Environment-aware Spaniards boost glass recycling

Spaniards are recycling 50 per cent more glass containers than four years ago, or almost 400,000 tonnes a year, industry organisation Ecovidrio said.

“Increasing awareness and growth in the infrastructure necessary for recycling are the main motors,” said Ecovidrio, a non-profit body which is made up of glass manufacturers, recyclers and bottlers.

Reuters reports that in 2002 Spaniards recycled 9.5 kg (21 lb) of glass per person a year, up from 6.6 kg in 1998. Including industrial recycling, 36 per cent of the total amount of glass used was recycled.

Recycling is funded by a charge included in the price of bottles and jars sold by manufacturers who are part of the system. Ecovidrio administers this system and also runs campaigns in favour of lighter bottles to reduce the amount of glass involved.

Environmental awareness is said to be increasing slowly in Spain. According to Reuters, the countryside is still widely used as a dumping ground and streets liberally littered, but recycling containers are everywhere and appear to be increasingly used.

Ano da Publicação: 2003
Fonte: WARMER BULLETIN ENEWS #19-2003: May 31, 2003
Autor: Kit Strange
Email do Autor: bulletin@residua.com

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