Feb 1, 2010

YEREVAN, February 1. /ARKA/. Armenian government has approved the
concept of garbage removal in Yerevan.

On Friday, Armenian Economy Minister Nerses Yeritsyan, speaking at
the cabinet's meeting, said that problems related to garbage removal
were mentioned in the concept.

Yeritsyan expressed hope that the concept also contains the list of
measure to be taken for ridding Yerevan of garbage.

In this concept, Yerevan's territory is divided into two parts. Each
of these parts will be cleaned by a concessionaire company chosen
through tender.

The minister said that concession agreements will be signed for
up to eight years, to give these companies time to get back the
invested money.

It is very important, he said, to list all the streets, squares and
other sites of Yerevan.

Otherwise, the city won't be cleaned properly.

Yeritsyan said that under the schedule included in the concept,
garbage removal companies start operating in Yerevan.

They will place dustbins in the streets, clean pavements and remove
garbage from apartment blocks.

The minister said that the concept was worked out under support from
one of the World Bank's agencies.

Armenian Prime Minister Tigran Sargsyan said he finds it useful to
involve municipalities of Gyumri and Vanadzor in elaboration of this
concept, since similar measures will be taken there later.