Prisoners will have to sort garbage

Credit: Said Tsarnaev | RIAN

Prisoners will help regional officials to carry out a ‘garbage reform.’  Convicts will be involved in sorting garbage.

Almost half of Russian convicted criminals do not have a permanent employment, said senator Andrei Kutepov, Chairman of the Federation Council’s Interim Commission on Improving Legal Regulation in State and Municipal Control, who spoke at a news conference at the Rossiya Segodnya Press Center on July 8.

“Only half of the prisoners are employed. In the mean time, they could be involved in sorting, processing and disposing of waste. The Federal Penitentiary Service can organize this type of work. Some 1,500 to 1,700 are already employed in this industry. By the end of the year, 2,000 more inmates will be sorting garbage,” the senator noted.

Andrei Kutepov expressed confidence that engaging prisoners in sorting solid household waste will help to stabilize garbage removal and processing tariffs.

Earlier, the Federal Penitentiary Service addressed the government of the Khabarovsk Territory with a proposal to include the agency’s industrial zones into the territorial plan of household waste disposal. The Federal Penitentiary Service is ready to install necessary equipment in penal settlements and provide workforce for waste processing.

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