Russia’s Prime-Minister, Dmitry Medvedev, confirmed the list of materials subject to be banned from burying on landfills, according to a decree published on the government’s legal information website.

From January 2019, burying of waste and scrap that contains heavy metals and other types of alloys, will be prohibited. Waste tires, mercury, mercury-quartz, fluorescent and LED lamps, some of the packing materials, thermometers that contain mercury, cardboards, paper packaging and labels – all these materials are supposed to be recycled from January 2019 on.

Starting from January 2021, the ban will include electronic waste, such as PCs, screens and monitors, ink cartridges, keyboards, etc. Cellphones, tape recorders, ATMs, waste lithium-ion batteries, copper cables and wires, hand dryers, electronic coffee makers, vacuum cleaners, lamps and air conditioners will also be prohibited from being landfilled. Moreover, Medvedev’s decree forbids burying freezers, cash registers and electric tools on landfills.

In the beginning of May, Russian newspaper “Vedomosti” informed about issuing the decree draft to ban burying waste by the Ministry of Environment. The Head of the Ministry, Sergey Donskoy, asserted that the ban intends to provide stimuli for secondary recycling development in Russia. According to Donskoy, one of the major threats for enviroment is high waste accumulation rate, as it significantly exceeds speed of waste recycling and utilization. He also said that in order to support recycling market development, the ban will be introduced gradually.

As specified by environment safety strategy, approximately 4 billion tons of waste are generated in Russia annually. In addition, landfilled waste accumulated over decades reached enormous quantities. Russia’s landfills take up to 4 million hectares space and pose threat to environment.

Article source: Rain TV