RESINORTE | 1st ENVIRONMENT RACE JUNE 7, 2021

On June 5th, World Environment Day, RESINORTE promoted the 1st Environment Race, at the company's premises in Codessoso - Celorico de Basto.

 

This initiative, jointly organized by the Braga Athletics Association, Atlético de Codessoso and RESINORTE, had competitions for all levels, including veterans and adapted sports, and an exclusive competition for EGF employees, a “RESINORTE / EGF Mile ”.

 

We appreciate the participation of all athletes and congratulate the winners!

RESINORTE | 1st ENVIRONMENT RACE JUNE 7, 2021

On June 5th, World Environment Day, RESINORTE promoted the 1st Environment Race, at the company's premises in Codessoso - Celorico de Basto.

 

This initiative, jointly organized by the Braga Athletics Association, Atlético de Codessoso and RESINORTE, had competitions for all levels, including veterans and adapted sports, and an exclusive competition for EGF employees, a “RESINORTE / EGF Mile ”.

 

We appreciate the participation of all athletes and congratulate the winners!

"PRACTICES AND ATTITUDES" EVENT MAY 26, 2021

EGF participated in the event “The Portuguese and packaging recycling: practices and attitudes”, organized by Sociedade Ponto Verde, where the results of the study “Practices and representations about waste and recycling” were presented and discussed, developed in partnership with the Institute of Social Sciences. This study can be seen here.

 

Emídio Pinheiro, Chairman of the Board of Directors of EGF, highlighted the role of waste management companies in communicating and educating citizens and the importance of a synergistic action by all entities to achieve common goals. This event also had a round table where topics of high importance were debated to those who have responsibilities in communicating with the citizens that EGF advises to know.

RESINORTE | AWARENESS CAMPAIGN MAY 17, 2021

As part of the celebration of the International Day of Recycling, RESINORTE, the Hospital da Senhora da Oliveira - Guimarães and Vitória Sport Clube come together once again, to mark this extremely important date for the Environment.

 

This initiative is marked by the launch of an institutional video, which aims to raise awareness among the population about the correct separation of waste and the use of existing ecopoints.

 

This is another initiative of this environmental awareness partnership that started at the beginning of May.

 

Because there is no plan b for our planet, and only together will we be able to make it more sustainable in the future, as the future of the planet is not recyclable.

 

Watch the video here.

RESIESTRELA | UNITA PROJECT MAY 11, 2021

Resiestrela - Management, Valorization and Treatment of Urban Waste in the municipalities of Almeida, Belmonte, Celorico da Beira, Covilhã, Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo, Fornos de Algodres, Fundão, Guarda, Manteigas, Meda, Penamacor, Pinhel, Sabugal and Trancoso is a partner University of Beira Interior, under the UNITA project.

 

Universitas Montium (UNITA) is an alliance of European universities, officially created on November 6, 2020, date of the kick off meeting, and is one of the projects supported by the European Commission with the aim of modernizing Higher Education in the European Union.

 

This alliance, which brings together approximately 165,000 students and 13,000 employees, is composed of six higher education institutions from five countries: Università Degli Studi di Torino (UNITO) - Italy, which was the leader of the candidacy, University of Beira Interior (UBI) - Portugal, Université de Pau et des Pays de L'Adour (UPPA) - France, Université Savoie Mont-Blanc (USMB) - France, Universitatea de Vest din Timisoara (UVT) - Romania and University of Zaragoza (UNIZAR) - Spain.

 

UNITA's general objectives are based on three strategic axes - circular economy, renewable energies and cultural heritage, which can be summarized in the following points:

 

  • Build excellent transnational university alliances, exploring innovative didactics co-created by students, employees and local actors, with a long-term vision and transformational impact on education systems;

 

  • Place universities at the center of the cultural and economic development of their local ecosystems, reducing inequalities between central and peripheral regions through sustainability and the development of rural and mountainous areas;

 

  • Promote citizenship, identity and European values;

 

  • Build a European education area to promote a digital and green transition;

 

  • Promote inclusion policies at all levels;

 

  • Increase the attractiveness of European educational institutions;

 

Therefore, Resiestrela will contribute with its local experience and direct actions related to waste management, in a sustainable way.

