HUERCAL-OVERA council has set local residents the challenge of recycling 10 per cent more glass in December and January than last year.
The local authority has signed up to the ‘Reto Mapamundi’ campaign, an initiative to strengthen the locality’s commitment to glass recycling.
The campaign is promoted by the Junta de Andalucía, the Andalucia Federation of Municipalities and Provinces (FAMP), and the Ecovidrio non-profit organisation which manages glass recycling across the country, in collaboration with the Almanzora Levante Velez rubbish collection consortium and the council.
To try and encourage people to recycle even more than in 2018, Ecovidrio has installed a recycling igloo with a design exclusive to Almeria province next to the Town Hall.
Huercal-Overa Mayor Francisca Lourdes Fernandez and Environment councillor Monica Ruiz were joined at the campaign inauguration by the Almanzora Levante Velez rubbish consortium’s chief Jose Lopez, and the service manager Carmen Moncada.
“Recycling glass containers is an important element in the contribution to sustainable development, developing the transition to a circular economy and the fight against climate change”, the Mayor commented.
“The council joins this campaign convinced that residents’ response is going to be positive as they are already aware of the importance of recycling, hence we encourage them to carry on and to meet the challenge of increasing recycling by 10 per cent.”
The most recent figures available show that Huercal-Overa residents have recycled more than 180,000 kilos of glass in all, representing an average of 9.6 kilos per person.
There are 46 glass recycling skips distributed around the municipality, or one per every 409 inhabitants.
A total of 40 localities in Andalucia are taking part in the Reto Mapamundi campaign. Those who are successful in the extra 10 per cent challenge will be rewarded with 10 recycling igloos with personalized designs for the municipality.