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Uzbekistan plans to attract ADB loan for modernization of municipal waste utilization system

16 November 2012

http://en.trend.az of 11/16/2012 - Uzbekistan intends to raise a loan of Asian Development Bank (ADB) in the amount of $ 400 million for the modernization of municipal waste utilization system, a source in the government circles of the country told Trend on Friday.

The project with an estimated cost of about $500 million is provided for the modernization of solid waste management in Tashkent and in eight regions of the country.

Uzbekistan will provide $100 million in the equivalent at the expenses of the state budget.

Waste processing companies are planning to refresh garbage trucks fleet and equipment, build new protected areas for differentiated waste collection in the frame of the budget.

ADB has provided a grant of $700,000 for the feasibility study of the project in December 2011. Currently, representatives of the ADB and the government discuss the project details. At the conclusion of the negotiation process, presumably in the spring of next year, the project will be sent to the leadership of the ADB, the source said.

More than 100 million tons of industrial waste and 35 million tones of household waste formed annually. There are more than two billion tones of industrial, construction and domestic waste are at rubbish storage on site, occupying a total area of ??12 hectares.

Currently the Legislative Chamber of the Uzbek Parliament is considering amendments to the Law On Waste.

In particular, we plan to make the provisions of the law on the promotion of the implementation of activities related to the collection and recycling of waste.