 

As a social and environmental reference in this region, Resiestrela aims to promote innovative and value creation processes, through various support infrastructures, namely: Landfill, sorting plants, energy recovery plants, mechanical waste treatment plants and biological, ecocenters and waste transfer stations.

 

Through these infrastructures. Electric energy is produced from solid waste, which is channeled to the National Electricity Network; forwards plastic / metal, paper / cardboard and glass packaging waste for recycling; and produces organic fertilizers (agricultural production) from organic compounds, which can be applied to the soil.

 

With this project, Resiestrela will have the opportunity to boost its networking in order to increase its future actions, introducing concepts and technologies suitable for the rational use of energy.

VALNOR | New Investment MAY 10, 2021

Valnor will requalify and expand the installation of the Organic Recovery Center (CVO) located in the Integrated Solid Waste Recovery and Treatment Center, with an investment of 980 thousand euros, financed by 85%. This investment results from an application approved by POSEUR that contemplates the creation of an area dedicated to the reception of the desired selective RUB and an extension of the covered area destined to the maturation of this fraction, in the Avis TMB, specifically:

 

Action 1 - Zone dedicated to the reception of RUB of selective select - It contemplates the creation of an individualized zone for reception of RUB, in a contiguous location, but physically separated from the RU reception zone of undifferentiated, ensuring that the fractions do not mix any.

 

Action 2 - Expansion and Optimization of Processing Capacity

 

This action includes the expansion and optimization of the processing capacity of RUB, including the installation of a new feeding mat capable of transporting in the amount of RUB that VALNOR receives. The new feeding belt will promote the routing of the RUBs to the equipment for opening bag openers, being fed directly by a loader.

 

Action 3 - Expansion of the Maturation Park Coverage

 

Action 3 contemplates the expansion of the covered area of ​​the TMB maturation park, generating adequate conditions for the adequate valuation of the RUBs originating from the selective selection, in an area of ​​about 4,050 m2.

 

Action 4 - Modification and Expansion of the Command and Operational Control System

 

The changes that are intended to be performed on the TMB will result in changes in the installation's operating processes. The implementation of the operation will create conditions for a dedicated reception of selective RUB, increasing the potential for recovery of this waste and enabling VALNOR to guarantee the fulfillment of the goals established in the Waste Framework Standard and preparing a benefited infrastructure to meet future challenges to be mastered.

 

This operation, in summary, includes the creation of a bio-waste line, the creation of a reception area and the modification and expansion of the command and operational control system.

 

These are new challenges in which we all win - the region wins, the environment wins!

AMARSUL | COVERS PROJET MAIO 10, 2021

Amarsul, in partnership with the Municipalities, remains committed to guaranteeing an excellent service provision, so they inform that they will move forward with the replacement of the blue caps of the containers they made available in the Municipality of Barreiro.

 

An operation to replace the lids, which aims to facilitate the placement of paper and cardboard for recycling, started in the Municipality of Alcochete, passing through the Municipality of Moita in February of this year and, starting today, May 10, taking place in the Municipality of Barreiro.

 

This intervention on more than 3,500 ecological islands will be carried out in conjunction with the Municipalities concerned, to contribute together so that a population separates everything always and everywhere. This project, which was supported and co-financed by POSEUR - Operational Program for Sustainability and Efficiency in the Use of Resources, aims to increase and optimize the quantities of recyclables separated at source.

 

Another of the privileged places to deposit large objects such as mattresses, furniture, sofas and other things related, as well as tree branches, garden scraps and recyclable waste, is the Barreiro Ecocentro, located at Rua Mártires da Guerra Colonial, in Lavradio. The reception of this type of material is free and is available to a population from Monday to Friday from 9 am to 6 pm and on Saturday from 9 am to 12:30 pm, closing on Sundays and holidays.

