One of the six planned solid waste collection stations was opened last week in Kyzyl-Suu village of Jety-Oguz district. The event took place within the Green Point Project, implemented by Jashyl bilik Public Foundation with the financial support of Kumtor Gold Company (KGC).
The project is aimed at promotion of green economy and waste segregation. It is expected that the project will provide 25 permanent jobs and attract around 200 young persons in the summer period for securing uninterrupted collection stations functioning. About 10 environmental activities are expected to be held during the project implementation, including clean-up days, improving recreational areas as well as cleaning of the bottom of the lake at certain areas.
The project is directed not only for environment protection, it develops social entrepreneurship – Issyk-Kul residents can gain additional income by returning recyclables. Activists will collect plastic, glass and paper at the initial stages of the project.
It is expected that the project will launch manufacturing of eco-products on the basis of the technical vocational education and training schools. Three workshops for the production of tanks for waste collection, Bicycle Parking, eco and paper bags will be launched. Eco project will cover both southern and northern shores, collection points will be established in Bokonbaevo, Kadjy-Say, Balykchy, Cholpon-Ata and Karakol. KGC will contribute around 8 million soms for the implementation of the two-year project.
“We made not big, but confident step in the battle with waste. It is important to understand that kind of wastes as glass, for example, fully disintegrates within minimum 100 years and maximum 400 years. Specifically the plastic bags are dangerous, we use them every day, and they can stay for centuries and become the consequence of the climate change or negatively influence humans’ health. None of human created plastic products dissolved naturally to our days. If we introduce the wastes segregation, start recycling materials and reuse them, it will be a great achievement. I appeal to all caring citizens to contribute to development of waste segregation principle”- noted the coordinator of the Green Point Project, Dmitry Andreev.
“Waste management plays a great role for our Company, we would like to promote the idea of caring attitude towards resources not only in our Company, where 90% of wastes are recycled. One of the priorities of our social investments are environment initiatives, therefore we gladly support the Green Point Project in order to popularize waste segregation in the Issyk-Kul region”, – stated Aktilek Tungatarov, KGC Sustainable Development Director.