Activists of Greenpeace held a rally for the introduction of a law on restricting the production and use of disposable plastic in Russia, the organization’s press relations service reported. The environmentalists made a nine-meter installation of plastic debris, illustrating the scale of pollution in the country, by the Gulf of Finland.
To create the installation, the activists used about three cubic meters of plastic. This is how much plastic debris, according to Greenpeace, is generated in Russia every second. Moreover, about 70% of waste that is found at Russian watersides is plastic.
Activists of Greenpeace launched a campaign demanding that the production and use of disposable plastic be restricted at the legislative level. Earlier in March 2020, representatives of the organization submitted more than 120 thousand signatures of Russians who advocate restricting disposable plastic turnover to the Ministry of Natural Resources of Russia. However, according to activists, the agency only recognized the problem, but did nothing to solve it. Greenpeace also appealed to the Ministry of Industry and Trade, which is responsible for the merchandise turnover in Russia, to initiate a statutory limit on disposable plastic turnover. But even in this case, the organization was not answered back explicitly.
— Since the ministries responsible for taking measures are inactive and ignore us, we address the same demand to Deputy Prime-Minister Victoria Abramchenko, who supervises the environmental agenda. Prevention of waste generation including limiting the turnover of disposable, hard-to-recover, and refractory goods and packaging is currently the main way to save the environment from plastic contamination. It is important to focus on eliminating the cause of the problem — the production of disposable waste, and not only on combating its consequences — waste recycling. It complies with the federal laws on waste, — said expert of the Nol’ Otkhodov (‘Zero Waste’) Project Antonina Evteshina.
At the moment, 127 countries have already restricted the turnover of disposable goods, containers, and packaging made of plastic products. The European Union will ban selling and production made of disposable plastic products from 2021. Canada will stop using bags, straws, and disposable tableware by the end of 2021. Most of the states of India have a total or partial ban on the use of plastic. China will stop selling non-degradable plastic bags by the end of the year and plastic tableware — by 2025.
The Nol’ Otkhodov Project is dedicated to studying the natural territories of Russia. So, the project’s team studied the coasts of Lake Baikal and the Curonian Spit, which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and the coastline of Lake Ladoga on the territory of the Nizhnesvirsky Nature Reserve, which has been closed to the public for 40 years, within two years. Activists are also studying the way the problem of plastic pollution affects Russian nature and its inhabitants. This data is then used for drafting new laws. Read more about the project here.
Ekaterina Lobanovskaya, «7х7»