In order to put an end to the illegal dumping of waste in fields, plots, streams and landfills, the Ministry of Agriculture, Rural Development and Environment, is legislating, so that the significant gaps that are exploited deliberately, making its implementation ineffective. The huge problem of uncontrolled disposal of debris endangering the environment and public health, will be addressed by the obligations undertaken from the beginning by all stakeholders and their commitments so that all the quantities estimated to be produced per project end up only in licensed bodies. In essence, contractors must provide an agreement in advance with a licensed waste management unit that will include all quantities of construction and demolition waste.
Furthermore, with a relevant decree of the Minister of Agriculture, Rural Development and Environment, which is before the Legal Service for processing, the use of GPS becomes mandatory in all vehicles of skip carriers. In this way the Department of Environment will be able to know whether they transport and where waste, which will not pass through the management system.
The new legal framework will also achieve the recycling targets that the Republic of Cyprus has an obligation to implement regarding the management of construction and demolition waste.
In accordance with the Waste Framework Directive (2008/98 / EC) and the transition to a highly circular European circular economy, Member States are taking the necessary measures to ensure, inter alia, that by 2020 , preparation for reuse, recycling and recovery of non-hazardous construction and demolition waste increase by at least 70% by weight. The Republic of Cyprus has harmonized this Directive in national law with the Law on Waste and now, according to information from “F”, it is expected to be presented to the Council of Ministers next Monday for approval of the new draft regulations, based on which an integrated management system is created. of Waste from Excavations, Constructions and Demolition (AEKK) while covering any gaps presented by the existing legislation.
The gap and inefficient implementation of the regulations is regulated only by replacing them with regulations that require less administrative burden (human resources) for their implementation. The new plan will increase the turnover and viability of AEKK management facilities and other waste managers. Specifically, through the new framework, there is provision for the recording of the obligations of the owners of the works and the producers of AEKK, the upgrading of the role and the obligations of the Individual and Collective Management Systems of AEKK to a significant degree, so that their involvement in the rational waste management is essential and decisive, as well as the upgrading of the role of Supervising Engineers and Project Designers in the management of AEKK through the obligations of the project owners.
In addition to reducing pollution from AEKK’s uncontrolled dumping, the new regulations will bring about significant changes in waste management by optimizing rational management, achieving recycling targets and promoting a circular economy.
Waste management measures
The adoption of measures for the management of AEKK, with the aim of their reuse and utilization is the purpose of the regulations that will be put before the Council of Ministers. The measures are aimed at:
(a) In the prevention of the generation of waste from construction works, technical infrastructure projects, constructions, demolition of buildings, natural and technological disasters, by reducing the total volume of AEKK, and limiting the harmful effects of this waste on the environment and its health human;
(b) The recycling, reuse and recovery of AEKK and the improvement of the environmental performance of all economic actors involved in construction and technical works and especially of the bodies directly involved in the management of these materials;
(c) Achieving quantitative targets for recycling and other AEKK recovery operations, within the time limits;
(d) In determining the essential requirements as to the nature of the reuse of AEKKs, including recycling and backfilling;
(e) The separation of AEKK in their production area, in order to achieve a high level of recycling and recovery of materials;
(f) Taking measures for the cooperation of all involved public and private economic actors, natural and legal persons, who manage the PRC within the principle of “the polluter pays