VALORLIS | ECOPORTA APRIL 4, 2021

Valorlis together with Sociedade Ponto Verde will resume this weekend the dynamization of the Ecoporta initiative, which was suspended in November 2020.

 

With the motto “Separate the Packaging. We collect. We all recycle.” The initiative consists of a team of monitors who will visit the houses in the areas covered by the Ecoporta Project: Picassinos, Comeira (Marinha Grande), Casal do Ralha, Mouratos (Leiria) in order to make the population aware of the existence of a free collection service of door-to-door recyclable waste which, in order to function fully, must count on the involvement and participation of all.

 

This initiative will continue to raise awareness among the population, the distribution of bags and ecobags for waste separation and also the survey of recycling habits, through the realization of a questionnaire.

 

With a new approach, closer to the citizen, the objective of the Ecoporta initiative is to involve citizens showing that they can be part of the solution by recycling without leaving home.

 

“Our main objective is that the inhabitants of the areas covered adhere to the free service we provide them, separating their paper and plastic waste correctly. Each one separates their residues, Valorlis collects them door to door and all together we make a difference ”, says Marta Guerreiro, CEO of Valorlis.

 

For Ana Isabel Trigo Morais, CEO / Chief Executive Officer of SPV, “door-to-door collection is an essential service to guarantee the forwarding of packaging for treatment and recovery in some areas of our country. Initiatives like Ecoporta allow to ensure the correct information and awareness of citizens so that they know the service and understand that it is only with their participation that it is possible to do it effectively. ”

 

Door to Door Collection Service

 

Valorlis has been implementing the Door to Door Collection service since 2001 from the population, in the areas of Picassinos / Comeira, in the Municipality of Marinha Grande and Mouratos / Casal do Ralha in the Municipality of Leiria. The inhabitants of the areas covered store their plastic and metal, paper and cardboard waste in the blue and yellow bags provided by Valorlis and on certain days (3rd and 6th) they place them at the door of their residence and Valorlis collects them.

 

Valorlis' door-to-door collection service aims to increase the quantity and quality of selectively collected materials and, consequently, to decrease the quantities of undifferentiated waste, through a selective collection system in the residence itself.

VALORSUL | AWARENESS CAMPAIGN APRIL 21, 2021

On World Earth Day, Valorsul presents the 100% digital awareness campaign “SOLUTION IS REDUCING”. The objective is to raise awareness of the 1st school cycle to the problem of increasing waste production.

 

The project “THE SOLUTION IS TO REDUCE!” is now available online at www.asolucaoeredicando.com so that all schools and families can access its contents. The awareness kit includes the Digital Animated Book “What is the solution?”, Which tells the story of Manuel, a driver who collects garbage, and his concern about the increasing amount of waste that people make; the original Music of Manuel with tips for reduction and reuse and activities associated with Reduction, Reuse and Recycling.

 

During the 3rd period, 300 classes will receive an awareness raising action by videoconference to streamline the content.

 

In an interactive session between 4 classes, explored in a playful and educational way, it is intended to take the youngest to reflect on the change in daily habits necessary to reduce the amount of waste we do at home and at school.

 

Waste reduction is the most important measure in the waste management hierarchy: the first of the 3Rs. That is why this project appears with content dedicated specifically to this theme, in which Valorsul invests in training for prevention.

 

Contests “SEPARA E GANHA“

 

In addition to awareness-raising actions, Valorsul continued the inter-school competitions, in which 189 schools in YELLOW - separation of plastic and metal - and 179 schools in AZUL - separation of paper and cardboard are participating. In addition, about 30 institutions also participate in separating their recyclables.

RESINORTE | New Investment APRIL 22, 2021

Resinorte is requalifying and expanding the mechanical and biological treatment (TMB) facility located in Riba de Ave, Vila Nova de Famalicão, with an investment of over 5 million euros. This investment results from an application approved by POSEUR with 85% co-financing, and aims to transform the current installation, increasing the processing capacity of its lines dedicated to the reception and treatment of bio-waste from selective collection.

 

This operation, in summary, contemplates the creation of a line of bio-waste, the creation of a reception area and the modification and expansion of the command and operational control system.

