During the celebration of El Pilar, ECOVIDRIO, together with the City of Zaragoza and “Zaragoza works”, has conducted an awareness campaign to promote the recycling of glass in different areas of Zaragoza.
In this way, ECOVIDRIO has placed more glass igloos at strategic points in Zaragoza, and under the title “Today’s offering is for you. Recycle and Enjoy”, ECOVIDRIO has distributed charming bouquets of white flowers for the Offering to the Virgin Pilar, to those who will come to the igloo with glass bottles or jars.
77.6% of Spanish households ensures always to recycle their glass containers, according to the latest study conducted by Ecovidrio.
Ecovidrio, the nonprofit association that manages the recycling of glass packaging containers deposited in Spain, has conducted an opinion survey, developed over 2012, which shows as a main conclusion, 77.6% of Spanish households ensures always recycle their glass containers. That is, of 100 Spanish households, 77 households deposit glass containers in green igloos, thus enabling recycling. Furthermore, according to this study, citizens are more and more committed to the recycling of this material. Specifically, in regard to the type of packaging, is recycled by 8.3% more glass jars and and 3% bottles, which represents a 5.6% increase in recycling of glass containers, compared to 2011.
On the other hand, Navarra (93.9%), Aragón (89.5%) and La Rioja (88.9%), stand above the rest, being communities that say always to recycle their glass containers.
Another highlight of the study findings, developed by the market research institute GFK, means that on average, the households surveyed, has acquired the habit of recycling glass for almost a decade.
As for the motivations that lead to Spanish people to deposit their packages in the igloo, 50.2% say they do so for environmental awareness. Thus, 86% of respondents understood that citizen participation is critical in the chain and glass recycling, 82% say they know the benefits of recycling and conservation of resources and raw materials. In addition, 96% are aware of the need to care and protect the environment.
How many glass containers have you placed into the green Igloo during 2011? – Every citizen should ask him/herself this question, and if the answer is more than 43 containers, congratulations!, you recycled more than the average.
According Ecovidrio, nonprofit association that manages the Recycling of glass packaging containers deposited in Spain, the Spanish have recycled a total of 678,742,983 kilo of glass in 2011, which means that each citizen placed in his nearest igloo an average of 43 glass bottles (14.4 kg of waste glass containers).
Besides the glass collected in containers, we must add the glass from sorting plants, which totaled 2,440 tons. Thus, the total managed by Ecovidrio glass in 2011 was 681,183 tons.
Spain is the country with greater allocation of containers per inhabitant in Europe.
Regarding the number of containers, Ecovidrio installed last year 3,353 new collection points, reaching a total of 174,799 glass igloos placed throughout the national territory. Spain is currently the country with the highest per capita allocation of containers in Europe, achieving a ratio of an igloo for every 270 citizens.
Spain exceeds the guidelines of laws in Spain and Europe, in this issue, and reflects the good path we follow in infrastructure. Since 1998, the provision of containers has grown over 200% in Spain, currently getting any citizen has a container at 150 meters. Ecovidrio facilitates recycling of glass and the approximately 8,000 municipalities of Spain.
Environmental benefits of glass recycling in 2011.
With 681,183 tons of recycled glass, we reduced 274,516 tons of CO2 emissions into the atmosphere. The recycled glass requires less heat to melt than raw materials, and thus, in the manufacture of new glass containers from recycled glass, avoid issuing CO2.
Moreover, with the amount of recycled glass in 2011 we have prevented the extraction of 817,000 tonnes of raw materials.
FCC has given its II Eco-efficiency Awards. The president of Citizens Services Group, Falcones, and Esther and Alicia Alcocer counselors have given awards to the winners of the Second Edition in a ceremony held in Torre Picasso last March 6.
One of the FCC’s main objectives is to become eco-efficiency as a companies’ hallmark. These awards are an international initiative aimed at rewarding ideas and/or actions taken by the employees of Citizens Services Group anywhere in the world.
All nominations submitted to the second edition of these Eco-efficiency Awards were evaluated by a technical committee constituted by members of the FCC’s Innovation Committee. After an initial assessment, its members selected 11 finalists. In the next phase, top executives of the several business areas of FCC chose the winners. The finalists were awarded diplomas.
Gonzalo Mateo S.L. was one of 11 finalists for this year, thanks to our ongoing commitment to improve the efficiency of our process, both from the standpoint of environmental and economic. To do this, Gonzalo Mateo continually performs research and analysis of the options for waste management of domestic and industrial glass having as ultimate goal to recycle almost all the waste we manage.
From: FEVE The European Container Glass Federation.
A report published today by the Association of Cities and Regions for Recycling and Sustainable Resource Management (ACR+) for the European Container Glass Federation (FEVE) says separated waste collection schemes should be widely supported if we are to build a circular economy for glass packaging. It stated that Europe needs to use its resources much more sparingly by recycling more, meaning we need higher collection rates and higher quality of collected glass. The report concludes that only glass bottles and jars collected separately will result in both a higher quantity and quality of post consumer glass (cullet) availability that can save resources to make new packaging.
