Tajikistan: EU-funded project improves waste management system in Ayni district

AYNI, Tajikistan (TCA) — In the frame of its activities for environmental protection within the EU-funded project “Enhancing Water and Natural Resources Management and Protection in upper catchments of Zarafshon Watershed” the Italian organization Cesvi, being implementing partner of the Welthungerhilfe Consortium, collaborates with the local population in the target area for the establishment of improved waste management systems. The system that was set up and opened for usage in the area of Shome near Shurmashk village links now the four villages Pinyon, Shurmashk, Pasrud and Marghuzor to the final waste disposal site with a capacity for about 400 cubic meters of household waste, the Delegation of the European Union to Tajikistan reported.

Cesvi staff provided trainings for the village population on waste segregation and separate composting of organic waste in the frame of the planning process for the establishment of the improved waste management system, while being also in charge for the supervision of the construction of the waste deposit site in early 2020, aiming at reducing the unplanned disposal of household waste along the river sides and therefore also reducing the negative impact of such waste onto the health of local population.

The population of the four villages with support of Cesvi decided to conduct a public cleaning campaign in each village to initiate the opening and use of the established waste deposit site and the system in general. The population gathered dispersed waste in the villages and along river banks, and partly brought their household waste to be transported to the final disposal site. Approximately three cubic meters of waste was collected in the four villages and disposed at the new disposal site.

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