JRL NEWSWATCH VIDEO: “Drowning in waste, Russians fume over lack of recycling” – AFP

Aerial View of Kremlin and Environs

“… rubbish towers above the Timokhovo dump outside Moscow, one of the biggest in Europe. Authorities plan to build an incinerator to burn some of the trash, but … activists are fighting for it to be recycled instead. Since 2013, residents have complained of foul sulphurous smells and worry that effluents are polluting ground water. … [A]uthorities acknowledged the smell comes from the dump, but say it is now safe because of a filtration system. Activists however dispute this claim. Just 7% of rubbish is recycled in Russia, according to official data. This falls far below France’s 43% or Germany’s 68% achieved in 2017, according to Eurostat. …”

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