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21 Aug 2019

Lukashenko recalls instructions to reduce plastic footprint

Lukashenko recalls instructions to reduce plastic footprint

IVYE DISTRICT, 21 August (BelTA) – Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko recalled his instructions to reduce the use of plastic in the country as he visited Ivye District in Grodno Oblast on 21 August, BelTA has learned.

“We need to put a stop to plastic bags. We need to start with small steps and get rid of them. We are littering the soil and our territory, and our green and blue-eyed Belarus would soon become a dump,” the Belarusian leader stressed. 

The talk was raised during a visit to a private producer of farm machinery in Ivye District. The company also makes windows and doors. The president was shown wooden-framed glass units. Environmental friendliness of such a solution was emphasized. The products are more expensive than similar plastic windows. However, government has been providing support in the area in some European countries.

A request was made to create favorable conditions in Belarus for more active development of wooden-framed window production. “I am aware of the issue. The first thing we need to do is to count. He [the head of the company] says that such production will be 30% more expensive. We also must take a look into the matter so that he could feel some competition. We need the answer to this question by 1 January, and it is desirable that we see it positive,” the head of state said.

Aleksandr Lukashenko added that such window production is possible only on local raw materials, and that the woodworking industry is currently in the spotlight. In this regard, in addition to the main production facility, the president promised to support the head of the company – the director general of Tekhmash - in the production of fuel pellets. “We have agreed on the following. You choose a plant with good logistics and a forest. The sales market will be guaranteed. I would like to see how the private sector will do it from start to end. I will provide support,” the head of state said.

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