Arona targets commercial cardboard in new project
Arona has become the first municipality in Tenerife to install cages for the collection of top quality commercial cardboard.
The pilot test is being carried out in Los Cristianos and Las Galletas as the first stage but the project will spread throughout the municipality during 2020.
Both the Mayor of Arona, José Julián Mena and councillor of the environment, José Luis Gómez, have stressed that “the objective of Arona council, in a first phase, is to install about 20 cages in different nuclei of the municipality in the areas where there is a greater business fabric, facilitating the storage and selective collection of cardboard and its subsequent recycling, in the line of commitment to the sustainability of the municipal government. ”
A campaign is being carried out to promote the correct separation of commercial cardboard, since large quantities of this are currently generated, which in several times saturate the container points.
At present, much of the cardboard is not properly separated at source, either due to ignorance or saturation of the containers, deposited in the mixed garbage container, which greatly hinders its revaluation and subsequent recycling.
This strategy aims to increase selective collection in Arona, to meet the objectives of European regulations, in order to achieve 50% preparation for the reuse and recycling of municipal waste by 2020.
It is a pioneering initiative on the island of Tenerife, which has been developed in other municipalities of the archipelago, such as the municipalities of San Bartolomé and Arrecife in Lanzarote and on the island of El Hierro, having a great acceptance by the commercial fabric and the general population.
Initially, two cages have been installed in Valle Menéndez Street and Fernando Salazar González Avenue, in Los Cristianos and Las Galletas, respectively.