On 16 January, the EU donated equipment to improve the waste management system in the Puchavičy District near the Belarusian city of Marjina Horka. A new bulldozer, among other equipment received from the EU, will enable local housing and communal services to eliminate spontaneous landfills in the district and organise the collection of electronic and electrical waste in rural areas.
According to an EU press release, the Puchavičy District has a large number of garden associations, whose members often contribute to the creation of unauthorized landfills next to their partnerships. All this equipment will help to remove garbage, clean up littered areas and plant forests.
The equipment was donated as part of the EU-funded project “Strengthening Waste Management Services for the Rural Population of Puchavičy District”.
Since it began in January 2016, the project has helped develop an integrated waste management strategy in the Puchavičy District, and seven educational institutions have installed containers for composting organic waste. The project has also supported awareness raising about waste management among local residents.