The Swedish Environment Protection Agency is cooperating with Georgia on waste management since 2013. The current project agreement was signed in June 2017 and the project is planned to continue until 2019.
Our project partners in Georgia are the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources Protection, together with the waste management companies Solid Waste Management Company and TbilService Ltd.
The focus areas for the project are Extended Producer Responsibility, management of hazardous waste, and recommendations for implementation of new legislation.
Since 2014, Georgia has an association agreement with EU. Hence, their challenges to a large degree are about meeting EU standards for waste management. For instance, landfills need to meet EU regulations and guidelines, and hazardous waste needs to be handled separately and in accordance with EU standards. SEPA will work together with the Georgian partners on closed landfills for hazardous waste (contaminated sites) and how they could be managed. SEPA will amongst other things contribute with experiences of waste acceptance criteria.
Georgia is in the process of developing legislation for Extended Producer Responsibility, and Sweden will contribute with recommendations and guidelines of how they could be implemented to meet the environmental goals.