New plant built in Russia to dispose of hazardous chemical wastes in an environmentally friendly way

New plant built in Russia to dispose of hazardous chemical wastes in an environmentally friendly way

YAROSLAVL, Russian Federation, 28 July 2015 – A thermal treatment plant, newly built by the Russian Railways in the city of Yaroslavi, will treat waste and materials contaminated by polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), one of the most hazardous persistent organic pollutants, in a more environmentally friendly manner.

The establishment of this PCBs waste treatment plant is part a project supported by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF). It has been built in accordance with Russian and international environmental standards and has the capacity to dispose of 12 tons of waste per day.

Philippe Scholtes, Managing Director of UNIDO’s Programme Development and Technical Cooperation Divison, said that the disposal of PCB-contaminated waste is one of the international community's priority tasks. He explained that the conventional destruction of PCB-contaminated waste is done by incineration under extreme and carefully controlled conditions, which is very expensive and can produce more hazardous substances.

“The thermal disposal of PCBs can prevent the formulation of these substances produced during the combustion process and is thus a much cleaner way. I hope that Russian Railways’ experience will be extended to other railway transport enterprises, including in the Republic of Armenia, Belarus and Kazakhstan,” he said.

The President of Russian Railways, Vladimir Yakunin, said that the facilities of the plant will be used for disposing of waste produced not only by Russian Railways, but also by third-party organizations located in the Yaroslavl region.

Yakunin also expressed his readiness to further cooperate with UNIDO in developing new projects in the field of environmental protection and energy efficient solutions.

For more information, please contact:

Sergey Korotkov
Director, UNIDO Center for International Industrial Cooperation in the Russian Federation