 

These are new challenges in which we all win - the region wins, the environment wins!

EGF AT PORTUGAL - AFRICA SEMINAR APRIL 23, 2021

Emídio Pinheiro, Chairman of the Board of Directors of EGF and Director of Mota-Engil, participated in the Portugal - Africa Business Seminar | Exporting Green Economy, organised by AICEP (Agency for Investment and Foreign Trade of Portugal) in partnership with CIP (Confederation of Portuguese Industry), within the scope of the Portuguese Presidency of the European Union.

 

The theme of the seminar, "Export "Green" - The internationalization of companies in the era of sustainability", was an opportunity for Mota-Engil and, in sequence, EGF, to demonstrate the capacity and know-how in waste management, its role in the circular economy and the ability to contribute significantly to sustainable development in Portugal and in the World.

 

ERSUC | Certification APRIL 19, 2021

ERSUC received certification according to the standard NP EN ISO 55001: 2016, Asset Management System, whose scope covers the Asset Management System applicable to the Multimunicipal System for the Treatment and Valorization of Urban Solid Waste of the Litoral Centro, including Collection services, Reception, Transfer, Treatment, Screening and Recovery.

 

This certification resulted from the implementation of the benchmark in the Integrated Centers for the Valorisation and Treatment of MSW in Aveiro and Coimbra, in the Transfer Stations of Ansião, Estarreja, Góis, Figueira da Foz, Ossela, Pampilhosa da Serra and Sever do Vouga, and also in the old ones. landfills, namely the Old Landfill of Coimbra (Taveiro), the Old Landfill of Aveiro (Taboeira) and the Old Landfill of Figueira da Foz (Lavos).

 

The Asset Management System is a process that involves balancing several variables such as costs, risks, opportunities and performance benefits, aiming at the optimization of resources. The Asset Management System implemented at ERSUC expresses the integration of Asset Management processes, activities and information with other organizational functions, such as quality, environment, security, accounting, risk and human resources.

 

The implementation of the Asset Management System, will allow ERSUC to improve the services available as a result of the good performance of the assets, seeking to improve organizational sustainability, through a more effective management of costs and investments.

 

“The certification in the Asset Management System makes us very proud, and represents another step in the process of continuous improvement that ERSUC is following, focused on the quality of the service provided to different stakeholders. This certification joins the Quality, Environment and Safety certifications implemented at ERSUC since 2009 ”, says Miguel Ferreira, Executive Director of ERSUC.

RECYCLE BINGO AWARDED APRIL 8, 2021

The EGF Group won the National Sustainability Award 2021, in the “Digital and Artificial Intelligence” category with the Recycle BinGo application.

 

This award was attributed by Jornal de Negócios, in an initiative that was highly sponsored by the President of the Portuguese Republic and which distinguished companies, municipalities and institutions that promote sustainability throughout the country.

 

Recycle BinGo is a mobile application from EGF that had the first version financed by the Environmental Fund of the Ministry of the Environment, whose objective is to recognize and give prizes to those who recycle in an intelligent and fun way and that promotes citizen participation in the 174 municipalities served by EGF concessionaires.

 

This was a real teamwork, with the participation of the Communication team of EGF and the 11 concessionaires, and the creative agency Djomba.

 

Discover the most environmentally friendly game at: https://www.egf.pt/pt/sustentabilidade/educacao-ambiental/recycle-bingo/

 

RESIESTRELA | New Investment APRIL 12, 2021

Resiestrela will requalify and expand the mechanical and biological treatment (TMB) facility located at the Urban Waste Treatment and Valorization Center in Fundão, with an investment of 985 thousand euros, financed by 85%. This investment is the result of an application approved by POSEUR that aims to install a dedicated line for the processing of bio-waste from selective collection in a TMB infrastructure for urban waste, with the objective of making this facility compatible with the growing flow of urban waste selectively collected.

 

This operation, in summary, includes the creation of a line of bio-waste, the creation of a reception area and the modification and expansion of the command and operational control system.

