Minsk plans to launch construction of waste recycling plant in 2011

Dremchuk, director general of the Public Utilities Company of the Minsk City Hall, told a session in the mayor’s office.

Currently two companies namely Swiss TDF Ecotech AG and Russia’s Environmental Alliance are showing interest in this project. Letters of intent and draft investment agreements have been signed with both the companies. Yet there is no agreement on one though crucial issue, which is the rate of tariffs for recycling municipal solid waste.

“The Swiss company proposes to construct a plant with the processing capacity of up to 350,000 tonnes of municipal solid waste per year. According to the company’s estimates, the project will require €90 million of capital investment, VAT excluded. The company is ready to invest to €100 million in the project if a joint venture is created. The city will contribute a land plot and finance the expenses on the infrastructure development, Nikolai Dremchuk said.

According to him, the current tariff for processing one tonne of waste in Minsk is €5. TDF suggests setting a tariff at €30, Environmental Alliance at €16. Specialists are now busy conducting market research on the proposed prices. It is possible that other company may be chosen as an investor. The talks have already been held with Chinese companies.

The main method used in the Belarusian capital to dispose of municipal waste is landfilling. There are four landfills in the capital. Two of them have been practically worked out, one does not function. However, according to experts, municipal solid waste contains up to 60% of secondary material resources: waste paper and cardboard, glass, plastics, metals, textiles, rubber and other things that are potential raw materials for industrial use. But now no more than 10-15% of secondary resources are retrieved as household waste is sorted.

Every year the capital produces about 1.7 million tonnes of solid waste, including around 700,000 municipal solid waste.

According to www.belta.by