The authorities refused to issue a permit for the construction of a landfill in Koryazhma, against which the local residents protested. This was reported on April 1 by the Dvina Segodnya publication.
The reason for the refusal was the non-compliance of the documents provided by the Arkhangelsk Environmental Operator to the requirements for the construction of waste treatment facilities.
At the beginning of March, the company signed a contract with a contractor from St. Petersburg to build a landfill. The cost of the contract amounted to 1,6 billion rubles ($20 million). The complex was supposed to be built in two years. It was planned to recycle or bury 70 thousand tons of waste per year from five districts of the region.
Local residents found out that the Arkhangelsk Environmental Operator failed to do an environmental impact assessment of the project. They filed a lawsuit against the company. The next hearing on the claim will be held on April 4.
The Arkhangelsk Environmental Operator was planning to build a waste sorting complex one kilometer from Koryazhma. The news of the project reached Koryazhma in September 2021. People appealed to the court and demanded to cancel the decision to transfer the land for the construction of the facility. The claim was dismissed. In December, the authorities didn’t allow a protest rally.
On January 13, 2023, the Arkhangelsk Environmental Operator announced an auction for the construction. Similar landfills are planned to be built in Nyandomsky and Kholmogorsky districts.