The ex-Minister of Natural Resources and Ecology of Russia, Sergey Donskoy, stated back in 2016 that the agency was considering the possibility of banning plastic utensils, plastic bags and packaging in specially protected natural areas. Recently, the authorities of the Irkutsk region and Buryatia returned to the discussion of this issue.
“Only this measure will definitely not be able to (solve the problem with garbage – ed.). And we supported it as an initiative. But what can definitely change the situation for the better is the systematic construction of an infrastructure for managing MSW (solid municipal waste – ed.). We are working with Irkutsk and Buryatia, which are on both sides of Lake Baikal, to sign a concession agreement for the construction of the relevant infrastructure, and we expect that in the very near future (a month and a half), we will sign these agreements with them. This will allow the regions to create a waste management system that will significantly reduce the volume of disposal that is currently taking place and increase the volume of recycling,” Butsaev said in an interview with Rossiyskaya Gazeta.
The ban on the sale of certain types of plastic, as a measure, is partly effective, he said. “We believe that this is a separate part of the measures that can contribute, but the basis of the work is to create infrastructure,” Butsaev said on the sidelines of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum.