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“ArcelorMittal Kryvyi Rih” receives approval for construction of tailings dump

ArcelorMittal Kryvyi Rih’s Kryvyi Rih Mining and Metallurgical Plant (AMKR, Dnipro region) has received a conclusion from the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Natural Resources of Ukraine on the environmental impact assessment of the construction of a tailings dump – Map III – a special hydraulic structure used to dispose of enrichment waste.

“PJSC ArcelorMittal Kryvyi Rih informs that the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Natural Resources of Ukraine has issued a conclusion on the environmental impact assessment of the planned activity “Construction of the tailings dump “III map” sludge management of the ore processing plant in the Dnipropetrovs’k region of AMKR No. 21/01-202361210773/1 dated February 27, 2024 and the Report on public discussion No. 21/01-202361210773/2 dated February 27, 2024″, – according to the company’s information published by the Department of Ecology on the website of the Kryvyi Rih City Executive Committee on Thursday.

It is specified that the information on the company’s receipt of the environmental impact assessment conclusion is published in the Unified Register of Environmental Impact Assessment.

As reported, ArcelorMittal Kryvyi Rih has several times sent documents to the Ministry of Environment to approve the construction of a tailing dump for waste “III map”. In mid-2023, AMKR again sent documents to the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Natural Resources of Ukraine to approve the construction of the tailing dump.

According to the documentation available to Interfax-Ukraine, the planned activity is the new construction of the Karta III tailings dump in the sludge management facility of the ore processing plant on the territory of the Grechanopodivska and Novolativska village councils in the Shyrokivskyi district of Dnipropetrovska oblast.

Earlier it was explained that the procedure for assessing the planned activity is carried out within the framework of expansion and changes, including revision or updating of the conditions for carrying out the planned activity established by the decision to carry out the planned activity or extend the terms of its implementation (…).

Information on the intention of the AMCS to obtain an environmental impact assessment (EIA) was published by the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources on June 15, 2023.

Earlier it was reported that PJSC ArcelorMittal Kryvyi Rih intends to build the Map III tailing dump. The construction of the tailings storage facility is necessary “due to the fact that the existing tailings storage facilities have reached the limits of economic feasibility of their expansion”.

At the same time, it was specified that the company’s crude ore output for 2021-2025 is 24.4269 million tons per year, with an annual tailings output of 14.964 million cubic meters per year. The design elevation of the enclosure dam is 100 meters. The total capacity of the tailing dump is 34.8 million cubic meters, with a usable capacity of 29.4 million cubic meters. The area of the tailing pit is 382.95 hectares. The total length of the containment dams is 5,950 meters and their maximum height is 12 meters. The area of the construction site is 521.1245 hectares.

Thus, in line with the requirements of the Ministry of Ecology, AMKR has to enter the environmental impact assessment procedure for the fourth time.

“ArcelorMittal Kryvyi Rih currently operates three tailing dumps, two of which – Myroliubivka and United. The company planned to invest about $50 million in 2020-2024. The company has already invested more than $15 million in the third tailing dump, Central, having completed construction in 2017 to the level of +90 meters (now +95 meters). AMKR will spend the same amount to expand it to +115 meters (these works are planned for the next seven years).

“ArcelorMittal Kryvyi Rih is the largest rolled steel producer in Ukraine. It specializes in long products, including rebar and wire rod.

ArcelorMittal owns the largest mining and metallurgical plant in Ukraine, ArcelorMittal Kryvyi Rih, and a number of small companies, including ArcelorMittal Berislav.

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The enterprise with foreign investment (FDI) McDonald’s Ukraine Ltd. (Kyiv), which is developing the U.S. fast food chain McDonald’s in Ukraine, plans to expand a pilot program for sorting waste in restaurant halls to the entire chain in Ukraine by the end of 2021.
According to the company’s press release, the pilot program was launched in September 2020 at 16 restaurants in Kyiv, Lviv, Dnipro, Kharkiv and Kyiv region. Special sorting stations were installed in the restaurant halls to separate waste by type. The sorted waste was sent for recycling of raw materials.
According to the company, in four months of the pilot program, more than 80 tonnes of packaging were sorted and transferred for processing. In general, more than 2.6 million Ukrainians have joined the program.
In addition, earlier in September 2020, the company replaced plastic containers for salads with paper packaging, in June it replaced plastic cups for cold drinks with cellulose cups recyclable in Ukraine, the press service recalls.
“By 2025, McDonald’s globally plans to completely switch to the production of all packaging materials from renewable certified raw materials, as well as raw materials that can be reused. Thus, polyethylene and plastic can be used to make garbage bags, and other waste will get a second life after recycling,” the press service said.
The first McDonald’s in Ukraine was opened in Kyiv on May 24, 1997. The McDonald’s restaurant chain in Ukraine has 96 restaurants in 20 cities.
According to many nutritional experts, eating fast food can lead to health problems, watch an expert review of the topic on the Expert Club YouTube channel.

