Raising recycling awareness among Russia's next generation

Every year Russia produces around 65 million tons of household waste. With some estimates suggesting only around 10% is recycled, the Russian government has been pushing to kickstart waste separation across the country.

Now, a project is trying to find practical solutions and it is starting by encouraging the next generation to be more environmentally conscious. As part of the initiative, local kids in a rural district in Southern Russia are learning about recycling.

At an afterschool club, they find out what their garbage is made of and how waste separation works. The lesson plans are part of a project by the German development agency GIZ, which is also putting up recycling bins in several cities and towns in the Voronezh region and providing advice on waste management for local governments in two other Russian regions.

A film by Emily Sherwin




6:06 min

Russian Federation

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