Dry toilets works for people and nature

The problem of wastewater treatment in non-canalized areas is intensifies in the warm season, when thousands of citizens come to gardening communities and villages. In houses with non-permanent residence, simple cesspool toilets are usually installed, nutrient runoff from them flow into groundwater and surface water, polluting drinking water sources and causing water "blooming" in lakes and rivers, accompanied by deterioration of living conditions of aquatic inhabitants. Dry toilet is an eco-friendly alternative to cesspool toilets.

In the Leningrad region 4 demonstration complexes “Dry toilet with separate collection and composting of waste” has installed - in the Lomonosovsky, Volosovsky, Gatchina and Luga districts, by Ecocentrum Ltd with the participation of the Friends of the Baltic NGO. 

At the forum “Ecology of the Big City” waste management became one of the key topics for discussion. Friends of the Baltic participated in Forum events and spoke about the role public participation and citizen science in marine litter and microplastics research. Read the brief report below.

More than 180 participants from St.Petersburg and Leningrad region, as well as from Estonia, joined to River Narova Festival in Ivangorod. Teams of schoolchildrean and teachers  took part in the event. Local citizens joined to the action.


The nutrient load on water bodies, marine litter, and microplastics issues were discussed at the annual workshop for public river watch. This year new participants joined the network: heads of school environmental groups, specialists of additional education, and volunteers. The workshop attendees tested research methods and planned field trips to water bodies of the Gulf of Finland basin.

The Seleznevka river flows in both Russia and Finland, thus two countries are responsible for the quality of its waters. We need joint actions to improve water bodies state. Russian and Finnish schoolchildren will carry out public watch of natural waters that will include inspecting the content of biogenic pollutants. Such measurements have been conducted for many years on the southern shore of the Gulf of Finland and in other areas of the Leningrad region. All results are available at the Public watch of natural waters map that was developed with support of "Nature and people" programme of Coalition Clean Baltic.


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