Amid preparations for the first official event of the 2018 FIFA World Cup RussiaTM, the Preliminary Draw in Saint Petersburg, the Russia 2018 Local Organising Committee (LOC) is implementing a waste management programme to segregate and recycle waste. The main goal of the programme is to reduce the negative impact of the event on the environment by managing waste more effectively and assist in disseminating existing best practices in this regard.

The programme is part of the sustainability strategy developed by FIFA and the LOC, which will be presented on 23 July. At the main venue of the Preliminary Draw – the Konstantin Palace – as well as at auxiliary sites, a tailor-made system of 150-200 waste bins will be used to ensure that non-recyclable waste is separated from recyclable material such as paper, plastic, glass, batteries, food waste, cardboard, cans if any, packaging materials. 

“Our aim is to mitigate the environmental impacts of the event and leave a positive legacy through the World Cup. After all, legacy is not just about the stadiums, but also the skills and expertise that will be gained and put to practice in the future, as a result of planning and delivering the FIFA World Cup” says Alexey Sorokin, CEO of the Russia 2018 LOC.

“The Preliminary Draw is already being successful in partnering with local businesses practices that help to organise events in a more environmentally-friendly manner and reduce costs for waste disposal. We really appreciate their participation in such an important initiative”.

Together with the local NGOs, its supporters and companies from Saint Petersburg, the LOC will recycle a substantial part of the waste produced in the preparation and staging of the event. Recycling is important because it reduces the amount of waste that ends up in landfills which can pollute the soil and ground water. It also offers an alternative that provides income, opportunities to innovate, plus is environmentally-friendly.  

“After having successfully implemented a waste recycling programme for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, we are very pleased that the LOC has already started with these efforts at the first official event of the 2018 FIFA World Cup,” said Federico Addiechi, FIFA Head of Sustainability. “The outcomes of the recycling programme in Saint Petersburg will help us in the planned expansion for the upcoming World Cup events and potentially make recycling programmes more readily available for the general population."