World Bank to lend Belarus $42.5 million for solid waste management

The World Bank will lend Belarus $42.5 million for a solid waste management project, BelaPAN reports.

An agreement for the lending was signed by representatives of the World Bank and the Belarusian government in Minsk on Monday.

While talking to reporters after the signing ceremony, World Bank Resident Representative Ivan Velev said that of the amount $37 million would be allocated for the construction of a waste separation plant in Hrodna.

In addition, the Belarusian authorities will receive a $5.5-million grant from the Global Environment Facility for the management of pesticides and persistent organic pollutants.

Alyaksandr Rachewski, head of the international cooperation unit at the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection, said that the first stage of the project would see some 1,050 tons of toxic substances and 840 tons of toxic equipment removed from a dumping ground near Slonim, Hrodna region, and brought out of the country.

The project also provides for the creation of a database of persistent organic pollutants and the strengthening of a system to control and monitor the content of POPs in the environment and human body.