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Lviv to raise 35m euros to build refuse plant

The city will not need to pay 10m euros back.

Lviv to raise 35m euros to build refuse plant

The Lviv authorities have signed an agreement on raising 35m euros to implement a solid waste treatment project.

Mayor Andriy Sadovyy said that construction works would begin as soon as this year, according to his office.

"Today we were given a 100% money guarantee. Having these funds, we are planning to start the construction of a plant this year. The term of construction is two years. We also want to launch a full-scale reclamation of a landfill. This is a difficult complex. Works will take up to five years," he said.

Under the signed agreements, the financing package includes a 13-year loan of 20m euros issued by the EBRD against the city's guarantees, an investment grant of up to 10m euros from the Eastern European Energy Efficiency and Environmental Partnership (E5P), which the city does not gave to pay back, and a preferential loan of 5m euros from the Clean Technology Fund.

The city is expected to build Ukraine's first plant for the deep processing of solid household waste and carry out the reclamation of the Hrybovychi landfill.

Waste disposal has been a problem for Lviv since mid-2016 after the city landfill was closed.

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