On August 30, High Commissioner for Human Rights in the Russian Federation Tatiana Moskalkova took part in a meeting of the Presidential Council for the Development of Civil Society and Human Rights (HRC) dedicated to ensuring the citizens’ right to health protection and favorable environment when handling consumption wastes.
The main subject of discussion was the state policy in the field of waste recycling and the Clean Country project implementation.
Tatiana Moskalkova noted that the number of citizens' appeals concerning garbage dumps near residential areas almost doubled last year compared to 2015.
The largest number of complaints came from Moscow and the Moscow region, as well as from the Kaluga, Kirov and Krasnodar regions and the Udmurt Republic.
«People don’t want to accept this situation anymore. Unfortunately, the closure of the sanitary landfill for which the High Commissioner for Human Rights fought — and successfully fought — backfired: these landfills are closed but the new recycling system is not built, «the federal ombudsperson said.
She also reported that 31 garbage dumps with the expired lifecycle were discovered in the Ivanovo region, and in the Maloyaroslavsky district of the Kaluga region agricultural lands are allocated for the garbage recycling.
«This is the highest cynicism to nature, to agriculture, to the state, and to human rights," said Tatiana Moskalkova. She noted that she pays special attention to the environmental situation in these regions.
«Our task with the assistance of colleagues from Rospotrebsoyuz is to expand the program more widely, to provide social advertising, to strengthen control over new plants construction and over landfills exploitation that we close," the High Commissioner added.
The High Commissioner also talked about the already existing innovative waste management programs.
«On the Vladimir region territory a program for recycling of not all wastes, but of a part of them, is being carried out. Plastic bottles are separated, and then a unique raw material is produced from them. This material is similar to silk or cotton, that mattresses, pillows contain, «she noted.
Head of the HRC Mikhail Fedotov drew attention to an environmental protection aspect, such as used batteries recycling. «One small battery can poison the environment in an area of 1 square kilometer, and if we look at all the batteries we throw out today, then probably the area of the globe can be poisoned, not to speak of the area of our country,« — he said.
It bears reminding that the Presidential Decree proclaimed 2017 as the Ecology Year in Russia.
Adapted from the media