Kazakhstan Tio Launch $10.4 Million State-of-the-art Recycling Facility In 2017

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Kazakhstan has announced the launch of its new recycling centre, fully running on green energy. According to media reports, the new $10.4 million recycling plant will be the first of its kind in the country and is expected to become operational by 2017. German Eggersmann Anlagenbau GmbH is the main investor and contractor of the project. It is built with the assistance of ECONEP, a Kazakh-German enterprise and a number of foreign investors.

The recycling plant will be located in Akmola, a centrally located region of Kazakhstan. The facility will occupy around 11 hectares of land and will have capacity to process up to 60,000 tonnes of waste per annum. Incidentally, the country generates approximately 100 million tonnes of municipal solid waste every year, out of which only around 2% is recycled, with the rest dumped into landfills. The functioning of the new plant will contribute towards improvement of country’s ecological state and stand as an ideal recycling model which could be implemented in other regions of the country.

The construction of the plant is expected to be completed by mid-2017. Once operational, it will have two shifts of around 20 employees each. The facility will have biogas unit, a separate unit for composting and processing biological waste and a state-of-the-art sorting line. The facility will employ latest energy-saving technologies and will run on green energy.

Earlier during this year, Kazakh Minister of Environment and Water Resources Nurlan Kapparov had announced a program to modernize solid household waste management. As part of the program, the government had announced plans to increase the number of sanitary landfills in Kazakhstan to 50% and collection of solid wastes to 90% by 2020. As ultimate goal, it had aimed at increasing the share of sanitary landfills to 100% by 2020. It had also declared that the share of waste used to produce green energy will be increased from 5% in 2020 to 30% by 2050.

Municipal solid waste is considered to be a serious problem for Kazakhstan, with largely populated areas generating significant amounts. As per estimates, the average accumulation per person in large cities is from 1.3 to 2.2 m3. City of Almaty is considered to be the largest producer of waste of all types. All municipal waste of Almaty is stored on the territory of the landfill, located 7 km from the city. The existing Almaty plant, processing municipal solid waste, is not operational for the last three years.

Lack of funds with the budgetary organizations to pay for services on waste collection has practically resulted in no collection. Consequently, profitability of enterprises engaged in waste collection has reduced. Currently there is practically no processing of municipal solid waste on the territory of the Republic of Kazakhstan. As per statistics released earlier this year, there are 1426 waste management enterprises in the country, out of which only around 80 are operationally active. It is suggested that the country focus more on development of sustainable energy sources, increasing the incentives for renewable energy, best practices and solutions for the implementation and use of innovative technologies for the collection, sorting and recycling of various types of waste. In addition, new projects must be implemented on the production of energy from waste.