WasteLess Karelias addresses the problem of littering and insufficient waste management facilities in rural villages in North Karelia and the Karelian Republic. We encourage and support local residents, authorities and companies to improve their waste management system and the rural living environment. We explore local waste situation and the perceptions, knowledge and potentials of waste prevention and recycling. WasteLess Karelias organises local waste management workshops, clean up events, cross border school competition and a Trash-Art Festival.
The project is lead by University of Eastern Finland (UEF) and carried out in collaboration with 3 additional partners: Association for Rural Culture and Education (MSL), Insitute of Economics of the Karelian Research Center (IoE) and the Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE).
- Cleaner village landscapes
- Increased awareness about waste prevention and recycling
- Improved access to waste sorting facilities
- Improve readiness to implement waste legislation
Read about project’s findings:
- Research article: Russia’s waste policy and rural waste management in the Karelian Republic: building up a ruin to come?
- Discussion: Building up a ruin to come: why the Russian waste reform seems doomed to fail in rural areas?