PROTECTION OF THE ENVIRONMENT IS AN IMPORTANT FACTOR IN ENSURING PUBLIC HEALTH
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On February 2, a meeting devoted to the analysis of the ongoing activities on improving environmental situation and protection of the environment, determining actual tasks in this sphere was held under the chairmanship of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev.
In accordance with the decree of the Head of the country of April 21, 2017, the system of public administration in the sphere of ecology and environmental protection was improved. The reformed State Committee of the Republic of Uzbekistan on Ecology and Environmental Protection is entrusted with broad tasks on improving environmental situation, collection, storage, transportation, disposal and recycling of household waste.
Comprehensive program was also adopted on radically improving the management of household waste for 2017-2021, with a concrete definition of financing sources of its implementation.
13 state unitary enterprises “Toza hudud” (Clean zone) and 174 of their district (city) branches were organized in the system of the committee. 1,3 thousand units of special equipment, 1 thousand sites for waste collection, 5,8 thousand containers and 172 polygons were transferred to the balance of enterprises.
In the past year, additional 305 sites for waste collection have been built. They are provided with more than 2 thousand containers. A complete inventory of 295 polygons has been carried out in the republic. Their cadastral documentation has been compiled, 97 waste polygons have been put in order. An inspection on taking control over the management of household waste has been established at the committee.
However, there are many pending issues in the sphere.
Thus, only 53 percent of the population is covered by sanitary cleaning services and only 15 percent of this figure falls to the private sector. There is no system for collecting, storing and transporting domestic waste almost in all villages.
At the meeting, these and other shortcomings were analyzed. Current tasks facing the sphere were determined.