As part of the “Clean Country” federal project, by the end of 2019, it is planned to eliminate 16 unauthorized landfills within cities and 17 of the most dangerous environmental objects in Russian Federation. In addition, the project outlines government plans for the construction and commissioning of 220 enterprises for sorting and recycling garbage within 5 years.
Already this year, 20 such plants were financed, as reported by the Minister of Natural Resources Dmitry Kobylkin during a working meeting with President of Russia Vladimir Putin.
During the conversation, officials discussed the problem of hazardous waste disposal, as well as the amount of harmful emissions in rivers and lakes, in particular, in the Volga and Baikal. The minister mentioned the wastes from the closed Baikalsk Pulp and Paper Mill, and told the president about plans to restore the area around the BPPM.
“We also have to recultivating land, remove the sludge storages, they are now in a serious condition and threaten the ecology of Lake Baikal. We have already started trial operation, we select technologies, I think that in the next month we will already decide on the technology and begin recultivating,” says Minister of Natural Resources Dmitry Kobylkin
Regarding the Volga River, Kobylkin said that it is necessary to work hard to conduct a huge number of reconstruction of facilities, including sewage treatment plants: more than 80% of such facilities require urgent renovation.