Member of the Eurasian Economic Union (from January 2000)
Population: 9,5 Mio
Citizen of Belarus produce ca. 3 million tons of municipal solid waste and ca. 85% of it is sent to landfill. The existing landfills in Belarus often do not satisfy the basic health and safety standards and pose a major threat to the environment. The 15% recycling is based on the recyclables buy-back centers, which buy certain materials from the citizens – a legacy of the Soviet time recovery system.
Producer responsibility: Producers and importers of packaging, oils, tires, electrical and electronic equipment must ensure collection and recycling of their product wastes or pay respective fees to the state recycling organization (the President Order No 313).