Glass stands out as one of the best examples of the closed loop production model because it is one of the most effectively recycled materials in Europe (67% on average). This is not only because of its natural characteristics – it is 100% and infinitely recyclable – but also because of well established separate collection schemes. More can be done however and the study highlights some good practices. More recycled glass brings major benefits for the environment because when recycled glass is used, fewer raw materials are extracted, less waste is generated, less energy is used and less CO2 is emitted.
“Last year, more than 25bn bottles and jars were collected in Europe, while almost 100% of the glass collected is used, the vast majority of it well over 80% is actually recycled in a bottle-to-bottle production system supporting a circular economy” observes Adeline Farrelly, FEVE Secretary General. “The better the quality of the glass collected the more we can recycle in a bottle to bottle system. This type of glass recycling is not only a local industry but also brings major economic and environmental benefits. We strongly support the findings of this timely study which underpins the importance given to recycling in the EU’s waste hierarchy.”
The kind of collection scheme as well as the quantity and quality of post@consumer glass collected in a closed–loop recycling system were amongst the most important assessment criteria to define good practices. Eight case studies were selected for the purpose of this study: Intradel, Liège Province (Belgium), Municipality of Graz (Austria), LIPOR, Greater Porto Intermunicipal Waste Company (Portugal), Municipality of Maastricht (Netherlands), Municipality of Lippe (Germany), Canton of Geneva (Switzerland), City of Grand Besançon (France), Municipality of Odense (Denmark).
The research demonstrates single stream glass collection provides a high quantity and quality of recycled glass for recycling. In the study, the post consumer glass selectively collected varies from case to case: 13 kg/inhabitant/ year (in Porto) to 47 kg/inhabitant/year (in the Canton of Geneva), underlying the differences not only in performance but also in glass packaging use as well as the existence of deposit schemes competing with municipal collection. Conclusions
Separate collection schemes and glass recycling are key drivers in a circular glass “bottleBtoB bottle” production. Where it is in place, the separated collection scheme may need further optimization. Where other systems are in place, separated collection should be supported and given preference. The following factors are considered as key for effective collection and recycling:
• Accessibility and high number of bottle banks (e.g. Maastricht)
• Cleanliness and maintenance of bottle banks (e.g. Intradel)
• Clear and Simple communications to residents (e.g. Graz)
• Frequent rate of collection to avoid over filling of bottle banks (e.g. Canton of Geneva)
• Separate glass collection by colour type (e.g. Lippe)
• Glass bottle banks placed/located in ‘popular’ central areas (e.g. Porto)
• Higher quality directly dependent from better handling at collection source (e.g. Odense)
• Local and Regional Authorities (LRAs) to introduce advanced systems: underground street bottle banks (e.g. Intradel)
Ecovidrio produced the documentary “lives: the journey of the glass” accompanied by familiar faces on the Spanish scene
This is a documentary starring Edurne, Elena Furies, Ivan Sanchez, Boris Izaguirre and Fonsi Nieto reflecting that the whole glass recycling process begins with the purchase of a product with a packaging made of glass. This trip shows how the consumer plays an essential role because he is who must deposit glass containers in the green igloo. From there, glass containers go through the treatment plant, the glass factory and the packaging to finally return to the trade and begin a new journey.
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The River Queiles wears glass when flowing through Tarazona
The banks of the Queiles have been recently renovated using recycled glass, which has been mixed with a special resin that creates a fixed and durable surface. The glass gives the scenery its green color and brightness.
The glass used is our recycled glass CRISMOL ®, produced in our plant in Muel (Zaragoza), giving an environmental touch to Tarazona city.
The glass recycling continues to consolidate in Aragon, where in 2010 23,165 tons of recycled material, 2.3% more than last year. Each Aragon recycled glass 17.2 kilograms, a figure that puts them above the 15.1 kilograms per capita national average. Huesca is the province where they are recycled.
Zaragoza .- The Aragonese recycled a total of 23,165 tons of glass last year, representing a 2.3% increase over 2009. Thus, each deposited in the containers Aragonese an average of 17.2 pounds of glass, equivalent to 52 containers, a figure that puts them above the 15.1 kilograms per capita national average.
According to data collected by Ecovidrio, by province, Huesca stands out as the province with greater awareness, at 25.7 kilograms per capita recycled glass, ie, each about 77 Huesca recycled glass containers in 2010 and a total of 5,878,690 kilos.
Teruel followed with 3,198,350 kilos of recycled glass and an average of 22 kilograms per capita, well above the national average.
On the other hand, Zaragoza is the province that has grown in volume of waste recycled glass, from 13,912 tons collected from 2009 to 14,088 tonnes in 2010. This province, with an average of 14.5 kilos of recycling per capita, is moving closer to the average regional and national levels.
In addition, Aragon has an excellent supply of green container, with a total of 5223 igloos, resulting in a ratio of 258 inhabitants per containerization igloos. Notable rates of Huesca and Teruel, with 169 and 160 people per container, respectively, and are among the best in Spain.
Ecovidrio is a non-profit organization responsible for managing the recycling of packaging waste glass containers in Spain. Ecovidrio manages the collection of glass through installation of containers to facilitate the cooperation of citizens and ensuring recycling. In addition, public awareness campaigns and promotes prevention by encouraging the reduction of the volume of waste generated.
100% of the deposited glass containers are recycled and used to manufacture new glass containers, achieving numerous environmental benefits.