 

These are new challenges in which we all win - the region wins, the environment wins!

VALORLIS | Strengthens ecopoint washing APRIL 12, 2021

Valorlis acquired a new vehicle dedicated to washing ecopoints that allows washing and sanitizing surface ecopoints intended for the separation of recyclable waste.

 

This investment, of more than € 300,000, falls within the scope of the Operational Plan for Selective Collection Activity and is part of the continuous improvement of the quality of the service provided to the population, in compliance with the “Container Washing” indicator, inherent to Quality of Water and Waste Services Provided to Users.

 

The acquisition of this automatic vehicle and the hiring of a team dedicated to this service, will allow an increase in the frequency of washing and cleaning of the selective deposit containers, making this equipment more appealing to the population and reinforcing the safety of its use.

 

With its own resources, Valorlis proposes to wash the surface ecopoints, inside and out, reinforce the cleaning of the areas surrounding the ecopoints, perform the maintenance of equipment and replace the recycling signs.

 

In 2020, Valorlis carried out approximately 33 thousand washes and disinfections to the selective disposal equipment made available to the population.

 

Marta Guerreiro, CEO of Valorlis stresses that "These measures are part of Valorlis' commitment to improving the quality of the service provided to the populations, which we are committed to promoting".

 

Valorlis has been strengthening its selective collection activity, and following the operationalization in 2019 of investments in this area, Valorlis continued to increase the amount of recyclable waste separated at ecopoints, having grown 10% compared to 2019. In 2020, 360 more containers were made available to the population, with an increase of 41% in installed containers in the last three years, reflecting the highest growth in the Company's history.

 

Valorlis currently has a network of 1,745 ecopoints distributed across the six municipalities in its intervention area, guaranteeing the ratio of one ecopoint for every 169 inhabitants.

 

The provision of ecopoints is complemented with the door-to-door collection service in shops and services and programs to encourage separation and recycling from schools and IPSS.

EGF GROUP AWARDED APRIL 8, 2021

EGF and the 11 concessionaires win 4 bronze awards, delivered in an online ceremony organized by the newspaper Meio & Publicidade, in the Environment and Energy categories; Integrated multimedia; Public relations; and Sustainability and Social Responsibility, with the campaign “The future of the planet is not recyclable”.

 

In this VII Edition of the Marketing awards, 139 cases were registered and 69 campaigns were included in the pre-selection list.

 

The campaign, launched in October 2020 and co-financed by POSEUR, sensitized the population to the prevention, reuse and recycling of urban waste, with messages, videos, visuals and participation in the media.

 

This was a real teamwork, with the participation of EGF workers, POSEUR, Tux & Gill, Tempo Media and M Public Relations.

 

Get to know the campaign at: https://www.egf.pt/o-futuro-do-planeta-nao-e-reciclavel/ or on all EGF social networks looking for the hashtag #ofuturodoplanetanaoereciclavel.

ERSUC | Selective Collection APRIL 6, 2021

ERSUC started, in a phased manner, the return of its Selective Door-to-Door Collection service in stores and services.

 

With the resumption of this service, ERSUC aims to give the best response to traders who resume their activity, seeking to be an ally in this time of constant adaptation.

 

This return will also be symbolized by a new certificate “Comercio a Reciclar” that will be made available to merchants who adhere to the service, who stand out for their commitment to reduce the environmental impact, when carrying out an adequate management of their waste.

 

Merchants will also be provided with the magnetic “Recycling Code”, with waste separation rules, to reinforce concepts and clarify any doubts.

 

ERSUC's Door-to-Door collection teams are equipped with personal protective equipment and will follow the methodologies adapted to this season to combat the spread of COVID-19.

AMARSUL | Investment of 150 000 euros APRIL 6, 2021

Amarsul has vehicles and exclusive teams for the selective collection of trade and services, with the collection process being carried out according to the needs of the entities, through regular collections at adhering establishments or through specific requests.

