pollutants". According to the basic provisions of this Convention, Kazakhstan is obliged to destroy persistent organic pollutant-containing waste until 2028. According to the preliminary estimates, more than 250 tons of persistent organic pollutant-containing waste have been accumulated in Kazakhstan.

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