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Waste management to be state-controlled from 2013

Analysis

Waste management will become a state-managed public service from January 1, 2013, to be performed exclusively by majority state-owned or municipally-owned companies, according to the draft bill on waste management published on the government website.

Waste collection licenses that are effective on January 1, 2012 -- when the new law is scheduled to take effect -- will lose their effect on September 30, 2012, and waste transport licenses on December 31, 2012, and the service will be taken over by state-owned or municipal companies.

Waste collection fees will be determined per property and per year by municipalities. Fees must cover the costs of the establishment of the state or municipality-owned waste management companies as well the expenses of their operation and the recultivation of closed landfills.

The bill says a selective collection system must be established for glass, metal, plastic and paper waste by 2015.

It envisages that the ratio of household waste recycling must be increased to 50% and recycling and reuse of non-hazardous construction waste raised to 70% by 2020.

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