 

Amarsul made an investment of 150 thousand euros in the acquisition of two new vehicles to integrate the selective collection fleet, to guarantee the recovery of waste in the most sustainable way in its various areas of operation, ensuring demanding environmental standards.

 

These vehicles are able to collect plastic and paper / cardboard waste and are intended exclusively to collect from commercial entities, businesses and services, which produce quantities of recyclable waste.

 

These new vehicles allow to optimize the collection service, as they have 30% more capacity than the replaced vehicles, allowing to increase the number of visited entities.

 

They also have a set of features that substantially improve the daily working conditions of drivers and assistants, in terms of comfort and safety.

 

The Selective Collection activity thus counts on a reinforced fleet with 2 new vehicles and awaits the reception of 3 more, to replace the existing ones, ensuring the collection of the approximately 2300 commercial establishments distributed by the 9 Municipalities of the Setúbal Peninsula.

WINNING SCHOOLS 2020 MARCH 30, 2021

There were 1,136 educational establishments that participated in the Ecovalor Program in 2020 - the environmental education program dedicated exclusively to the school community and available in about 60% of the national territory. There were more than 331,000 students, teachers and assistants who, despite the pandemic, implemented good practices for the reduction and reuse of waste and recycled 2,560 tons of packaging, exceeding the values ​​of 2019.

 

All of these schools sent 1.442 tons of paper and cardboard, 849 tons of plastic, metal and beverage packages and 269 tons of glass to be recycled. The material separated by the students was sent for recycling and each school receives its prize based on the amount recycled, for a total of 139,250 euros.

 

TOP + | National Champions

 

At the national level, Moledo - Lourinhã Basic School should be highlighted, first with 25 tonnes, followed by the Centro Infantil do Hospital de Faro (23 tonnes) and the EB1 / JI School of Conceição de Faro (22 tonnes) . These were the winning schools of the 19th edition of the program, which is already in preparation for the academic year 2021-2022.

 

TOP + | Regional Champions

 

Each concessionaire also distinguishes the schools that recycle the most in each region, and from which the results are disseminated.

 

 

 

TOP 3 | REGIONAL CHAMPIONS 2020

 

ALGAR

 

Ranking

Estabelecimento de Ensino

Localization

Tons

 

Centro Infantil do Hospital de Faro

(creche dos filhos dos trabalhadores)

Faro

23

 

EB1/JI da Conceição de Faro

Faro

22

 

Centro Social Nossa Senhora do Carmo de Faro (Jardim de infância)

Faro

21

 

 

 

AMARSUL

 

Faculdade Ciências e Tecnologia

Almada

18

 

Cooperativa de Ensino Superior Egas Moniz

Almada

10

 

EB 2,3 Quinta Nova da Telha

Barreiro

12

 

 

 

ERSUC

 

Centro de Educação Integral

São João da Madeira

6

 

EB1 DO OUTEIRAL

Ovar

6

 

J.I. das Travessas

São João da Madeira

4

 

 

 

RESIESTRELA

 

Escola Sta. Luzia

Guarda

13

 

Escola das Palmeiras

Covilhã

7

 

Escola das Atalaias

Fundão

3

 

 

 

RESINORTE

 

Agrupamento de Escolas Dr. Júlio Martins

Chaves

14

 

Centro Social de Bairro

Vila Nova de Famalicão

10

 

Centro Social Guardizela

Guimarães

5

 

 

 

RESULIMA

 

Escola António Fogaça

Barcelos

3

 

Escola Básica de Galegos S. Martinho

Barcelos

2

 

Escola Básica de Forjães

Esposende

2

 

 

 

SULDOURO

 

Escola do Monte

Vila Nova de Gaia

19

 

Escola Quinta dos Castelos

Vila Nova de Gaia

10

 

Escola da Asprela

Vila Nova de Gaia

9

 

 

 

VALNOR

 

Centro Escolar de Chainça

Abrantes

9

 

EB1/JI António Torrado

Abrantes

8

 

Jardim de Infância “O Despertar”

Campo Maior

3

 

 

 

VALORLIS

 

Fundação Lar Santa Margarida do Arrabal

Leiria

8

 

