Vice Prime Minister Abramchenko urged to ban non-recyclable packaging

Deputy Prime Minister Viktoria Abramchenko said that Russia should ban non-recyclable packaging. According to her, this initiative is already being discussed by the government. By 2030, about 85% of the packaging of goods in the country is planned to be recyclable.

“It is necessary to ban – and we must not be afraid of this – non-recyclable and hard-to-remove packaging,” Ms Abramchenko said in an interview with the Russia 24 TV channel (quoted by TASS). As the Deputy Prime Minister clarified, the government is already “talking about this” within the framework of relevant legislative initiatives.

According to Victoria Abramchenko, Russia has a “monstrous amount of accumulated waste” – 8 billion tons annually. “We envisage the separation of useful fractions from all these wastes. These are secondary material resources, and we set ourselves the goal of making 85% of the packaging recyclable by 2030, ”she said.

As an example of material recycling, Ms. Abramchenko cited car tires that can be added in the form of crumbs to mixtures used in road construction, which would help ensure 100 percent tire utilization. “That is, we eliminate waste and build roads according to modern rules, and this results in environmentally friendly roads,” the Deputy Prime Minister added. In her opinion, it is possible to replace 50% of primary raw materials with secondary ones in road construction, agriculture and housing and communal services, industry, as well as in landscaping.

Earlier, Ms. Abramchenko said that 90% of waste in the country is sent to landfills for burial. The modernization of waste processing equipment in Russia was estimated at 1.1 billion rubles.

In Russia, the first part of the reform on the management of municipal solid waste has already been implemented: regional schemes for handling them have been created, operators have been selected, and tariffs have been set. The problem of garbage disposal has been discussed by the authorities since the beginning of the 2010s, when the rise in prosperity caused a significant increase in the burden on the opaque and outdated waste disposal system.

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