Illegal dump tarnishes ‘green’ Sochi Games

“Trucks unload rubbish at a dumping ground near the village of Gorny Vozdukh some 14 km outside of the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi on February 21, 2013. Away from the construction bustle of Sochi’s Olympic Park, where Russia will host the Winter Olympics next February, residents of a small community of Uch-Dere north of central Sochi have seen only the filthy side of preparations.”

“On the website of the Sochi Organising Committee, the “Zero waste” programme promises an “up-to-date system of waste management”, “non-waste technologies”, and recycling even before preparation for the Games is complete.”

“Zero waste means that all waste produced during the Games is treated on-site,” said Organising Committee chief Dmitry Chernyshenko this month. “But we go much further in our environmental responsibilities.”


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