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More Russians Ready For a Greener Country

People are ready totake some measures toimprove theenvironment, but mostly those that dont require alot ofeffort.

Published: December 19, 2013 (Issue # 1791)

  • Household waste disposal is seen by most Russians as the biggest environmental problem facing the nation.
    Photo: Vladimir Filonov / SPT

More than aquarter ofRussians consider theecological situation inthe country tobe close tocatastrophic and59 percent said that there are severe ecological problems, according toa survey that state-run VTsIOM carried out inNovember.

Themajority ofrespondents said that thecountrys ecological problems have grown worse over recent years andonly 4 percent said that thesituation has improved.

Household waste disposal was highlighted as thekey ecological problem with more than three-quarters ofrespondents also saying that it is necessary toeradicate waste dumps andset up arecycling system.

Transport, industrial waste anddeforestation were named thenext most significant challenges.

TheNatural Resources andEnvironment Ministry plans toapprove abill about household andindustrial waste inthe first quarter of2014, Minister Sergei Donskoy said last week. Thebill is expected tohelp create arecycling industry andmake manufacturers pay recycling fees.

Other measures that theministry is considering include increasing fines forexcessive industrial emissions, introducing tariffs forcars that use low quality fuel anda law requiring factories touse more efficient technologies.

But while themajority ofthe survey respondents said that thefederal government is themost important source forchange, 34 percent attributed responsibility forthe ecological situation tothemselves.

People are ready totake some measures toimprove theenvironment, but mostly those that dont require alot ofeffort, such as keeping streets clean, obeying fire regulations inforests andparks, andusing water efficiently, thesurvey showed. Fewer people were ready toconserve energy intheir homes andan even lower number ofrespondents were willing touse ecologically friendly transportation or fuel.

Over 90 percent ofthose taking thesurvey said they are ready torecycle and81 percent said that they would hand inplastic bottles if they got alittle compensation, though people were less willing totake theextra effort torecycle paper or used batteries. No margin oferror was given forthe survey.


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Thursday, Apr. 24

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Friday, Apr. 25

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