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The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) a part of the Green Cities Framework 2 will provide a senior loan of up to EUR 28.5 million to Communal Enterprise Spetskomuntrans to finance the rehabilitation and modernisation of solid waste infrastructure in the City of Khmelnytsky estimated at EUR 36.5 million.
The decision was made by the bank’s board on September 2, EBRD Senior External Relations Advisor Anton Usov has told Interfax-Ukraine.
The senior loan split into several tranches co-financed by up to EUR 5.0 million investment grant from the EU Neighbourhood Investment Platform and up to EUR 3.0 million local contribution.
The phase I of the project will address the city’s urgent investment needs with respect to the rehabilitation of the existing landfill, the construction of a new engineered sanitary landfill in compliance with the EU standards adjacent to the old one, the acquisition of new landfill equipment to ensure sustainable operation of the new landfill, and improvements of the solid waste collection and transportation systems co-financed from the city’s budget.
The phase II of the project includes the construction of a new material recovery facility for non-organic waste and a separate composting facility for pre-sorted organic waste that will reduce the share of solid waste going to the landfill by promoting recycling and providing a modern solid waste management infrastructure with respect to sorting and composting. The project will ensure that a long-term, sustainable solid waste management strategy is properly implemented.

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Nova Poshta has launched a pilot project for waste collection and sorting in ten Kyiv offices and is planning to extend it all over its chain, Director of Nova Poshta Oleksandr Bulba has told Interfax-Ukraine.
“In mid-April we started a pilot project for waste collection and sorting in our offices for all clients of the company. Ten our departments Kyiv are participating in the project. Three boxes are installed in each of them. The first one is for paper, cardboard, and paper packing material. The second one is for transparent stretch film and bubble film. And the third one is for plastic bags and colored stretch film. We pass raw materials to our contractors for recycling and they make new products of it,” he said.
Bulba added that the company collected around two tonnes of waste materials over months, 80% of which is corrugated cardboard.
“We are planning to extend this project all over Ukraine,” he said.

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It is planned to build a waste recycling plant with a total annual capacity of 700,000 tonnes of waste in Kyiv, which will also sort waste, the press service of the Kyiv City Administration has reported.
“The city plans to build a waste recycling complex, which will have a total annual processing capacity of 700,000 tonnes and will include a sorting stage,” the administration said.
According to Deputy Chairman of the Kyiv City Administration Petro Panteleyev, Kyiv has clear plans for gradually quitting the technology of waste disposal as obsolete and environmentally dangerous one.
He also recalled that the National Waste Management Strategy was adopted in October 2017, and the National Plan in February 2019.
“The updated legislative base works only a few months. Nevertheless, the Kyiv city is preparing its own regional waste management plan for Kyiv. This is a comprehensive document, being agreed with the Regional Development, Construction, Housing and Utilities Economy Ministry and the Ecology and Natural Resources Ministry,” the deputy head of the administration said.
In addition, Panteleyev said that Kyiv had refused placing a waste recycling plant near combined heat and power plant 6 (CHPP-6) in Troyeschyna district (Desniansky district of Kyiv).
“I want to immediately say that there was no speculation and gossip. The city refused to build a waste recycling plant near CHPP-6,” the deputy head of the administration said.

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Japan is ready in the future to provide Ukraine with loans for the implementation of projects for generating electricity from waste, Japanese Ambassador to Ukraine Shigeki Sumi has said.
“Japan is very interested in having a system through which energy will be generated from waste,” Sumi said at the conference “New Waste Management Policy is a Way to a Circular Economy” dedicated to the implementation of the National Waste Treatment Strategy until 2030 in Kyiv.
He noted that last year Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) developed a program for Ukraine and at the moment Japanese experts have visited three cities (including Kharkiv and Kyiv), where they conduct research for the possible further financing of relevant projects.
“In the future, the Japanese government will be ready to issue loans to the government of Ukraine to implement such a system for generating electricity from waste,” Sumi stressed.
As reported, in May JICA proposed Kyiv City State Administration to assess the potential of landfill No. 5 in the village of Pidhirtsi (Kyiv region) for energy production.

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