2012-2014 ENPI SE500 “Waste Management”
Overall objective of the project is to develop and maintain a modern sustainable ecological system for waste management and recycling technologies of industrial and domestic waste in the program region. Specific objective is to analyze and make a description of the best practices of the existing waste management systems in Russia and Finland and improve their efficiency through creation of the Waste Exchange e-portal as an effective tool of waste system in the program area
Every year in St. Petersburg there is about 10 million cubic meters of solid municipal waste; the cost of its disposal constantly increases and places on the public and commercial organizations. At the same time waste generators could offset some of their disposal costs producing a new product from solid waste: heat and electricity, recyclables, construction materials, etc. Uncultivated culture of waste separation and ignorance to recycling and other modern sustainable waste management practices a clear need for implementing some immediate solutions.
Final beneficiaries of the project are the citizens, manufacturing ventures and public utilities of St. Petersburg and suburbs. The result of the project is significant improvement of environmental situation, direct support of using modern technologies for waste processing through the organizational and information for recycling. Also beneficiaries of the project are foreign small and medium enterprises of border regions who are interested in purchasing or supply of waste.
The achieved results were reached by using methodology and tools awarded via grant (survey, researches, visibility competition, seminars and work group meetings). Project became an efficient instrument which strengthened the Waste Management system in Saint-Petersburg using the significant advantage of Finnish experts and key Russian researches in the area. The Expert Council was established in order to have the best Finnish and Russian experience in all project stages, and to support consulting questions, decision making, and to implement and evaluate research work. As one of the main achievements of the project is the wide list of researches the high-qualified professionals in the project area have succeed to organize. Based on the researches occurred the recommendations (that will be used by the Committee on Municipal Improvement of St. Petersburg to develop and improve the city policy in the area) were prepared. Several seminars and presentations of project achievements were held at different events during implementation. The competition «Clear Vision: St. Petersburg without garbage» was organized. as a result of this competition the jury selected winners in three categories : best picture, best video work, scored the highest number of likes.