The National Commission for State Regulation of Power and Utility Industries recently adopted new licensing conditions for household waste disposal.4

A license may be obtained by legal entities disposing household waste in the cities with a population of more than 100,000 people, or operating plants with the capacity of more than 50 thousand tons or 200 thousand cubic meters of waste per year. Legal entities controlled by residents of Russia may not obtain or hold a license for domestic waste disposal.

The licensing conditions establish the timeline for companies, using landfills put into operation before 16 February 2010, to bring their activity into compliance with the new requirements, in particular, with respect to:

  • Checkpoints, control-disinfection zones, boundaries and equipment by 1 January 2018
  • Drainage systems, hydro-technical utilities, redevelopment of landfill sites, etc. by 1 January 2019
  • Biogas gathering and extracting systems by 1 January 2020

The licensing conditions will come into force on 23 August 2017, except for the provision that requires licensees to meet certain quality standards, which will come into force in three months following approval of such standards.