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A Toxics-Free Future


Provision of Preconditions for Organisation of Collection of Burnt Mercury-containing Bulbs from Residents of Nizhniy Novgorod and Nizhegorodskaya Oblast

This project details the IMEAP activities of the Russian environmental NGO ‘DRONT’ in collaboration with IPEN’s Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central American (EECCA) Hub ‘Eco-Accord’ and another Russian NGO ‘SPES’ (see separate IMEAP report for parallel activities undertaken by SPES on mercury pollution from contaminated sites in the Nizegorodsky district of Russia). DRONT focused their activities on pollution created by used (‘burnt out’ or discarded) compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) that contain mercury, and on improving awareness of the health implications of this waste. In addition, DRONT engaged with waste collectors, government officials and other NGOs to help to develop a proposal to safely collect used CFLs in Nizhniy Novgorod and surrounding areas. DRONT prepared a range of awareness-raising materials, conducted detailed research into the dumping and collection of CFLs in the target area, and conducted well attended roundtable meetings on the issue in Dzerzhinsk and Kstovo (where proposals were developed to collect and manage used CFLs without creating mercury pollution). A detailed copy of the project report in Russian can be accessed via the links on this page.