Arctic inhabitants note environment improvement

Arctic inhabitants note environment improvement

September 15, 2022

The Arctic Development Project Office has conducted a survey in Taimyr and the Murmansk region.

#ARCTIC. #SIBERIA. THIS IS TAIMYR. The Arctic Development Project Office (PORA) general director Alexander Stotsky presented the results of a survey among residents of several settlements in Taimyr and the Murmansk region about the environmental situation in the Arctic at the round table Implementation of the MSW (municipal solid waste) reform in the Far North at the Public Chamber of Russia.

The study was carried out within the Plastic in Action project, supported by the Presidential Grants Foundation. Recall that the project includes the collection and processing of plastic recyclables and environmental education activities in cities and towns beyond the Arctic Circle.

24 percent of respondents consider the environmental situation in their locality to be good, 26 percent assess it as bad, and 50 percent of respondents give an average rating.

“At the same time, 52 percent speak of an improvement in the environmental situation, and only 11 percent believe that it has worsened over the past two or three years”, said Alexander Stotsky.

Among the respondents, residents of Dudinka assess the environmental situation much worse – 43 percent of negative answers. Bad marks were given by 16 percent of respondents in the village of Nikel and 12 percent – by the respondents in Zapolyarny of Murmansk region.

“The same pattern applies to assessing the dynamics of the environmental situation – residents of Dudinka more often than others say that the environment has deteriorated over the past two or three years”, said Alexander Stotsky.

The survey also show that 61 percent of Arctic residents agree with the statement that household waste disposal is the most important environmental issue. 24 percent believe that there are more important things.

“At the same time, respondents most often place responsibility for solving environmental problems on the residents themselves – 74 percent, and for solving problems with waste disposal – on local authorities, 79 percent”, said Alexander Stotsky.

As a reminder, it is now possible to donate bottle caps in schools in Norilsk, in the northern city they will develop a strategy for handling MSW, we also said that in Taimyr they are preparing for garbage collection from the USSR times.

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September 15, 2022

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