Resource Efficient and Cleaner Production project in Georgia

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Waste Management
The waste management hierarchy indicates that re-use of waste is preferable, followed by recycling or recovery, with disposal as the least desirable option. However, the nature of the individual wastes is a potential barrier to implement recycling/recovery/re-use actions especially on-site leading in many cases to waste export for off-site treatment.
To comply with the vision of Waste Management in Georgia “Georgia to become a waste preventing and recycling society“ by implementing following:
• Taking action on prevention, reuse , recycling and recovery of waste;
• Collection of all waste in Georgia;
• Developing waste at source separation;
• Introducing Full Cost Recovery;
• Introducing Extended Producers Responsibility;
• Taking initiatives on specific waste streams of national concern;
• Establishing Private – Public Partnership;
• Introducing incentives to meet the objectives of the National Waste Management Strategy
As specific waste streams are those wastes considered which are generated during daily life by ordinary consumers and have to be separated from the municipal waste quantities due to their hazardous content.
These are:
• Portable batteries
• Automotive batteries/accumulators
• Lubricating engine oils
• Waste from electrical/electronic equipment (WEEE)
• End-of-life vehicles (ELV)
The general practice in EU countries is that, by applying the Extended Producers Responsibility (EPR), the producers/importers of the relevant products put on the market undertake the setting up of the management system: separate collection, storage, treatment/recycling of the relevant waste streams.
Extended producer responsibility
Producers, importers, distributors and sellers of products influencing the increase of waste volume are responsible for the waste generated as a result of their activities. The producer bears the greatest responsibility because he influences the composition and the characteristics of a product and its packaging material. The producer is obliged to take care of the generation of waste, development of recyclable products, development of the market for re-use and recycling of their products. This practically means that the producers are responsible for their products till the end of product life cycle, or "from cradle to grave", and that they can fulfill their obligations either individually or collectively (formation of a collective scheme).
Under the EPR principle the producers/importers of batteries/accumulators, lubricating oils, EEE, vehicles are supposed to set up the whole management system including the necessary facilities for the dismantling/de-pollution/recycling of the relevant wastes. In doing so, the existing infra-structure in Georgia can be included in the system but also new investments will be necessary
“Polluter pays” principle
One of the most important principles is the financially sustainable activity of waste management based on the “polluter pays” principle. The polluters must bear full costs of the consequences of their activities. The costs of generation, treatment and disposal of waste must be included in the price of a product. The principle of full costs recovery for the services of collection and disposing of waste should be applied, as well as the introduction of financial stimulation instruments for re- use and recycling of waste
Waste reduction
Source segregation of wastes is the easiest and most economical method of reducing the volume of hazardous waste. The implementation of separate bins, with training and enforcement of their use, may reduce the quantities of non-hazardous waste that become hazardous by contamination. This approach may generate wastes that can be recycled and potentially generate an income.
Adjustments to processes may be made with a view to reducing waste generation, rather than maximizing other factors such as profit or time. The economics of this approach will depend on how the system of charging for waste management is implemented and enforced.
For the time being, Georgia’s private sector organizations engaged in waste management faces a number of problems inclusive of inadequate waste collection equipment, deficiencies in complying with the requirements of the hazardous waste legislation, lack of proper reporting mechanisms and inadequate traceability of wastes from the source to the recycling / disposal facility. The waste transportation services are expected to gradually develop as the demand of waste generators and treatment facilities on the respective services will increase overtime.
In order to avoid mixing of hazardous and non-hazardous waste and to enable further recycling the collection and transport system for C&D waste has to take into consideration source separation (including the removal of hazardous materials/components) at the construction site. Therefore possibilities for the collection and transport of specific hazardous wastes like e.g. asbestos containing wastes, PCB/PAH containing wastes, WEEE and lamps has to be established, which could be carried out by companies with respective permits.
Since 2017 Georgian municipalities have undertaken efforts to develop municipal waste management action plans that is a new initiative for Georgia. Accordingly all municipalities are expected to have their 5-year action plans in place. These municipal plans should be aligned to the National Waste Management Action Plan and provide a thorough information and data regarding the current waste collection system, quantities and types of collected and located non-hazardous waste, quantities and types of hazardous waste collected from the population, location of waste recycling enterprises, activities to be undertaken in the respective municipality for establishing the system of separate collection, recycling and storing of municipal waste, including biodegrading waste, plans of the construction of new waste recycling facilities, public awareness raising programs on waste management issues, etc.
In order to achieve a sustainable system of waste management in Georgia, the incineration of waste combined with its energetic use should be developed on a local and regional level. The incineration of waste is essential part of an integrated approach to waste management facilitating reduction, reuse and recycling of waste.
"Circular Economy in Georgia: Industrial Waste Mapping exercise in Rustavi and Zestaponi reaches its final stages"
On July 25 (13:00 – 15:30, Tbilisi time), manufacturing enterprises from the Zestaponi and Rustavi regions are invited to attend an online event to discuss and validate the results of an Industrial Waste Mapping (IWM) exercise which was piloted between March 2021 – July 2022.
The event is being held under the EU4Environment Action, particularly, within the “Circular Economy and New Growth Opportunities” activities implemented by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and led by its international partner, SWECO, with the national support of the Regional Environmental Centre for the Caucasus (REC Caucasus) and Energy Efficiency Centre (EEC) Georgia.
• The target audience will consist of representatives and industrial enterprises from the Zestaponi and Rustavi Municipalities, local and national authorities, non-governmental organizations, experts and members of academia from Georgia. The event will be hosted on Zoom, in both Georgian and English (with simultaneous interpretation).
To register, please fill out this form:
Topics include a presentation on the principles and benefits of Circular Economy amongst enterprises and decision-makers in Zestaponi and Rustavi, the assessment of the IWM report conducted in the two regions, and discussions and recommendations to optimise the waste mapping process to benefit other regions and countries interested in waste management.
The IWM report represents an end product of the collaborative work among team members from UNIDO, SWECO, and UNIDO’s National Implementing Partners in Georgia, the EEC and the REC Caucasus. It consists of nine chapters devoted to the context of waste management, the pilot exercise conducted in Zestaponi and Rustavi, as well as waste producers, waste mapping results, and recommendations for more circular waste management. Hence, the event will serve as a platform for the regions’ stakeholders to review the report, validate the assessed data, and plan and implement the given recommendations. It will also help to further promote and apply the IWM methodology in other regions of Georgia, specifying the concrete steps needed for conducting such an exercise. A draft regional guide for introducing IWM in the EaP region will also be presented and discussed.
Industrial Waste Mapping (IWM)
Waste management is comprised of the activities and actions required to manage waste from its generation to its final disposal. This includes the collection, transport, treatment and disposal of waste, together with the monitoring and regulation of the waste management process and waste-related laws, technologies, and economic mechanisms. An efficient waste management system creates an increased business value. This contributes to the sustainability of manufacturing industries and the promotion of economic opportunities.
The overall objective of waste mapping is then to identify, assess, and map waste streams of manufacturing enterprises in order to develop options for improving resource efficiency and the circularity of materials and by-products in the economy.





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