Air pollution in Tashkent and other cities of Uzbekistan exceeds sanitary standards

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February 3, 2018

Air pollution in Tashkent and other cities of Uzbekistan exceeds sanitary standards

At the meeting, held on February 2 under the chairmanship of President Shavkat Mirziyoyev, instruction was given on introducing clusters for collection and processing of waste in 9 cities of the country this year. Activity of a cluster organized in Surkhandarya region was given as an example.

The task was set on development of a roadmap for concluding agreements with investors, preparing documentation and financing implementation of waste management projects in Fergana valley, Jizzakh, Syrdarya and Tashkent regions.

The issue of systemic organization of activity on utilization of household waste was also discussed. The need of introducing incentive mechanisms for legal entities and individuals involved in collection, recycling or handing over for processing the unused plastic, polyethylene and other packaging materials was noted.

The need for strengthening state supervision in the sphere of environment pollution prevention was noted. For example, the air pollution level exceeds the sanitary standards by an average of 2,7 times in such industrial cities as Andijan, Angren, Bukhara, Navoi, Fergana, Almalyk, Bekabad, Chirchik, Tashkent and Nukus.

In this connection, responsible persons of the State Committee on Ecology and Environmental Protection have been entrusted with the task to develop a National Concept on Protection of the Environment, on the basis of international experience.