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WasteLess Karelias

The project tackles littering and improves waste management in rural villages in North Karelia, Finland, and the Karelian Republic, Russia. We encourage and support local residents, authorities and companies in two Finnish and three Russian villages to improve their waste management system and the rural living environment. We explore local waste management situation and the perceptions, knowledge and potentials of waste prevention and recycling. The project 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 SYKE, Association for Rural Culture and Education (MSL) and Insitute of Economics of the Karelian Research Center (IoE).

Follow the project on our website and in the WasteLess StoryPortal!


project news

Waste station in Timanttikylät officially opened 

News 4.6.2021
Building of new sorting and waste station in Timanttikylät was completed already in late 2019, but due to corona it´s grand opening was postponed until may 2021. That turned out to be a good thing after all since during this extra year sorting possibilities develped significantly. So in grand opening we were able to celebrate not only the new waste station but also it´s improved  functions.


Waste workshops via science-theatre 

News 17.5.2021
New ways of organizing waste info and art workshops for school children were tested in WasteLess Karelias project during this spring. Since corona has made it difficult to visit schools we decided to use virtual connection for workshops. Also new artform for WLK project was introduced; combination of science and theatre was the core of these workshops.


Construction of new collection points completed in Vedlozero

News 8.3.2021
Four new collection points for mixed waste have been installed in Vedlozero (Vieljärvi), Republic of Karelia, as part of the WasteLess Karelias Project. Each of them now contains from one to four mixed-waste containers. We hope that soon the old containers will be replaced with new ones, and then the collection points will become not only functional, but also more aesthetic.


Building up a ruin to come: why the Russian waste reform seems doomed to fail in rural areas?

News 16.2.2021
For two years now, the project "WasteLess Karelias" has been working in three Karelian villages - Vedlozero, Naystenjärvi and Tolvuja. We carry out specific activities – building collection points for mixed waste, conducting environmental campaigns and working with schools – to improve the waste situation.  Also, we are trying to understand why the ongoing Russian waste reform bypasses the rural areas. At the end of 2020, we published a research article, where we offer our own vision of the Russian waste reform challenges, and recently – a short popularised version of the same article. 


Ecotaxi collected sorted waste in the Pryazhinsky district of Karelian Republic

News 4.12.2020
“Ecotaxi”, organized by the WasteLess Karelias CBC Project jointly with the Calypso company and the Ecodvor project, visited the villages of Yurgilitsa, Vedlozero, Pryazha and Matrosy over the last weekend of November. This was the first experience of organizing an “outbound” Ecotaxi, which runs around Petrozavodsk almost every day. We very much hoped that the residents of the villages in Pryazha municipal district would take an active part in the action, as this event aimed at making their living environment cleaner by collecting the waste that can be recycled.





Published 2021-06-04 at 14:17, updated 2021-06-04 at 14:17