On March 1, the Parliament of Georgia, in the Committee on Environment and Natural Resources of the Parliament of Georgia, held a hearing on the Municipal Waste Management Report for 2019-2020.
The report was prepared by the Chair organisation of the Coordinating Council of the Georgian National Platform, the Georgian Green Movement / Friends of the Earth Georgia.
Georgian Green Movement / Friends of the Earth Chairman Nino Chkhobadze noted at the meeting that the project continues to monitor waste management issues in local self-governments. “There are challenges on the ground, where help is needed and what legislative changes may be needed.”
At the meeting, project expert Akaki Panchulidze spoke in detail about the expected results of the implementation of the municipal waste management plan. Noted that amendments to the Waste Management Code will be made by the end of 2022; Also, technical regulations will be developed on the management of decommissioned vehicles and packaging waste; Economic-technical justification research will be conducted for three new regional sanitary landfills and recycling stations; By the end of the year, the first sanitary landfill will be opened in Adjara, and a closed landfill in Tsnori.
The meeting was chaired by Maia Bitadze, Chairperson of the Committee on Environment and Natural Resources of the Parliament of Georgia, who noted that inert waste management is a priority for the Committee and will start working on legislative changes in September to regulate inert waste management.
At the meeting, information was also heard about the updated waste management strategy for 2020-2030 and the development of an action plan for 2022-2026.