The Head of the Komi Republic, Vladimir Uyba, during a phone-in, called the Ezhvinsky District's residents, who started collecting signatures against the construction of a waste sorting plant, "ecological garbage". Uyba urged "not to succumb to provocations from so called eco-activists." The recorded live broadcast is published in the official account of the republican authorities.
The authorities plan to transport waste from seven districts of the republic and Syktyvkar to the Ezhvinsky District. The residents are afraid that only 15% of waste will be sent for recycling, and the rest of the waste will be sent to the landfill next to the plant. According to the officials, the plant will allow reducing the environmental pressure and introducing separate waste collection in Komi.
"There are people who want to have an eco-republic, and those people for whom the worse, the better. Pardon my expression, this ecological garbage. How can they say that sorting is bad? Well, excuse me, then what is good?" said Vladimir Uyba during the live broadcast.
The residents of Komi started collecting signatures against the construction of a waste sorting plant in early December 2022. They installed signature collection points in cafés, shops, a church, and a polyclinic of the Ezhvinsky District.
The activists urged residents to file complaints with the Komi Ministry of Natural Resources by December 17. They demanded holding public hearings on the construction, convening a special commission to assess the risks of "social tension", and providing the results of environmental expertise, as well as introducing separate waste collection. According to Vladimir Uyba, the construction of the complex in Ezhva will begin after public discussions and confirmation of environmental safety.
In Arkhangelsk Oblast, neighboring Komi, the authorities also decided to build landfills in seven districts of the region. Among them are the cities of Nyandoma and Koryazhma, as well as the Kholmogorsky District. At the end of May, residents of Nyandoma handed more than 4 thousand signatures against the construction of the landfill over to the governor, and at public hearings, they unanimously demanded stopping the works. In November 2021, communists of Arkhangelsk launched the collection of signatures against the waste sorting plant in the Kholmogorsky district. In early August, their claim was dismissed.