The Ministry of Internal Affairs and the Ministry of Ecology, Geology and Natural Resources were authorised to find and prosecute those involved in illegal dumping.
On July 23, Prime Minister of Kazakhstan Askar Mamin chaired a meeting of the Council on Transition to Green Economy under the President of Kazakhstan. The agenda focused on cleaning up existing illegal dump sites and preventing new illegal dump sites of technical and domestic waste from occurring, the website of the Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan reports.
The President had instructed that the reasons for the emergence of new contaminated areas be identified. It was reported that the satellites had captured 4,763 illegal solid waste landfills. Of these, 2,932 landfills operate, and only 509 comply with environmental sanitation standards.
The Prime Minister instructed that the local authorities implement complex ecological restoration measures, as well as speed up the creation of waste management and disposal infrastructure. The Ministry of Internal Affairs and the Ministry of Ecology, Geology and Natural Resources were authorised to find and prosecute those involved in illegal dumping.
The Chairman of the Government highlighted the need to create public information centres that would contribute to identifying the geographic location and cleaning up illegal contaminated ‘water areas’.