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This is 1.5 times more than a year earlier.

More than 855 thousand tons of recyclable materials were collected for recycling last year as part of the separate waste collection program. This is 1.5 times more than in 2019, said the Deputy Mayor in the Moscow Government for housing and communal services and landscaping Petr Biryukov.

“The main result of the program was a significant increase in sorted recyclable materials. According to earlier forecasts, by the end of 2020, the volume of recyclable materials allocated for sorting in Moscow should have amounted to about 800 thousand tons. We overcame this indicator at the end of November, ”he explained.

According to him, the growth in the volume of collected recyclable materials indicates that Muscovites are actively participating in the program of separate waste collection. This is confirmed by a poll conducted last year: at that time 70 percent of voters who knew about the program answered that they were already sorting garbage.

Separate waste collection program started January 1, 2020. For its implementation, about 23 thousand container sites were equipped in the yards and near social infrastructure facilities. More than 60 thousand branded containers were placed here, and explanatory pictograms were applied to them. Various garbage trucks with corresponding color indication collect and remove waste.

The process of separate waste collection should be as convenient as possible. Therefore, a simple two-container system operates in Moscow: residents of the capital put recyclables in blue containers, and food and contaminated waste in gray containers. It is not planned to increase their number yet.

“It is very important for us that the system is optimal and does not interfere with the creation of other infrastructure – sports, leisure, transport. Each extra container is a load on the road network, ”stressed Pyotr Biryukov.

One of the main tasks of the city is to conduct outreach work. In September 2019, an information support center on the issues of separate waste collection was launched. Over the past year, it received 1.5 thousand calls from citizens. Muscovites contacted to clarify the rules for sorting waste, information on the maintenance of container sites in the yards, to find out the addresses of hazardous waste collection points.

The segregated waste collection program has its own site… Information materials on waste sorting are published here: instructions, brochures and leaflets. The site contains answers to the most popular questions, news on the topic of separate collection and sustainable consumption.

“Separate waste collection is a very important topic, it is not just a topic that deserves special attention from the Moscow Government, but it is also a topic of mutual cooperation between the City Government and the residents themselves,” added Pyotr Biryukov.

Today, Moscow has two incineration plants, as well as 13 waste processing and sorting facilities. These are modern enterprises with the latest equipment.

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The design capacity of the factories allows burning up to 610 thousand tons of waste per year. Harmful emissions from them are dozens of times lower than the maximum permissible values, including according to European standards. When solid municipal waste is burned, heat and electricity are generated.

11 solid waste management facilities handle 3.44 million tons of waste per year. Part of the municipal solid waste goes to waste treatment complexes located in neighboring regions.

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