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15On 11 May, the EU Ambassador, Piotr Świtalski, participated in the opening of a facility that produces construction materials from plastic waste in Kapan. The facility was opened through the EU-funded “Introducing Construction Materials from Plastic Waste” (IES) Pilot Regional Development Programme (PRDP) project, which was launched in 2016. The facility will process plastic waste into materials using several technological processes and be mixed with sand on a production line.

2In order to supply the start-up with enough plastic waste, the project has created infrastructure for its separation and collection all the way down from Yeghegnadzor to Meghri, involving 9 communities in Vayots Dzor and Syunik marzes. The first batch of kerbstones and street tiles will be used to improve public spaces in those communities. The project’s budget is around €749,963, of which €509,978 has been provided by the European Union. The project is being implemented under the Pilot Regional Development Programme (PRDP) funded by the European Union and the Ministry of Territorial Administration and Development of the Republic of Armenia. It is expected that the project will end in June 2019.

23Ambassador Świtalski congratulated on the opening of the facility: “I am very happy to come here to show the successful implementation of this innovative project. Three years ago we were deciding which projects should be included in PRDP. When I saw this proposal I started having big misgivings – can it work? And I am really glad that you have proved that it can work. I want to thank everyone involved in this project. I am proud that Kapan is taking a lead, Kapan is developing a project which is innovative and tackles environmental problems”.

ARS_4701Norayr Harutyunyan, the Head of the Project, presented the processes taking place at the facility: “At the end of 2018 we started the renovation of the facility, which lasted 2 months. We had already got all the equipment. On 3 March, we invited specialists from Russia to train our workers from the social security service. As a result, 11 of those trained have been working with us since 10 March. Workers have acquired skills, and all of the machines are working correctly. We have already got the first samples and will start the renovation in Kapan. We hope that, by the end of the year, we will work in two shifts and have up to 22 employees”.