From February 1st, the collection of food bio-waste in the Horeca area of Albufeira has begun, namely in restaurants in the Guia area, but to be extended to collections at public schools.
Alongside this, an environmental awareness campaign “Albufeira Valoriza!” will begin, aimed at students, educators and teachers, as well as restaurants.
The collection of bio-waste is carried out in partnership with the company Luságua, with 240 litre bins being distributed so that educational establishments can place food bio-waste, namely fruit and vegetable peels in them. As part of the project, organic waste is collected daily to be used to fertilize the soil, after being transformed into 100% natural compost.
According to the mayor of Albufeira, “by correctly separating and depositing this type of waste we are contributing to a circular economy and to meeting the goals set out in PERSU2020 – Strategic Plan for Urban Waste, which ultimately helps to preserve the Environment ”.
José Carlos Rolo says that with this type of separation and collection “we intend to achieve a very significant reduction in relation to the total amount of unrecovered waste”.
According to a note from the Municipality of Albufeira, around 36% of the waste that is dumped in containers intended for disposing of unsorted waste is organic waste, namely solid food remains left over from meals, fruit peels, vegetable scraps, and cooked meat and fish scraps, leftover bread and cakes or paper napkins.
The municipality has an ongoing awareness campaign with a view to informing the population about the type of waste that cannot be placed in the organic waste containers, such as cigarette butts and ashes, animal excrement, leftover medicines, corks, bulbs, glass and broken crockery, liquid waste, packaging and containers, plastic and metal, printed paper or aluminum foil, textiles and nappies.