Hazards of waste in Russia

Europe first faced the problem of waste back in the beginning of the previous century. The first waste-burning plant appeared in 1904 in Switzerland. In the 70s the waste industry started to improve significantly by means of implementing new environment friendly technology. Today waste-burning plants in Europe and Japan, with the latter being the leader of waste industry, are complicated systems the biggest part of which consists exhaust purification facilities.

Apart from being technologically backward country, Russia is spoiled by its huge territory and while a lot of countries have long started working on the problem of waste management, Russia is only beginning to realize the problem of waste and the necessity of recycling instead of burying or burning waste. However, due to high level of corruption in Russia the problem of waste management is not solved efficiently. This explains many toxic dumps like Yadrovo, Tshelkanovo, Kolomna, Balashiha and other.

Moscow produces over 35 tons of waste daily. The mayor Sobianin, instead of changing paving slabs in the whole city, should have started working on the problem of waste ten years ago when he took office. However, Moscow officials continue to choose a quick buck, authorizing new dumping sites instead of investing in waste industries and saving people’s lives.

In this video, Doctor of Chemical Science Andrey Koldobsky talks about the risks of waste burning industry in Russia and about the hazards of dioxins.

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