WasteLess Karelias

WasteLess Karelias is a crossborder cooperation project in the CBC Karelia 2014-2020 framework. The key focus of the project is to assess and improve currently insufficient waste management practices in rural villages in both Karelias.

WasteLess Karelias addresses the problem of littering and insufficient waste management facilities in rural villages in North Karelia and the Karelian Republic. We encourage and support local residents, authorities and companies to improve their waste management system and the rural living environment. We explore local waste situation and the perceptions, knowledge and potentials of waste prevention and recycling. WasteLess Karelias organises local waste management workshops, clean up events, cross border school competition and a Trash-Art Festival. Additionally, WasteLess allows to study local waste situation in rural environments through a participatory lense.

The project is lead by University of Eastern Finland (UEF) and carried out in collaboration with 3 additional partners: Association for Rural Culture and Education (MSL), Insitute of Economics of the Karelian Research Center (IoE) and the Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE).

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Time period

01.12.2018 - 31.03.2022

Group members - UEF

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