Russia-2018 LOC and Spartak Stadium launch separate waste collection

The project is part of the sustainable development vision for the upcoming World Cup
Share 11 March 2016
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The Russia-2018 Local Organizing Committee and Spartak Stadium have launched a separate waste collection initiative as part of the preparations for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™. Coloured bins for different types of waste will be set up in the area of Spartak’s eastern stalls on March 12, when Spartak is due to play a national championship match with Perm’s Amkar on home turf.

The project is part of the sustainable development vision for the upcoming World Cup, developed by FIFA in collaboration with the Organizing Committee. The Organizing Committee has some experience to share with Spartak: 20% of the waste collected at the events of the World Cup Preliminary Draw in St. Petersburg was sent in for recycling in July 2015. More than four tons of waste had been collected in 300 bins, including cardboard, glass, plastic and organic garbage.   

"We welcome this initiative of the Spartak Stadium and their commitment to modern thinking, manifested in their intent to lessen the environmental impact,” said Russia-2018 CEO Aleksey Sorokin.   

The eastern stalls, which include the family sector where fans bring their children, were not a random choice. One of the main ideas of the project is to propagate thoughtful treatment of the environment among children and teens. Later on, separate waste collection facilities will be deployed everywhere around the stadium.  

Moscow has seen much progress lately with its system of separate waste collection. Last year the Russian capital got an interactive map with separate waste collection locations marked. A training course on separate waste collection opened in February 2016.  

"The outputs of this project will be helpful to us in our preparation for the Confederations Cup and World Cup,” said FIFA Head of Sustainability Federico Addiechi. “They will also help to give regular people better access to separate waste disposal and recycling.”