The Prosecutor's General Office has held an interdepartmental meeting on legality of waste handling, ForUm learned from the press office of the prosecution.

The problem of the environmental protection from waste disposal becomes more urgent with every passing year, first of all, due to increase of waste volumes and incorrect methods of its disposal.

The major part of waste is accumulated in chemical, metallurgical, coal, fuel and energy industries, as well as in agro-industrial complex. Volumes of domestic waste also increase annually. For the last five years the area of landfills has increased from three to eight thousand hectares. At the same time more than a thousand of landfills do not meet the norms of ecological security, while about 500 of landfills are inactive and overloaded.

Due to absence of proper system on waste disposal, authorities annually reveal unauthorized landfills of total area of more than a thousand hectares.

The participants of the meeting have come to the conclusion that under such conditions the local executive bodies as well as bodies of state control should stir up their activities regarding this issue as soon as possible.

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