Russian authorities are preparing a ban on the use of non-recyclable materials and products made from them, Deputy Prime Minister Victoria Abramchenko said at an international environmental forum on Friday.
The ban, she said, will include colored plastic, plastic tubes, cotton swabs and disposable plastic dishes.
“We need to make a high-quality and quick breakthrough in this direction, so that by 2024 citizens will feel a visible result,” RBC quotes Abramchenko. The Deputy Prime Minister added that amendments to the legislation are already being prepared.
The government’s plan is to quickly put in place a system in which a useful portion of plastic materials will be recycled.
We plan to involve in circulation up to 50% of secondary raw materials from waste in construction, agriculture, and industry. As a result, the volume of burials by 2030 will be halved, ”said the Deputy Prime Minister.
Initially, the authorities planned to solve the problem with landfills growing to the skies and overcrowded landfills that had long exhausted their capacity by building waste incineration plants.
But in February, the government rejected the mega-project of Rostec and VEB worth 1.3 trillion rubles.
The state corporation and the state bank planned to build 25 waste incineration points, converting waste into electricity – 1.5 GV. The Cabinet of Ministers considered the project too expensive, but the officials have time to think. In 32 regions, the capacity of landfills will be exhausted by 2024, and in 17 of them – by 2022, the Accounts Chamber previously warned.
The situation is close to “close to critical”, wrote the auditors of the joint venture, since “most regions simply do not have the opportunity to create new landfills.”
Now in Russia there are 8,323 landfills, of which 916 are located within urban districts.