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The Community rewards the municipalities that recycled the most during the past year (11/06/2018)

The Community, through the Ministry of Employment, Universities, Business and Environment, delivered today the prizes to the municipalities of the region that recycled most during the past year, an initiative organized with the Federation of Municipalities of the Region and Ecoembalajes Españoles (Ecoembes) to raise awareness among citizens and administrations about the importance of reusing waste.

The most recyclable municipality, awarded 6,000 euros, has been Abarán, which with a recycling rate of 18.8 kilos of light packaging per inhabitant is above the regional average (10.7 kilos per inhabitant).

This same municipality, in addition, was awarded another 5,000 euros to also become the town with a recycling rate higher than the regional average that achieved a greater percentage increase over the previous year.

Mazarrón, which reached 10 kilos of light containers per inhabitant, was during 2017 the municipality with a recycling rate lower than the regional average which registered a greater percentage increase with 37.8, an effort for which it obtained a prize of 4,000 euros

The Minister of Employment, Universities, Business and Environment, Javier Celdrán, delivered these awards today to the mayors Abarán and Mazarron, José Miguel Manzanares and Alicia Jiménez, in an event in which the president of the Federation of Municipalities, Joaquín, was present Hernández, and the area manager of Ecoembes, Alberto Fernández.

"The commitment of the regional government to the protection of the environment and the fight against climate change is reflected in our actions, such as the fact that we were pioneers in developing a strategy that allows us to move from a linear economy based on ' to manufacture, use and throw 'a circular economy oriented towards' zero waste' in which the products, materials and components return to the chain once their useful life is over, "said Javier Celdrán.

Management

The management of waste is one of the specific objectives of this strategy, and in this sense the awareness of both citizens and administrations and the private sector is essential.

It should be noted that the Region has gone from collecting 21,002 tons of light packaging and cardboard waste in 2012 to 31,617 last year, which represents an increase of 50.54 in just five years.

In the case of glass, this increase was 9.95 percent, from 22,342 tons in 2012 to 24,567 tons in 2017.

Regarding the evolution in the last year, the data show an increase in the separate collection of light packaging of 6.6 percent, and of 5.9 percent in the case of paper and cardboard.

Specifically, during 2017, 15,593 tons of light containers and 16,024 tons of paper and cardboard were collected in the more than 14,000 containers authorized in the Region.

To this must be added the 2,622 tons from the door-to-door collection of commercial paper and 46 tons collected at the clean points.

In addition to continuing to increase the recycling rate, the objective of this strategy is to reduce the number of waste generated, transform it into raw materials and valorise it, which reduces energy consumption and raw materials and, in turn, increases the competitiveness of companies in the region and generate new jobs.

"With the recovery of 40 PET bottles you can make a polar pole, and every eight boxes of recovered cereals are transformed into a book," explained the Minister of Environment.

Source: CARM

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