The system of municipal solid waste management in the Arctic must be organized in a special way

The system of municipal solid waste management in the Arctic must be organized in a special way

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Such a conclusion was made by the participants of the round table on waste management in the regions of the Arctic zone, which took place in the Civic Chamber of the Russian Federation. The event was attended by representatives of the regions of the Russian Arctic, public associations, the scientific community and other experts.

All participants agreed that in the conditions of the Far North, the MSW management system should work differently than in the regions of Central Russia. This is due to the remoteness of many settlements, sparsely populated areas, lack of transport and other infrastructure.

In addition, climatic conditions do not allow the creation of a full infrastructure for waste management and transportation by land.

The participants of the event drew attention to the fact that during the cleaning campaigns of the Arctic zone, volunteers often find not only garbage left over from the Soviet period of development of the region, but also modern plastic. On the coast, you can often find yogurt cups dated 2021 or 2022. At the same time, the territories cleared by volunteers are often quickly littered again.

The participants of the round table discussed issues related to the removal and disposal of garbage from the Arctic, and shared their proposals for optimizing the MSW management system in the Far North.

All these proposals will be processed and sent to the State Duma Committee on Ecology, Natural Resources and Environmental Protection for further consideration at parliamentary hearings.

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