Swiss Ambassador to Armenia Lukas Gasser: Switzerland will try to contribute to a peaceful settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict without questioning the established formats such as the OSCE Minsk process
by Alexandr Avanesov
Eco Group (Sweden) and Sanitech (Libya) have won the Yerevan Municipality's tender and will deal with the issues of garbage disposal and sanitation in Yerevan starting from 1 April 2014. This will become the first step towards construction of a waste processing plant.
During the October 24 hearings at Media Center, Hovhannes Aharonyan, Head of the Garbage Disposal and Sanitation Department of the Yerevan Municipality, stressed that the matter concerns not only garbage disposal or waste processing but also application of European practices. The area of the Nubarashen dump in Yerevan is 52 ha and it has been piled with some 8 mln tons of solid domestic waste over the past few decades. "If we keep using it the way we do, it will last for 15 years only", he said.
Samvel Nazaryan, Coordinator of Urban Foundation Programs, said that within the next few days some 90 trash cans for plastic packages will be installed near the urban dump of Kapan. The plastic packages will then be taken to the storage to be tamped down. As a result, the total volume of the waste will decline by 20%. He added that according to a survey in Alaverdi, 85% of the residents agree to classify the garbage in case trash cans for plastic packages are installed. He added that the Swedish company offered the residents of one of the Alaverdi districts to classify the garbage and throw it into different trash cans, but the residents refused to do that. "Garbage disposal is a culture we unfortunately lack", he said.