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City Hall Wants Waste Outsourced
October 20, 2012 17:17

The Moscow government has decided to outsource waste recycling services to  the private sector, and is planning a pilot project in its south-western administrative district.

City Hall says it's ready to pay 25 billion roubles to a company that would  take up recycling of the district's 400,000 tonnes of waste over the next 15 years.

The results of the tender will be made public in November, and the winner will have just until New Year to prepare for the huge work outstanding.

According to the draft requirements, the new operator will have to set up quite an extensive infrastructure, including dumps, a fleet of specialized vehicles, sorting stations and waste treatment plants – or make use of existing facilities belonging to other operators.

If the pilot project proves successful, the Moscow government promised to scale it to the rest of municipal districts, with a total of 5.5 million tonnes worth of waste.

Experts have been skeptical pointing out that such hasty decisions imply the authorities have already made up their mind as to who would be given the burden to clean up Moscow and the honour to grab the multimillion trophy that comes along with it.

Anyway, such massive operations can be only run by the industry leaders, so minor companies will have to sit and wait for some of the jobs to be possibly subcontracted to them.

There was, however, little mention of the need for eco-friendly waste management, and while new waste treatment technologies are emerging every year, the government or existing companies have not been quick to make good use of them.

Here’s a brief overview of some green technologies that the Moscow authorities could have introduced to make our lives here and the lives of tourists safer and healthier.

U.S. based high temperature waste pyrolysis specialist, Green Light Energy Solutions (GLES) has assembled a full-scale pilot facility on the territory of its production partner in Moscow region, Russia.

Here’s the waste management system prototype that the Skolkovo Foundation promised to deploy.

Here’s more to read about the problems of waste management in Moscow and the Moscow Region.

We also suggest you check out next year’s WasteTech Moscow Trade Fair to be held at the Crocus Expo International Exhibition Center on 28 - 31 May 2013. If you do want to come, contact Russia-IC to help you in accommodation, taxi, translation and any other services you might need.

Author: Mikhail Vesely

Tags: ecology Moscow    

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