Donetsk, Feb 16 — DAN. Nineteen garbage trucks in Mariupol have joined the pilot project of the Russian Environmental Operator (REO) to track solid municipal waste, Donetsk People’s Republic government deputy chairman Vladimir Yozhikov said on Thursday.

“The Russian Environmental Operator can now track their movement along the route and plans to install GLONASS equipment in all vehicles that transport solid municipal waste in the DPR territory, ” Yozhikov said on Telegram.

This monitoring system will optimize solid waste disposal and reduce the garbage bill for the population, he added. As of today, 42 Russian regions with over 5,000 garbage trucks are taking part in the project.

The Russian GLONASS satellite navigation system provides precise location data and tracking in real time to unlimited number of seaborne, ground, airborne and space vehicle users. The data are transmitted to REO’s analytical center which tracks solid municipal waste among the entire route, from the site of accumulation to final destination.

Mariupol is the largest city on the Sea of Azov coast, a key Donbass metallurgy center and seaport. The fighting for the city began in late February 2022. April 21 is regarded as Liberation Day when street fighting ended and the remaining Ukrainian troops were blocked on the premises of the city’s Azov steel mill. Later on they surrendered en masse.  The city housing  stock and infrastructure sustained significant damage.*jk