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^1D207D86EAEE6BB491C7CFDE4094651D40F8A12DD6944C043C^pimgpsh_fullsize_distrArmenia has not yet fully implemented the waste sorting policy. According to a study conducted by the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) in 2016, plastic containers, bottles and bags are the main polluters of water in Armenia. 5000 tonnes of polyethylene waste are collected in the country each year. Based on the average data for the recent years, more than 622 tonnes of polyethylene bags are imported to Armenia and 201 tonnes produced in the country annually.

However, in Kapan, Syunik marz, plastic waste will not only be sorted, but also prepared for recycling and re-use in the construction sector. This will become possible thanks to the “Introducing Construction Materials from Plastic Waste” (IES) Pilot Regional Development Programme (PRDP) project launched in 2016. For the first time in Armenia, a startup recycling facility is being established in the city, which will process plastic waste into materials after passing through several technological processes and being mixed with sand on a production line. In order to supply the startup with enough plastic waste, the project is creating 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.

^15CBDCF9900DCC2D58A9D5019E16AF08BE0E2CA45F17CA137E^pimgpsh_fullsize_distrNorayr Harutyunyan, the Head of the Project, talked about the status and rationale of the project: “Plastic is durable and does not decompose in nature. Therefore, it causes great environmental damage. If you burn plastic waste it causes even more harm, as it produces dioxins, which destroys the nature and causes harm to the society. The Municipality of Kapan has initiated a project with the European Union aimed at collecting and recycling plastic waste. In December, we will obtain the pipeline. Plastic as a raw material will be received from the population”.

^DC82201E16193E9CF14D865AB23F0BBB1474495E6829E5D938^pimgpsh_fullsize_distrThe two-year 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. More than 60 people will benefit from training and improve their chances in the labour market; 35 of them will receive permanent jobs. Preference will be given to qualified long-time job seekers, particularly to young men and women.

On 26 May Kapan celebrated Europe Day in the sun. People gathered under the values of peace and unity on Garegin Nzhdeh Square for music, dance, theatre, and prizes. Before the start of the celebrations, a presentation on the “Introducing Construction Materials from Plastic Waste” (IES) project was made. The Head of the EU Delegation to Armenia, Ambassador Piotr Świtalski, and the Deputy Mayor of Kapan, Romik Sargsyan, were among the audience.

797A0261For the first time in Armenia, a start-up recycling facility will be established in Kapan, Syunik marz, which will process plastic waste into building materials. To supply the start-up with enough plastic waste, the project will create infrastructure for its separation and collect plastics from Yeghegnadzor to Meghri, including 9 communities in Vayots Dzor and Syunik marzes. The first batch of curbstones and street tiles created will be used to improve public spaces in those communities involved. The two-year project has a total budget of €749,963 (the EU contribution is €509,978).

ARS_4414In his speech the EU Ambassador highlighted that this year Europe Day celebrations had taken on a lighter, festive character: ‘We are so glad to be here again and celebrate Europe Day. This place is very symbolic for us – we consider Kapan to be the southeastern gate to Europe. Coming to Kapan is a must for us in our road map. Just a while ago I was introduced to a new project which was launched in Kapan concerning plastic waste processing. The EU is happy to be helpful in cleaning up the environment and creating new jobs. This is only the beginning – there will be more projects like this in Kapan and elsewhere in Syunik marz’.

797A0540Deputy Mayor Sargsyan welcomed citizens and guests to the celebrations: ‘Europe has been in Kapan for a long time. We have been cooperating with the European Union for many years. We acknowledge the ecological problems in Syunik marz and are now implementing a project to separate plastic from waste and benefit from this. We already have a garbage truck and rubbish bins for plastic in Kapan. Thanks to the ecological component of the project, we will keep our city clean. The social component will create jobs and create a new culture. I am confident that our joint efforts will yield wonderful results’.

ARS_5633On the next day the last regional Europe Day celebration took place in Yeghegnadzor. Residents of Vayots Dzor marz gathered in the city’s amphitheatre to participate in different activities: enjoy good music and dance, participate in various competitions, win surprise gifts, and taste different European dishes.  Ambassador Świtalski and the Mayor of Yeghegnadzor, Davit Harutyunyan, welcomed the guests and gave their congratulations for Europe Day.

ARS_5333Ambassador Świtalski thanked the Mayor and his team for hosting the event: ‘Thank you so much for coming and sharing with us the joy of Europe Day. It is an honour to be in Yeghegnadzor on the eve of the celebrations of the 100th anniversary of Armenia’s independence. Let me congratulate Armenia and its citizens on this occasion. The motto of this year’s celebration is “Europe is here”. Europe is indeed very much in Yeghegnadzor. We want to conduct more projects in this beautiful city and this marz. We feel very much at home here thanks to your hospitality’.

ARS_5345Mayor Harutyunyan thanked the EU Delegation for celebrating Europe Day in Yeghegnadzor: ‘I am full of joy that Europe Day is being celebrated in our city for the second year in a row. It is lovely that our citizens have had the opportunity to get acquainted with EU-funded projects. I hope our future cooperation will continue to be effective and that we will be able to implement projects in different areas’.