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Uzbekistan plans to attract $100 mln ADB loan for project on household waste recycling

3 August 2012

http://www.waste-management-world.com of 8/3/2012 - Uzbekistan before the end of 2012 plans to raise a loan of Asian Development Bank (ADB) in the amount of $ 100 million for the project of sorting and recycling of solid household waste in Tashkent, a representative of Tashkent administration told Trend on Friday.

According to the representative, Tashkent administration together with its subordinate department 'Special transport' specializing in the export of waste, agreed with ADB on a loan of $ 100 million for the purchase of necessary transportation and equipment for modernization of solid waste management.

In January 2012, ADB provided Tashkent administration with a grant of $750,000 to develop a feasibility study. ADB plans to consider an application for a loan in late 2012.

Under the project in 2012-2016 it's planned to update the fleet of garbage trucks, to open 520 new protected areas for garbage collection, as well as to deliver about seven thousand 750-liter containers.

According to the city administration, the current fleet of garbage trucks has been used for more than 14 years with a 10-year average period of their operation. Specialized machinery in Tashkent annually on average remove about 550-600 thousand tons of waste.

From 1 August Tashkent introduced new rules for sorting, collection and orderly removal of waste. The rules require sorting of household waste by five species. Place for the collection and storage of waste must comply with sanitary standards and requirements and shall be equipped with the necessary number of containers for different waste types.

At the same time, from August 1, the Special transport company " increased on average 1.3 times the rates for waste collection to the public, organizations and enterprises of Tashkent. In particular, the cost of services for the removal of solid waste for the capital's population grew by 36.4 per cent - up to 1,500 soums per person per month.

The official exchange rate is 1904.90 soums to $ 1.