Whose interests does the new loaning project of Nubarashen landfill site serves, whether it meets the requirements of Yerevan residents and what we will have, if we spend these 26 million Euros? These issues were raised during the discussion of'Garbage for Money: Yerevan Solid Household wastes' project held at EcoLur Press Club on 14 April.
The presenters screened ‘Loaning History of Yerevan Landfill Site’ shot by EcoLur, which presents Yerevan Deputy Mayor Vahe Nikoyan’s attitude towards Yerevan solid waste project, as the representative of Yerevan Municipality, while in Aram Gabrielyan’s opinion, expert of ‘Khazer’ environmental and cultural NGO, the project shall be revised, as we shall gradually refuse from the landfill site as such.
The solid project of Yerevan, particularly, plans the construction of a new landfill site adjacent to Nubarashen landfill site, purchase of professional means and equipment and isolation of the surface of the existing landfill site.
The discussion participants outlined that for year the methane gas accumulated in Nubarashen landfill site has been burnt down and we all incur losses, as we have been deprived of the opportunity to get electricity. The problem is that Shimizu company was rejected to use the whole territory of the landfill site by providing only 7 ha and refused them to use the opportunity to receive electricity from the biogas.
It was also mentioned that the largest omission of this loaning project is the absence of sorting and recycling components, so it turns out that garbage will be collected for 30 years.
For the purposes of the construction of a new urban landfill site in Yerevan, Yerevan Municipality has received a loan of 16 million Euros from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and a grant of 10 million Euros from the EU and E5P Fund (The Eastern Energy Efficiency and Environment Partnership).
The discussion was organized by ‘Khazer’ environmental and cultural NGO with the support of “EcoLur” Informational NGO and funded by Global GreenGrant Fund.
18:40 April 14, 2017