U.S. Embassy Supports Environmental Projects in Kazakhstan

Projects on waste separation awareness and air quality were launched in October, funded by the U.S. Embassy Nur-Sultan Environment, Science, Technology and Health Hub for Central Asia Small Grants Program.

“Feed the worm” will take place in the city of Temirtau and aims to increase waste separation awareness. Although in many places in Kazakhstan multi-colored bins for sorting waste have been installed, many residents still either do not sort garbage or resort to burning it. 

Problems of garbage disposal in Temirtau

The project will install a composter and a wormhole, conduct training on waste separation, and create platforms for dialogue between schoolchildren, waste management companies and akim deputies onstorage and disposal of waste. The project also envisions conducting round tables school competitions, and interactive events on proper waste disposal.

The second project is dedicated to improving air quality (AQ) in the city of Atbasar, which, according to Kazhydromet, is included in the list of cities in Kazakhstan with the most polluted air. The NGO Human Health Institute in partnership with the NGOs Otrazhenie and the Angel will install sensors to monitor the atmospheric air, increase air quality awareness among the local population and the city administration, and develop recommendations. As a result, schoolchildren and young eco-activists will gain new knowledge and practical experience in studying air quality problems, and residents will improve their awareness of air quality and be able to use air quality data to take appropriate measures to improve their health.