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A few years ago in Saint-Petersburg nobody knew about microplastics. But during the last year thanks to initiative of Friends of the Baltic public organization and Ecocentrum company experts began to study  this problem and developed and tested The methodology for monitoring pollution of water bodies with microplastics*. The number of people who know about the microplastics and would like to change the situation is growing every year.

On June 17, a complex event combining social and environmental projects was held at the ranch "Golden Horseshoe" in Gatchina district of the Leningrad region - the festival of equal opportunities, a seminar on sewage treatment and the opening of a new demonstration dry toilet available for people with disabilities.

Seminar " Environmentally friendly ways of wastewater treatment for small settlements and gardening communities: practical experience" was organized by Ecocentrum Ltd with the support of the Coalition Clean Baltic with participation of the Friends of the Baltic NGO, the Regional Center for Youth Policy of the Leningrad Region Delami.Ru, company Biolan, Biodinamic NGO.

This seminar continued the topic started at the first thematic seminar in November 2017. The first seminar was dedicated to the overall discussion of solutions for the treatment of small settlements and individual houses wastewater in the non-canalized areas of the Leningrad Region and the suburbs of St. Petersburg and ways to solve it. During the seminar on June 17, an educational and practical block was organized, which enabled participants to get practically acquainted with the main methods of wastewater treatment in rural areas.

Ecocentrum and Friends of the Baltic together with the employees of the Fertoing and Mordraga companies on June 9 held a clean-up on the beach of the Kronshtadt municipality on the Kotlin island in the Gulf of Finland, and conducted monitoring of marine macro-litter on the coast.

Members of the public environmental organization "Friends of the Baltic" at the environmental forum "Ant wave-2018" on the North shore of the Gulf of Finland told local residents about environmental consequences of the marine litter, especially plastic. Publications on microplastic and environmentally friendly lifestyle was given to the library of Zelenogorsk town and local inhabitants. The participants of the workshop devoted to the reduction of plastic waste on the individual level and the whole family learned how to determine the plastic marking, recognize about what plastic is suitable for food, how separate waste collection works, and why microplastic is a big problem.

An environmental action "Barefoot on the beach" was held on June 13, on the beach of the Gulf of Finland in the village of Bolshaya Izhora. The staff of "The Regional center of culture and youth initiatives", the employees of youth labor brigades, volunteers of the VOLUNTEER-LR movement were both cleaned coastal areas, and learned to carry out monitoring of marine litter by international methodology http://baltfriends.ru/eng_rw_manual under the guidance of the Ecocentrum and Friends of the Baltic experts.

 

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