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W.A.S.T.E. Waste Awareness: Sorting, Treatment, Education

1 october 2011

The project “W.A.S.T.E. Waste Awareness: Sorting, Treatment, Education” is based on the experience gained from the previous project “Introduction of waste sorting methods in Petrozavodsk”, which was initiated in 2009 by Petrozavodsk City Administration within the frames of an environmental campaign.

As a result of the first stage of the project, pilot house yards in Petrozavodsk (Republic of Karelia) were equipped with new vandal-resistant containers for paper, plastic, glass and tin for further recycling, and residents of the chosen houses started separate collection of solid waste.


Raising the environmental awareness of the residents became an important part of the activities. Also within the frames of the project several trainings for representatives of communal service companies and study visits to Finland and Denmark were organized aiming at introducing the Nordic experience in waste management. The project was coordinated by SYKLI, Environmental School of Finland, who offered their expertise in ecological education and training of specialists.

Successful implementation of the project attracted much public attention and a favourable environment has been created for continuing the work in this direction. The W.A.S.T.E. project was initiated in order to involve other regions of North-West Russia into cooperation and to spread the positive experience of waste treatment further. Other districts of Petrozavodsk, as well as the Kizhi open-air museum and Sestroretsk municipality, will be involved in the pilot activities. The opening of the Waste Info-Center in Petrozavodsk and launching a web-site on environmental protection and information campaigns in schools are also scheduled in the project plan.

Both projects were supported by the Nordic Council of Ministers within the Knowledge Building and Networking Programme for the North-West Russia.


  1. Preparatory stage. Negotiations among partners, adaption of the final activity plan: September-November 2011
  1. Kick-off seminar in Petrozavodsk: 30 November 2011
  1. Practical work. Installation of containers for separate collection of waste in Petrozavodsk and Sestroretsk: November 2011-February 2012
  1. Preparatory work and Opening of the Waste Info-center in the premises of Avtospetstrans municipal company in Petrozavodsk: January-May 2012
  1. Educational component. Seminars and trainings in Sestroretsk, Petrozavodsk and on Kizhi Island: September 2011-June 2013
  1. Study visits to the Nordic countries, workshops:
  • Finland (Helsinki) – ecological education in schools: March 2012
  •  Finland (Helsinki, Turku) and Åland – cultural objects and challenges of waste utilization: May 2012
  •  Finland (Helsinki) and Denmark (Copenhagen) – establishment of a system of waste collection and recycling: autumn 2012
  • Finland (Helsinki) and Norway (Oslo) – utilization of hazardous waste: spring 2013
  1. Information campaign: April 2012-April 2013
  1. Evaluation: May-June 2013
  1. Final conference in Petrozavodsk: June 2013
  1. Auditing and reporting: September-October 2013
Administrative partner:
Swedish-Karelian Information and Business Center, Petrozavodsk, Republic of Karelia
Petrozavodsk City Administration
Avtospetstrans Municipal Waste Management Company, Petrozavodsk
Center of the Development of Education, Petrozavodsk
The Kizhi State Open-Air Museum
Sestroretsk City Administration
Apatity City Administration
Murmansk City Administration
Pskov City Administration
SYKLI, Environmental School of Finland, Helsinki 
Norrebro Environmental Center, Copenhagen, Denmark (Miljøpunkt Nørrebro)
Association of Waste Management Companies of Norway, Oslo (Avfall Norge)