In the "Bookmark" section, Life around shows sites, instagram pages, public and telegram channels - not necessarily popular, but interesting, funny or beautiful. This time - the project of Nikolai Korobov “Biozavr”, which helps residents of Yekaterinburg to join in the processing of waste and separate waste disposal. In his channel, he talks about what recyclables can be recycled and how to do it in the Ural capital. Also, the author can pick up recyclable garbage from your home at no cost and take it to the base.
Life around talked with Nikolai about the deliberate waste disposal, about the start of the project and why it is worth mistrusting the recycling points.
How did the "Biosaurus"
Since childhood, I loved to get out and constantly threw everything away. Then it seemed to me that if I threw some unnecessary thing out of the trash, I took a good step, because the house was clean. Now for me this is completely wrong, throwing things away has become much harder, especially those that cannot be recycled. I understand: indelible garbage lies in my apartment or in a landfill for several kilometers - nothing changes, it still exists.
I started sorting rubbish in 2013 - then I was impressed by the commercial within the framework of the year of ecology on Rain. At first it turned out only with waste paper, because the reception point was not far from the house. There was nowhere to turn in plastic, glass and metal, so I divided the garbage into paper and recyclables, which I threw into the orange tanks of Special Vehicles. Later I heard that this is a fiction, and the orange tanks are no different from ordinary ones. I was depressed, but the idea of sorting the waste was rooted in me.
After the appearance of a personal car, I began to deliver recyclables to processing sites. At the same Spetsavtobaz they took plastic, but not only the one that can be recycled, but the whole. Then I realized that they themselves select what is possible to recycle, and the rest is sent to the landfill, so I continued to look for other solutions. Only a year ago, serious improvements began in Yekaterinburg regarding the issue of separate waste disposal. The most important thing is to get money for recyclables. If the reception is free, then it is not a fact that a person wants to process it, but if you are paid, then this is already a business, the operator is interested in processing the received material.
All the time, without fanaticism, I shared my ideas and views with friends, and found useful connections. For example, a friend works as a system administrator and configures the technique in a large organization. They often purchase new devices, so at work mountains of polystyrene, cardboard and other packaging material are formed, which he allowed to take for recycling. I do this on a private volunteer basis and thus help. My goal is to recycle as much as possible of the recyclable materials that I can reach. As a development of my ideas, the Biosaurus project appeared.
Why is it needed
I started this project because I wanted to go beyond my apartment. Over the years, I have collected information about processing in Yekaterinburg from personal experience and now I have a wealth of knowledge. I tried to find out as much as possible what becomes of recycled material after I passed it. If after it is in a landfill, then it’s easier for me to look for other options.
People cannot bring garbage without a car, they don’t know where to take it, and they want help. It’s not difficult for me to drop by someone along the way, pick up his cans and plastic, and then pass it along with mine.
The main problem of the processing industry in Yekaterinburg is that no one is interested in small volumes. If the company is serious, then they bring garbage to it with trucks and trucks, and two bags of bottles or plastic from an ordinary person - this is more fuss than result. Therefore, some items accept garbage only in large volumes. For the last two years, I could not find a place to hand in bottles and cans - at first they took from 100 kilograms, then they said that from 100 kilograms of the same color, then they decided to take from 500 kilograms. But I found one place that takes glass, including in small volumes. It is very difficult to separately separate the garbage separately alone; you need to drive to different ends of the city to attach plastic, waste paper and glass.
How does he work
So far, the project has just started, and in two weeks there have been five shipments. For all the people who write in direct now, I say: save up from three IKey bags, and then I'll take everything out. So far, I do not take away all the categories of materials that I could, because I do not have confidence in the places where I can pass them. For all the categories (metal, polystyrene foam, unnecessary souvenirs, covers, appliances, plastic, batteries, glass, waste paper) that I accept now, I am sure that they will be recycled as efficiently as possible.
Until the moment of delivery, I store recyclables in the garage, from where I remove them when a certain amount of one type accumulates. If I did not have a garage and a car, my activism would not have developed like that. Now the garage area is not enough, expansion is required.
All pictures for the project are made by Anna Kineva, a photographer and the only person to whom Biosaurus is signed. On the bases themselves they manage to gain some funds, but there is no income - if I spent 1,000 rubles on gasoline for transportation, then I will beat 300 rubles off that.
Now we want to enter a permanent working mode so that the project does not close after two months and acts as a tool for those who want to start sorting garbage. My friends are launching the Ecology project, where you can hand in recyclables for money, but there is a limit on the volume - they give money only for a set of 100 kilograms or more. A smaller amount of recyclable materials will simply be taken away for free. We are now considering ways to integrate the Biosaurus into this application. If you have large volumes, then this is for Ecology, if small, then for Biosaur.
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