Freedom from plastic

Published on Monday, 11 October 2021

Futuristic animated cartoons about a garbage collapse on a cosmic scale, once caused surprise, but right now these pictures are becoming a reality. According to the World Bank, the world generates 2.01 billion tonnes of municipal solid waste annually, with at least 33 percent of that not managed in an environmentally safe manner.

By the way, speaking of space, now in the Earth's orbit there are already about 7 thousand tons of debris, consisting of artificial objects and their fragments, which are already faulty, do not function and will forever remain useless.


Crisis of plastic

Plastic is one of the major types of human waste. It is omnipresent. It covers the seabed, dotted fields and forest paths, nailed to the northern ice and southern sandy beaches, and toxic micro- and nanoplastics keep poisoning living organisms.

Plastic pollution is exacerbating the climate crisis, and at a high international level it is already recognized as an environmental injustice due to its disproportionate impact on the most vulnerable communities.

In a matter of decades, the problem of plastic pollution has switched from a local level to a global one, and it cannot be solved overnight. It is impossible to cope with the suffering of all living organisms on the planet, as well as with inaction on the part of governments, businesses, organizations and local communities.

The problem of plastic pollution is sortable if we act together and leave no room for doubts and laziness.


Zero waste vision

“ZERO WASTE” - this is the environmental goal set by Enel Russia. The company strives to introduce new technologies and solutions that can reduce waste generation and ensure its disposal, excluding waste disposed of by burning or landfilling. Specific work covers plastic waste. In power plants, plastic waste consists of discarded personal protective equipment (helmets, goggles, etc.), plastic panels, canisters, plastic bottles, food packaging, and more.

How it functions can be clearly seen at the Konakovskaya GRES. Here, in the fall of 2020, the direction of plastic waste to landfills stopped. In the same period, an environmental campaign was launched at the power plant to collect plastic protective helmets for their further disposal. Employees of KGRES and contractors brought old, broken, used, expired helmets, which then were handed over for recycling to a secondary polymer plant in the city of Tver. During the action, about 600 helmets were collected from 286 participants, which is more than 180 kg of plastic. Now, at Konakovskaya GRES, helmets and plastic of any kind are permanently accumulated in specialized labeled containers and transported for disposal. For household plastic, trash cans for the separate collection of used plastic have been installed at the plant.

In just nine months of 2021, Konakovskaya GRES sent 1.175 tons of plastic waste for disposal.

Every step towards the ecological health of the planet matters - and our efforts will be appreciated by our descendants. We can do it, but only together.