Old things are not rubbish, but raw materials: How nature helps in the ecological center “Vyatka without rubbish”

The ecological center accepts 22 types of recyclables. Photo: https://vk.com/vyatkabezmusora

On April 22, the world celebrates Earth Day, the purpose of which is to draw our attention to the fragility and vulnerability of the planet. In Russia, it is considered a holiday of public organizations that carry out various environmental events and actions. On the eve of this day, Komsomolskaya Pravda learned about the events it organized in Kirov from the ecological center Vyatka Without Garbage.

WHAT GIVES A SPECIAL COLLECTION OF GARBAGE

Vyatka Without Garbage has been around for over five years. Anastasia Skurikhina is now its leader and ideological inspirer. The work of this ecological center is coordinated by the Land of Life Territorial Development Fund.

The “Viatka without garbage” started with actions for the receipt of recyclables by residents of the city, which took place in different addresses. The eco-center notes that it was rather inconvenient and the amount of raw materials it received is much smaller than it is now. Fortunately, last year the project had its own “home”. ag. Young Guard, 14th century. At first it was a small room, after a few months it was two, then three. The ecological center now occupies most of the building.

And the issue of separate garbage collection gradually began to attract more and more residents of Kirov. One of the participants in the project, Anastasia, noted that a well-coordinated team is now working here. It includes people who want to make our city cleaner and the world better.

Valentina also shared her opinion on Vyatka Without Garbage. She said she learned about the sorting experience two years ago from her teacher. And it also started to separate household waste. He came to the ecological center on the eve of 2022 and works there as an administrator for the fourth month.

“I realized I wanted to be part of this wonderful project, a group of interesting and ideological people,” says Valentina. – For me, “Vyatka without garbage” is a place where you want to return and every day, little by little, to create a better future!

Wrappers – FOR RECYCLING, MAGNETS – FOR ART

22 types of recyclables are accepted in the main hall of the ecological center. The largest fraction (by mass, volume and proportion) is plastic, paper and glass. In addition, toothbrushes, cards, razors, foil, candy wrappers, paper clips, polyethylene foam, pens, markers, trays are also recycled.

Here you can attend free workshops to turn old objects into various useful crafts.  Photo: https://vk.com/vyatkabezmusora

Here you can attend free workshops to turn old objects into various useful crafts. Photo: https://vk.com/vyatkabezmusora

Among the recycled materials there are things that give new life to the craftsmen and artisans of our area. Ceramics, cork, bagasse, magnets, deodorant balls, kinder surprise eggs, silica gel, vinyl records are used for various crafts. So everyday things that have been turned into rubbish are turned into creative material.

The main hall is not a typical reception point, which most associate with a basement and workers in dirty clothes. This is a well renovated room, beautiful, elegant and clean. After all, cleanliness is one of the most important conditions for the acceptance of recyclable products, otherwise it will disappear from suppliers or in the factory and will end up not in recycling, but in the garbage.

Along with the collection of recyclables, the eco center operates a free market, which exhibits many different types of household items and accessories – anyone can come and get whatever they want for free. All things here are in good condition, whole and clean, but no longer needed by the previous owners. When there are too many things on the open market, they are transferred to city agencies that help the needy and low-income. And at the eco center there is a bookcrossing – a shelf for exchanging books.

Along with the collection of recyclables, the eco center operates a free market, which exhibits many different types of household items and accessories - anyone can come and get whatever they want for free.  Photo: https://vk.com/vyatkabezmusora

Along with the collection of recyclables, the eco center operates a free market, which exhibits many different types of household items and accessories – anyone can come and get whatever they want for free. Photo: https://vk.com/vyatkabezmusora

EDUCATE GOOD HABITS

Another area of ​​work of the Land of Life Territorial Development Fund is ecological education. Its purpose is to teach people to understand the different types of packaging and obsolete, unnecessary things not as garbage, but as raw materials for further processing. For this project, the organization received financial support from the Presidential Grant Fund. From February, for a year and a half, various lectures, master classes and film screenings will take place at the Vyatka Without Garbage ecological center. The events are designed for people of all ages: from kindergartens to retirees. But the main focus is on young people – they do not need to be retrained, as long as the right ecological habits are formed, thanks to which the generation of garbage will be reduced. And this is much more important than processing it.

From February, for a year and a half, various lectures, master classes and film screenings will take place at the Vyatka Without Garbage ecological center.  Photo: https://vk.com/vyatkabezmusora

From February, for a year and a half, various lectures, master classes and film screenings will take place at the Vyatka Without Garbage ecological center. Photo: https://vk.com/vyatkabezmusora

Now almost every day the ecological center hosts events with students. Especially for this, a large lecture hall has been set up, a team has been prepared that is ready to say, show and tour. At the eco-center, you can also attend free workshops for scrapbooking, patchwork, making nylon tights and repairing technical defects at home. Everyone teaches to give new life to the old.

And from August 2019, the Foundation implements the Eco-Neighbors project. To participate in this, apartment building residents must join, leave an application on the site econeighbors.rf, study the rules for separate collection and start accumulating recyclables. An agreement will be concluded with them, according to which they will have to send the money for the delivered kilos for landscaping or landscaping of their yard. As a result, it is not only nature that wins, but also people: less garbage enters the environment and neighbors become more united and smarter in the field of ecology.

GREAT

Any resident of Kirov can support the project “Vyatka without garbage” by testing himself as a volunteer of the ecological center. These people help visitors properly distribute recyclable materials in fractions. You can come for a few hours or days, but you have to remember that ecological activity is addictive. Many of those who once started volunteering at Vyatka Without Garbage now work here.

Alexandra, an expert at the center’s SMM, says that during the first week of volunteering, she learned absolutely all the fractions, although she did not understand it before.

– I saw how different categories of people come – both in terms of wealth and age. And all those who delivered recyclables feel satisfied that they have done something really worthwhile.

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