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INFORMATION MEETING ON INDUSTRIAL WASTE MAPPING IN THE SLAVUTA CITY TERRITORIAL COMMUNITY

 

On November 24, 2021 an information meeting was held online on industrial waste mapping (IWM) for enterprises from the Slavuta City Territorial Community within the “Circular Economy and New Growth Opportunities” component of the EU-funded “EU4Environment” Action in Ukraine. It was another meeting of the representatives of the Slavuta City Territorial Community (CTC), industrial companies, local authorities and departments, environmental experts, representatives of UNIDO and Sweco (Sweden). The event focused on learning about the results of industrial waste management activities, discussing lessons learned, benefits and new opportunities from waste mapping for industrial enterprises in the target CTC.

Vasyl Sydor, Slavuta Mayor, opened the event with a welcoming address and thanked everyone for the interest shown in waste mapping, the activity of the RECP Centre’s experts in the implementation of this project. Also, the Mayor hopes to receive the outcomes of the work done in the community.

Tatiana Chernyavskaya, Project Coordinator, Industrial Resource Efficiency Division, Directorate for Environment and Energy, UNIDO, in her welcoming speech on behalf of UNIDO noted that co-joint work with the industrial enterprises and with the local and central government agencies actually are targeting one goal and that is reducing waste generation, and efficient use of resources in productions. Environmental issues are important for humanity and that is why they are on the Global Agenda. A system of rational waste management will also contribute to addressing the environmental crisis in the world, so industrial enterprises should consider introducing circular practices in resource management. As there is a scarcity of resources on the planet, waste minimization and finding ways and means to recycle and reuse them are the priority issues.

In the core part of the meeting, Valerii Pavshuk, Technical Advisor of the Resource Efficient and Cleaner Production Centre, went into details about the RECP Center’s activities on waste mapping and data collection in the selected communities. He reminded about the implementation of three tasks of the “Circular Economy and New Growth Opportunities” component of the EU4Environment Action in Ukraine. Then in a nutshewll V. Pavshuk told about the selection of 2 pilot communities (Davydiv VTC in Lviv region and Slavuta ATC in Khmelnytskyi region) were selected from 17 submitted communities wishing to join the project on IWM. He also familiarized the participants with the algorithm of activities with production enterprises in the region to collect baseline information, namely the sources of waste, the distribution of volume and value, sorting, the analysis of each segment (wood, plastic, organics, etc.) according to the waste hierarchy. The data collected in the summary table were handed over for processing to specialists from the Swedish company Sweco, which have strong experience in designing sustainable communities and cities of the future.

Afterwards, Emma Danielson, the main consultant of Sweco (Sweden), took the floor. She made a substantial presentation and went in details about the analysis of the collected data for IWM, processing the data and producing preliminary results. As part of her work, she offered potential benefits and opportunities for manufacturing enterprises in the Slavuta MTG concerning waste reuse and getting profit as a result. Emma Danielson noted that because of some data lacking, the results of the study were partly based on assumptions. In the last slide of her presentation, she offered opportunities for solving waste management issues, which were provided by the community enterprises themselves during the communication with the Centre’s experts.

Active participants joined the discussion of the key presentation, including Vasyl Sydor (Slavuta Mayor), Halyna Darchyk (head of economic development at the executive committee of Slavuta City Council), Roman Bilyi (representative of “Slavuta Malt Plant, PJSC “), Kateryna Savchuk (Khmelnytskyi Regional Development Agency), Alastair Carruth (the expert on circular economy and waste mapping, SWECO). The latter advised the participants to take advantage of the recycling best practices provided in Emma Danielson’s presentation, or better yet, to think about reorganizing their operations so that waste is avoided and prevented, because then the second phase (recycling) is no longer needed.

In general, we would like to mark the active involvement of Slavuta CTC management and the enterprises in the project. They not only provided baseline data for mapping, but also took the initiative by submitting their very vital proposals. For example, Roman Bilyi proposed to develop a classification of wastes in Ukraine according to the criteria of safe/hazardous, and the representative of Public Utility “Slavuta-Service” demonstrated a leaflet on waste disposal methods, which is distributed among residents of the city. In addition, we would like to thank Vasyl Sydor, the Mayor, who shows considerable interest in the project and is very concerned about the environmental situation in the community. He encourages industrial enterprises to use the latest innovations and best European practices in the domain of waste management in Khmelnytskyi region.

A total of 24 participants joined the event.

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Waste management includes the activities and actions required to manage waste from its generation to its final disposal. This includes the collection, transport, treatment and disposal of waste, together with the monitoring and regulation of the waste management process and waste-related laws, technologies, and economic mechanisms. An efficient waste management system creates an increased business value. This contributes to the sustainability of manufacturing industries and the promotion of economic opportunities.

*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.