Legal and Illegal Dumps in Voronezhskaya Region, Russia

Posted: February 15, 2012 in Environmental Safety, Spatial data, Sustainable Development
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I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw that map! The true situation with waste management uncovered at the official geoportal of Voronezhskaya region.

The geoportal itself is quite good especially for Russia and thare are a lot of information. It is even possible to download some of the data and almost all metadata. And because of their kindness we can see the ugly face of true Russian environmental ignorance and corruption:

Dumps in Voronezhskaya region: Red circles – illegal dumps; Green circles – officially allowed, unlicensed dumps; Squares with circles inside – landfills

First of all – you may see how many red circles out there. These are my “favourite” illegal dumps… terrible indeed.

But look at all these green circles and don’t let them trick you: green here does not stand for “green”. These are the same as illegal dumps, but… legal! Yes, these are dumps and their owners have no license for waste treatment and will never have because the soil and ground waters are not protected there.

So we have 9 landfills there. But not all of them have licence too… And finally there are no waste treatment plant at all.

Here you are an ugly inconvenient truth about dumps in Russia. Thanks to administration for shearing with us, but too bad they paint the same shit in different colours.

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