December 12, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment of the Russian Federation and Baltika Breweries, part of the Carlsberg Group, signed a Protocol on cooperation within the framework of the project "Separate Right" as a part of the final event of the Year of Ecology in Russia - the International exhibition and forum "ECOTECH-2017”.
The main result of the Year of Ecology is the reduction of the environment pollution and the development of civilized methods of handling waste of production and consumption.
The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment of the Russian Federation announced the start of the initiative on separate municipal waste collection “Separate Right” in October 2017, during the meeting of the Organizing Committee for the preparation and carrying the V All-Russian Congress on Environmental Protection and the Second International Exhibition-Forum "ECOTECH-2017".
The project goal is to create the union of non-commercial organizations, business, public authorities, municipal governments, other organizations and Russian citizens for developing and adopting the best new effective practices of separate waste collection, educating public and promoting right recycling.
Paying special attention to the rational management of waste, Baltika Breweries became one of the first companies to join the new project of the Ministry of Natural Resources. Murad Kerimov, Deputy Minister of Natural Resources and Ecology of the Russian Federation, and Alexey Kedrin, Vice President Corporate Affairs Carlsberg Group Eastern Europe region, signed the protocol on cooperation.
Murad Kerimov, Deputy Minister of Natural Resources and Ecology of the Russian Federation: In the coming years the situation in the waste management sphere should be radically changed: useful waste will be included in economic circulation as much as it is possible. This will contribute to the creation of the modern processing industry. Business plays an important role in this process and we welcome cooperation with companies, which contribute much to environmental separation improvement, such as Baltika Breweries, within the project «Separate right».
Alexey Kedrin, Vice President Corporate Affairs Carlsberg Group Eastern Europe region: “Reduction of carbon footprint of our products is one of the priorities of Baltika and Carlsberg Group sustainability programme Together Towards Zero. To achieve our target we have been implementing our own project for separate waste collection "Benefit your city". We have plans for its development and accumulated certain experience that we are ready to share. We are pleased to join the initiative of the Ministry of Natural Resources "Separate Right", which will create a community for the best practices exchange and development of cooperation in this area, promoting the basis of circular economy. The partnership between business, government and society, as well as predictable regulation in waste treatment sphere, allowing producers and other market participants gradually adapt to the new conditions, are very important in the process of formation of the separate waste collection system”.
Annually about 35-40 million tons of solid household waste (SDW) are produced in Russia. Each inhabitant of our country in average produces 300 kg of garbage a year. At the same time, only 4-5% of SDW are involved in recycling.
After amending Federal Law 89 "On Production and Consumption Wastes", conditions for creation the system for separate collection and recycling are being created in Russia. In the nearest future, the situation with waste management should change radically: useful waste will be maximally included in the economic circulation, which will help to create a modern recycling industry and improve the ecological situation.