Putoransky reserve to be cleared of Soviet era garbage

Putoransky reserve to be cleared of Soviet era garbage

September 08, 2023

Funds for waste disposal will come from the federal budget in 2024.

#ARCTIC. #SIBERIA. THIS IS TAIMYR. Taimyr Reserves in 2024 will begin to clear the Putorana plateau from man-made debris left at the times when the territory was not yet specially protected.

Waste remained, for example, on the lake Ayan shores after the Soviet geologists, geodesists, polar explorers’s expeditions and fishers. This is mainly scrap metal and barrels of fuel and lubricants. The difficulty of export is that there is practically no land route on the Putorana plateau.

Taimyr Reserves directorate told TASS that a feasibility study has already been prepared, there are contractors, but there are not enough funds. The Taimyr activists sent a request to the Ministry of Natural Resources for targeted funding. The money should come next year. According to experts, it will take five to ten years to clear the reserves from the garbage accumulated since the Soviet era.

Recall that in 2019, the Taimyr Reserves directorate, with the Nornickel’s support, collected more than 700 empty barrels on the Ayan river’s banks as part of the World of New Opportunities charity program and prepared them for export. Two landfills in Taimyr will be included in the register of objects of accumulated damage. In the Krasnoyarsk region, a thousand kilometers of coastlines will be cleared of rubbish. Norilsk activists regularly clear the tundra of debris. Also, the Russian Geographical Society and the prosecutor’s office would monitor the collection of Soviet-era waste in Taimyr.

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Text: Angelica Stepanova, Photo: Olga Zaderyaka

September 08, 2023

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