The FINANCIAL -- On 24–29 September, representatives of local authorities, utility companies and non-governmental organisations from the Viliejka and Iŭje districts of Belarus visited Estonia to study best practices in the provision of utility services to households.
The visit agenda began with a meeting in Pärnu municipality, where the Belarusians learnt about the Estonian system of utility services provision and segregated municipal waste collection, as well as public awareness-raising tools and methods. The visit then moved on to the country’s capital of Tallinn.
Estonia has a well-developed system of segregated waste collection and transportation. Recyclable materials (glass, paper and plastics) are removed free of charge. Households only pay for removal of mixed waste. Special collection centres are set up for hazardous waste management for the collection of electronic and electrical equipment and medicines.
The study visit was organised through the EU-supported "Requirement for Efficient Management of the Utility Sector" project.