No time to waste: Moscow urged to recycle, not burn
MOSCOW: Protests have been growing in recent months over the stench from landfill sites around Moscow, overflowing with millions of tonnes of rubbish. Authorities have now decided on a plan to tackle the problem – generating energy by burning the waste instead. Russia produces almost 70 million tonnes of rubbish per year, according to Greenpeace’s estimates. At the end of March, about 50 children received medical treatment in Volokolamsk, a town northwest of Moscow, after breathing gases emitted from a landfill site. “What’s the point of creating a new source of pollution when we could solve the problem with recycling plants?” asked Kiselyov, of Greenpeace.