EGF, the company responsible for the treatment and recovery of urban waste in 174 municipalities in Portugal and 60% of the Portuguese population, recorded an increase in the selective collection of packaging (plastic, metal, cardboard and glass) of 6% in 2022 compared to 2021, in a year in which total waste production also decreased by 1%.
The reception originating from the selective collection of packaging (plastic, metal, cardboard and glass) was 377 thousand tonnes, presenting a growth of 6% compared to 2021 (in absolute value, approximately 22 thousand tonnes). The total reception of urban waste in the regions served by the EGF concessionaires decreased by 1% compared to the same period in 2021 (in absolute value, approximately 38 thousand tonnes less).
Greater participation by citizens and consistent investment in vehicles, containers, facilities and environmental education, has allowed EGF and its 11 concessionaires to increase the amount of material sent for recycling.
Separation of bio-waste increases
Food waste and pruning and garden waste already represent 13% of all selective collections, with a tendency to increase as municipalities move towards these selective collections. This bio-waste is transformed into organic correctives, a 100% natural fertiliser used in agriculture. In 2022 29,000 tonnes of this much-needed product were produced for national soils, which allows carbon to be retained in soils and increases rainwater retention, helping to prevent climate change.
Waste generates electricity to supply 110,000 families
Through various technologies, EGF utilities produce electricity from common waste and biodegradable waste. In 2022, 406 GWh were exported to the grid, equivalent to the domestic consumption of 110,000 Portuguese families.
EGF is a European company of reference in the environmental sector and leader in the treatment and recovery of waste in Portugal. Integrated in the MOTA-ENGIL/URBASER Group, it is responsible for ensuring the treatment and recovery of waste in the most environmentally correct and economically sustainable way, contributing to the improvement of the quality of life and of the environment.
Waste treatment and recovery systems are managed by 11 concessionary companies (Algar, Amarsul, Ersuc, Resiestrela, Resinorte, Resulima, Suldouro, Valorlis, Valorminho, Valnor, Valorsul), established in partnership with the municipalities served, which annually process about 3.3 million tons of municipal waste (UW), serving a population of 6.2 million people spread over 174 municipalities, in an area equivalent to 60% of the territory of Portugal.
The Football Foundation - Liga Portugal and EGF, as the official sustainability partner in the management of waste from professional competitions, have transformed the Final Four of the Allianz CUP into an EcoEvent, making recycling a priority for all.
Between January 21 and 28 there will be a reinforcement of the Containerization, both in the Leiria Municipal Stadium and in the Fan Zone, located in the city centre, as well as in the work areas, with the purpose of promoting good environmental practices and recycling.
During the whole week, in the Fan Zone, there will be Mochileiros who will have the mission of making visitors to the enclosure aware of the good practices of environmental sustainability. Without forgetting the brand image of the Sustainability on Field campaign: the recycling containers near the benches will be present at the Leiria Municipal.
To reinforce the campaign for the promotion and awareness of recycling, the EGF game that encourages and rewards good environmental practices, available in the Recycle Bingo application, will have a special and exclusive mission for all users during this competitive week.
This initiative takes place under the Cooperation for Sustainability protocol between EGF and the Football Foundation, which provides for the joint organisation and promotion of events and initiatives related to the respective areas of operation. Initially, EGF had placed 72 containers for selective separation next to the bench destined for the technical teams.
About the Football Foundation - Liga Portugal
The Football Foundation - Liga Portugal assumes the mission of being a link between the Professional Football Clubs and Social Responsibility, working for a society more committed to inclusion and equity.
In this sense, and with the awareness that Football and Social Responsibility should walk in the same direction and side by side, the Football Foundation has taken upon itself the responsibility of using the notoriety of football, and its players, in favour of Sustainability for a more Positive, Tolerant and Aggregating Football.
EGF is a leading European company in the environmental sector and a leader in waste treatment and recovery in Portugal. Integrated in the MOTA-ENGIL/URBASER Group, it is responsible for ensuring the treatment and recovery of waste in the most environmentally correct and economically sustainable way, contributing to the improvement of the quality of life and of the environment.
Waste treatment and recovery systems are managed by 11 concessionary companies (Algar, Amarsul, Ersuc, Resiestrela, Resinorte, Resulima, Suldouro, Valorlis, Valorminho, Valnor, Valorsul), set up in partnership with the municipalities served, which process around 3.3 million tons of municipal waste annually, serving a population of 6.2 million people spread over 174 municipalities, in an area equivalent to 60% of Portugal.
Amarsul makes a new investment in treatment and organic valorization, by advancing with the construction of a new biological treatment unit in the Ecoparque of Palmela, a significant investment in the region with the purpose of achieving the goals set in the treatment of biowaste, offering a valid alternative to landfill waste, and thus improving the service provided to the population of the Setúbal Peninsula.
With an investment of around 18 million euros, the new infrastructure, with 26 500 m2, is already in an advanced stage of construction. It will have a capacity to receive 50 thousand tons of organic waste per year, from the selective collection of municipalities, with an estimated production of 8,500 tons of compost also per year, to be used as organic corrective of agricultural land.
Its construction obeys the most rigorous requirements and certifications, both in the waterproofing and aeration system, and in the drainage and forwarding of leachates. State-of-the-art equipment, material and technology are being used, ensuring increasingly demanding environmental standards, as well as the use of the best available technologies.
Within the scope of this investment, the Mechanical Treatment unit, where undifferentiated waste is deposited, will also be re-qualified, in order to improve the pre-treatment process, processing and separation of organic matter from other waste, for subsequent forwarding to the new unit.
It is estimated that the new Biological Treatment unit will start operating in the middle of next year 2023.
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Amarsul is responsible for the treatment and recovery of urban waste from the 9 municipalities of the Setúbal Peninsula: Alcochete, Almada, Barreiro, Moita, Montijo, Palmela, Seixal, Sesimbra and Setúbal.
In 2021, Amarsul treated 464 thousand tons of waste and recovered 45 thousand tons of recyclables, in 10 facilities. The company relies on the collaboration of about 400 workers, who daily serve the 800 thousand inhabitants of the peninsula.
Amarsul also recovers energy from waste, through the extraction of biogas, producing annually about 17 GWh of electricity, which is injected into the National Electricity Grid. It also produced 9,000 tonnes of organic correctives that were applied to tree and shrub crops, namely orchards, olive groves, vineyards and forest species. These soil correctives are obtained through the organic valorisation of the biowaste received, whether from undifferentiated collection or selective collection, under strictly controlled conditions.