Waste Management

22 Листопада 2019

(ENG) Ukraine’s municipal waste is overflowing its landfills, while recycling has nothing but room for growth. Industrial waste is a much bigger problem, but municipal garbage is growing at an alarming rate. Ukraine’s 42 million people produce more than 36 million tons of garbage per year as of 2018 and 93 percent of it is trucked away to Ukraine’s landfills. By comparison, European Union countries landfill an average of 27 percent of municipal waste. Landfill waste releases toxins that seep into soil and groundwater. Accidental fires and intentional waste burning by people spews dozens of toxic chemicals into the air. Meanwhile, Ukraine’s recycling companies import sorted garbage to stay profitable.