Waste Mapping has started in Ukraine within the framework of “Circular Economy and New Growth Opportunities” Component of the EU-funded “EU4Environment” Action. The Resource Efficient and Cleaner Production Centre (RECP Centre) is the national partner for United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) in implementing this component.
The main purpose of waste mapping is identification, assessment and mapping waste generation at industrial enterprises in the selected pilot communities in order to develop resource efficiency measures based on circular economy practices.
17 amalgamated territorial communities (ATC) from all over Ukraine submitted their applications regarding participation in the pilot waste mapping project. The experts from RECP Centre and Swedish company SWECO selected Slavutska city ATC in Khmelnytska oblast and Davydivska rural territorial community in Lvivska oblast for this pilot project. The key criteria for the final selection were as follows: information on the main types of waste (including hazardous waste) within the community, available industrial waste and capacities to recycle or combust waste.
The first kick-off stakeholders’ meeting on waste mapping brought together representatives from the communities, enterprises, municipalities, UNIDO, experts from SWECO and RECP Centre on April 27, 2021. During the meeting, the participants got familiar with types of waste for mapping in this project and outlined next steps for active work towards sustainable industrial waste management.
Ms. Kateryna Savchuk, Director, Regional Development Agency of Khmelnytskyi oblast opened the meeting and pointed out that joining efforts of authorities and the public, as well as familiarization with the best practices and action plans for waste management should become the key to success and opening up new horizons for the development of the region.
Ms. Tatiana Chernyavskaya, Project Coordinator, Industrial Resource Efficiency Division, Directorate for Environment and Energy, UNIDO highlighted, “Besides recycling and waste utilization there is also a way to prevent the massive generation of waste, and this is the efficient use of resources within the RECP concept. By implementing this project in Ukraine, UNIDO hopes to establish a dialogue between communities, businesses and local governments, which will help Ukraine become successful and boost its transition to circular economy”.
Mr. Alastair Carruth, SWECO specialist in circular economy and waste mapping, made his presentation and shared his experience about the similar work done in other countries (Great Britain, the Netherlands) and noted, “There are no universal recommendations, manuals, textbooks or special regulations in waste management in the world. Each time for me it is a new work, always creative approach, new modelling, and taking into account past experience and all peculiarities of new terrain in a new project”.
During the discussion, Mr. Vasyl Sydor, Slavuta Mayor, noted the interest of the community towards the waste mapping and its willingness to provide necessary information to regulate waste management.
A number of verified technologies in waste and garbage recycling as well as other findings in waste management were presented by Davydivska community during the event.
The next step for 2 selected ATCs in waste mapping will be to collect data from 10-15 companies from each community to identify the type of waste and its quantity, storage and transportation, treatment and disposal of industrial waste. These data will be then systematized and analysed.
Industrial waste mapping will help improve the waste management process in both communities and facilitate increasing economic opportunities and reducing the negative impact on the environment.
*The online event was organized within the frame of EU4Environment Programme funded by the European Union and implemented by a consortium of international partners, including OECD, UNIDO, UN Environment, UNECE and the World Bank.