Mojacar receives the Iglo Verde prize for recycling

MOJACAR: Recycling more. Photo credit: Ayuntamiento de Mojacar

ECOVIDRIO, the non-profit entity in charge of managing the recycling of glass packaging waste in Spain, the Almanzora-Levante-Vélez Consortium and the Mojácar City Council have managed to recycle 112 tonnes of glass during the summer.

The record is 56% more than in the same period last year. As a result, Mojácar has received the ‘Iglo Verde’ award for having exceeded its record. The award recognises the commitment of citizens and hotel professionals to glass recycling and sustainability.

Ecovidrio has increased the scope and dimension of the comprehensive glass recycling program in the summer, an initiative that aims to raise awareness in the hotel industry and increase glass recycling data during the summer months.

A total of 80 establishments in Mojácar have collaborated with the company, an important fact given the influence of the hotel sector, which generates 50% of the waste of disposable glass containers. During the summer 30% of the total recycled glass is collected.

With the aim of facilitating citizen collaboration, the entity has installed seven containers and has increased the frequency of glass collection to manage the activity in this sector.

The integral plan has had the participation of 80 coastal municipalities across the country and more than 6,300 hotel establishments. The campaign has managed to recycle a total of more than 27,900 tonnes of glass containers, which have avoided CO2 emissions equivalent to being withdrawn from circulation.

According to the latest data for 2016, citizens of the town recycled a total of 106,144 kilograms of glass, which means that each inhabitant recycled on average 16.3 kg.