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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.