Wildlife and environment
Last batch of waste removed from Novaya Zemlya and Franz Josef Land this year
© RIA Novosti. Ramil Sitdikov

Last batch of waste removed from Novaya Zemlya and Franz Josef Land this year

The waste removal season on the Novaya Zemlya and Franz Josef Land archipelagoes has come to a close. Yesterday, a fresh batch of industrial waste, the last one this year, was delivered to the port of Arkhangelsk, said Alexander Kirilov, deputy director for environmental protection at the Russian Arctic National Park.

"The day before, the last ship with industrial waste, workers and machinery on board arrived from Novaya Zemlya. Earlier, Arctic waste had been brought from Franz Josef Land. Waste removal on both archipelagoes this year is over," TASS quoted Kirilov as saying.

While work continues to assess the total amount of waste removed, it's already clear that the planned target has been met, he added.

This year, the target was the same as last year — no less than 8,000 metric tons for Franz Josef Land and no less than 1,000 metric tons for Novaya Zemlya. In 2014, more than 10,400 metric tons of industrial waste was removed from the two archipelagoes.

In 2015, the cleanup continued on Novaya Zemlya and on two islands of Franz Josef Land — Graham Bell and Heiss — and it also started on Hofmann Island.