September 13th, 2013

Flaming landfill: changing waste disposal in the Stans

Kokshetau Landfill

by Natasha Sim and Martin Steiner

 

In a previous Isonomia piece we explored some of the problems of municipal solid waste collection in the five former Soviet republics of Central Asia known collectively as the ‘Stans’: Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan. In this second piece we turn our attention to what happens once this waste has been collected, examining the pitfalls encountered in attempts to improve waste treatment and disposal infrastructure in these countries.

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August 16th, 2013

Challenging circum-Stans: collecting MSW in the former USSR

Manipulator

by Natasha Sim and Martin Steiner

 

The five former Soviet republics of Central Asia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan, are characterized as landlocked countries on the Eurasian continent. They are often referred to as the ‘Stans’ and collectively are most famous for the Silk Road, which transported goods, people, and cultures between Asia and Europe. Huge mountain ranges, deserts, and vast steppe lie between the Caspian Sea and the Chinese border, leading to geographic extremes and nomadic cultures, although the common legacy of Soviet Russia is still strong and Russian is the lingua franca in government and law. All five Stan countries struggled eco­no­mi­cally after the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, when their GNI per capita rapidly decreased, only beginning to improve around the late 1990s.

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September 18th, 2012

A postcard from Kyrgyzstan

Cable refining in Krgyzstan

By Martin Steiner

 

Working as an environmental consultant can take you to some pretty unusual places. For example, when TBU-Austria was contracted to do a variety of waste analyses in Kyrgyzstan, I confess I didn’t know quite what to expect.

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March 8th, 2012

Reimagining greenhouse gases

by Ulrich Wiegel and Martin Steiner

 

Both solid waste and greenhouse gases are “wastes” in a broad sense. They are unwanted and potentially damaging by-products of the way that we live our lives in the 21st century. However, while solid waste impinges on our senses, greenhouse gases are imperceptible – and from this simple fact comes a huge difference in our attitudes.

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