About 2 million people spend 60-90 days per year in more than 3,5 thousend gardening communities that exist in the area around St. Petersburg. Those have little awareness for the pollution such households cause for the Baltic Sea. In fact, they produce more than 2300 t of Nitrogen and 300 t of Phosphorus annually, most of it stemming from wastewater.
Public authorities so far hardly assume responsibility. Therefore, the Baltic Sea Conservation Foundation is glad to support an initiative that takes care of the situation by installing eco-toilets on pilot sites, inspiring local policy developments and raising awareness of opportunities for the reduction of nutrient load from rural households and small-scale agriculture.