POSTED: October 6th 2008

Green makeover for Sochi

Sochi: looking ahead / Photo courtesy Sochi 2014
Sochi: looking ahead / Photo courtesy Sochi 2014

LAURA WALDEN / Sports Features Communications

SOCHI: Sochi 2014 is going green by adopting a new and more efficient eco-friendly urban waste recycling system for the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

A €30m waste-processing plant will be constructed in Sochi and completed in 2010, making it the first in Russia of its type. The upgraded system is designed to recycle 240 tons of waste a year and more than double the current waste burning system and will use a smarter categorizing system.

Dmitry Chernyshenko, the president and chief executive officer of Sochi 2014, said: "Sochi 2014 is committed to an environmental policy which will not only protect but also enhance the overall environment of the region. The new waste processing plant in Sochi is already under construction."

The plan is being carried out by the main manufacturer which undertook a similar project before the Torino 2006 winter Olympics and is a valuable example of the exchange of knowledge program between host cities.

Chernyshenko added: “This is a very important urban infrastructure development that is a direct result of Sochi hosting the 2014 Winter Games.

“The plant will provide visitors to the 2014 Olympic and Paralympic Games with a comfortable environment and will also create favorable living conditions in the region for future generations.”

Apart from the new processing system, the Sochi 2014 Zero Waste Balance project will develop facilities to take care of local hard household and biological waste.

Decommissioning the old Sochi waste burning plant started today as a 70 meter stretch of pipe was imploded and 700 tons of materials were deconstructed while taking care not to damage nearby buildings.

Keywords · Sochi 2014 · trash recycling · Dmitry Chernyshenko · Torino 2006

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