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Ecological expedition to Bely Island collects 500 metric tons of scrap
© RIA Novosti. Pavel Lisitsyn

Ecological expedition to Bely Island collects 500 metric tons of scrap

Another ecological expedition to Bely Island has come to an end, the Arctic-Info Agency reports.

In 2015, the expedition set out to finish the cleanup of the Mikhail Popov Maritime Hydrometeorological Station and the former territory of Army Unit No. 61892. At present, about 500 metric tons of scrap metal is ready to be loaded onto a ship.

The expedition was carried out by volunteers from Moscow, Samara, Sevastopol, the Sverdlovsk, Tyumen and Kurgan regions, and the Khanty-Mansi and Yamalo-Nenets autonomous areas.

The ecological expedition was launched by the head of the Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Area, Dmitry Kobylkin, in 2012, with the main aim of removing industrial damage and restoring the environmental balance in this unique area. Nearly 700 metric tons of scrap metal has been collected over three years.