20,000 Tonnes of Waste to Be Removed from Arctic Areas in Yakutia

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20,000 Tonnes of Waste to Be Removed from Arctic Areas in Yakutia

Work is underway to mount a major cleanup effort in northern parts of Yakutia, one of Russia’s Arctic regions. As part of the Clean Arctic Programme, more than 20,000 tonnes of waste will be removed from three polar villages located in the region, said the Government of the Yakut Republic on 2 February 2022.

The regional government has signed an agreement to evacuate waste (mostly scrap metal) with a company registered as a resident of the Russian Arctic Special Economic Area. According to the government’s spokesperson, about 2,000 tonnes of scrap metal were collected in the region in 2021.

This is not the only conservancy project implemented in Yakutia. Corporate volunteering has become a thing in this remote Russian constituent entity. According to Yakut Governor Aysen Nikolayev, numerous companies working in the Arctic areas of the Republic eagerly contribute to cleanup efforts. “Given the enormous size of the region, their help is invaluable”, says Mr. Nikolayev.

Corporate volunteers will remove waste from two more Yakutia’s remote Arctic settlements -- those of Olenegorsk and Silinnyakh. Apart from this, further steps will be taken to clean up the outskirts of the village of Tiksi from scrap metal and construction waste. Overall, some 40,000 tonnes of waste will be transported from the region to disposal/processing sites outside the Arctic by 2023.

Arctic Today is a column by PORA CEO Alexander Stotskiy analyzing major international, national and regional events and trends in the Arctic.
Alexander Stotskiy
3 February 2022
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