Plans have been made to build a large waste recycling plant at the border of Smolevichi District and Borisov District. The enterprise will utilize a complete production cycle, BelTA learned from Nikolai Svirsky, Head of the Beautification and Secondary Material Resources Department of the state enterprise Minsk Oblast Utilities.
As much as €65 million in foreign direct investments will be spent on building the waste recycling plant. The enterprise will be built by a German company, which representatives are already busy carrying out the initial work. In particular, work is in progress to allocate a land plot as large as 4-5ha to build the enterprise. The turn-key project will be implemented within 18-24 months. The preparation of all the necessary documents will begin in January 2017.
The future waste recycling plant is supposed to recycle 250,000 tonnes of solid municipal waste per annum. In line with the investment contract Minsk Oblast will supply raw materials to be processed such as automobile tires and scrap plastic that will be used to make granules, bits and pieces. These products will be exported to be used as raw materials for some other manufacturing process. Apart from that, the waste recycling plant will use waste to produce biogas and consequently electricity and heat energy. According to Nikolai Svirsky, electricity will be transferred into the regional power grid. Negotiations are underway to sell heat energy to the Belarusian car factory BelGee. As an alternative the possibility of building greenhouses to grow vegetables is under consideration.
The Zhodino city landfill for stockpiling solid municipal waste also takes some of the waste from Borisov District and Smolevichi District. The company that will implement the investment project to build the waste recycling plant expects that the Zhodino city landfill will be shut down within ten years. Representatives of the investors have come up with a preliminary logistics scheme for delivering waste to the future waste recycling plant. As for how much waste the new facility will be able to get, Borisov District will send about 100,000 tonnes of solid municipal waste per annum, the city of Zhodino will supply 60,000-70,000 tonnes, and Smolevichi District will deliver about 45,000 tonnes. The new enterprise may also take some of the waste from the China-Belarus industrial park Great Stone. The Head of the Beautification and Secondary Material Resources Department of the state enterprise Minsk Oblast Utilities specified that waste transshipping stations will be set up in Berezina District, Krupki District, and Logoisk District as part of the logistics chain. The waste recycling plant will use its own trucks to reach the transshipping stations to take away waste.
A government program on collecting and processing secondary raw materials was adopted in Belarus in 2009. Waste recycling plants are being built and separate waste collection practices are encouraged. The measures will allow increasing the extraction of secondary resources from municipal waste.