In 2021, residents of Chukotka collected about 500 tons of scrap metal in various settlements of the district for its further disposal as part of the implementation of the measures of the federal "Clean Arctic" project. Sergey Amerkhanyan, deputy head of the Department of Natural Resources and Ecology of the Chukotka Autonomous Okrug, told TASS about this.
"In 2021, as part of the federal "Clean Arctic" project in four settlements of Chukotka they organized seven sites for the collection of scrap metal. Volunteers from among residents of settlements who are not indifferent to the beauty of their native land, representatives of executive authorities, local self-government and organizations have collected about 500 tons of scrap metal without special equipment," Amerkhanyan said.
He added that this year, for the first time, the regional authorities are planning to involve volunteers from other regions of the country in this activity. Scrap metal will be collected in Pevek, Egvekinot and Beringovsky.
According to regional authorities, more than 80 thousand tons of ferrous metal wastes have been accumulated on the territory of the Okrug - most of this is related to the work of mining enterprises. At the same time, the district budget compensates for the export of scrap metal to companies that have the appropriate license.
Clean Arctic is a volunteer project launched in the summer of 2021. The idea of a public and civil initiative is aimed at creating a unified program for cleaning up the Arctic territories in Russia.