The project originated in 2018 when Lake Baikal Foundation pulled close attention to one of the most serious environmental problems in the Baikal region: garbage left in the national parks by visitors. To make the waste management system sustainable we initiated the Trash Free National Parks program. The pilot was launched in the Zabaikalsky National Park which is a part of the extensive protected natural area «Zapovednoye Podlemorye» located in the Republic of Buryatia. It is here where first recycling points were installed.
We started with a scientific research which helped us to answer the question: «Is the garbage generated in the national park irrecyclable trash?». The results showed that nearly half (42%) the garbage is valuable secondary materials which should be collected separately and recycled. The most popular type of «tourist garbage» is glass bottles followed by plastic, tins and cans.
Effort and resources contributed to elimination of left garbage on the Baikal shore have not come unnoticed: on the natural area of 269 thousand hectares we implemented comprehensive separate garbage collection and education program for visitors. Over two years, 3 tons of recyclables have been transported to the recycling plant.
For this system to keep working, in hot summer season the national park can maintain only with the help of volunteers which need shelter, nutrition and uniform. To this end we raise 570 thousand rubles (6,3 thousand euros) with support of the Dobro charitable platform.
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