Cáritas Diocesana de Leiria

Leiria

8

 

Jardim de Infância de Assanha da Paz

Pombal

0,4

 

 

 

VALORMINHO

 

Escola Básica 1 Âncora Lage

Caminha

3

 

Escola Básica de Friestas

Valença

2

 

Escola Básica de Venade

Caminha

2

 

 

 

VALORSUL

 

Escola EB Moledo

Lourinhã

25

 

Escola EB Salvador Leonardo Ferreira

Lourinhã

16

 

Escola EB Moita dos Ferreiros

Lourinhã

14

 

 

 

 

Ecovalor Program

 

The Ecovalor program aims to promote good environmental practices in educational establishments throughout the country, rewarding those that present better performance in the separation of their used packaging. In addition to the awareness actions (also available online), this program ensures selective collection, delivers bags and supports and includes the Separa e Ganha contest - for each bag of packaging destined for the yellow ecopoint, the school will receive € 0.50. The values ​​associated with the recycling of paper / cardboard and glass are specific to some regions, which have already taken the step in recycling more materials. More information about this initiative at this link: https://www.egf.pt/pt/sustentabilidade/educacao-ambiental/programa-ecovalor/

Winning Institutions 2020 MARCH 24, 2021

There were 378 social institutions that participated in the Toneladas de Ajuda campaign in 2020 - the campaign aimed at social institutions and available in about 60% of the national territory. There were more than 450,000 people who, despite the pandemic, implemented good practices for the reduction and reuse of waste and recycled 2,332 tons of packaging, significantly exceeding the values ​​of 2019.

 

All of these institutions sent 1,550 tons of paper and cardboard, 502 tons of plastic, metal and beverage packages and 47 tons of glass to recycle. The material separated by the institutions was sent for recycling and each entity receives its prize according to the amount recycled, for a total of 307,880 euros.

 

TOP + | National Champions

 

At the national level, Banco Alimentar do Algarve stands out, first with 318 tons, followed by APPACDM by Trofa (206 tons) and by Projeto Lousã Recicla Mais (184 tons). These were the winning institutions, recognized by EGF and the concessionaire in their region.

 

TOP + | Regional Champions

 

Each concessionaire also distinguishes the institutions that recycle the most in each region, and from which the results are disclosed.

 

 

REGIONAL CHAMPIONS 2020

ALGAR

Ranking

Institution

Localization

Tons

Banco Alimentar do Algarve

Todo o

Algarve

318

 

AMARSUL

Bombeiros Voluntários de Cacilhas

Almada

9

CERCIMA

Montijo

6

Cercizimbra

Sesimbra

3

 

ERSUC

Projeto Lousã Recicla +

Lousã

184

APPACDM de Coimbra - Unidade de Arganil

Arganil

165

Banco Alimentar Contra a Fome de Coimbra

Coimbra

121

 

RESIESTRELA

Banco alimentar Cova da Beira

Covilhã

73

CERCIG

Guarda

6

ASTA - Associação Socio Terapêutica de Almeida

Pinhel

4

 

RESINORTE

APPACDM da Trofa

Trofa

206

Associação do Município de Tarouca

Tarouca

35

Associação Humanitária dos Bombeiros Voluntários de Nespereira

Cinfães

11

 

RESULIMA

Associação Remelhe Saudável

Barcelos

117

Associação para a partilha alimentar (Banco Alimentar)

Viana

do Castelo

98

Associação Cultural de Chafé

Viana

do Castelo

24

 

SULDOURO

MACUR

Santa Maria

da Feira

19

Associação Escolas Torne e Prado

Vila Nova

de Gaia

14

Centro Social de Lourosa

Santa Maria

da Feira

7

 

VALNOR

Banco Alimentar Abrantes

Abrantes

19

 

 

VALORMINHO

Bombeiros de Paredes de Coura

Paredes

de coura

44

Associação desportiva de Campos

Vila Nova

de Cerveira

30

Associação os TORREENSES

Valença

10

 

VALORSUL

Ass. O Dom Maior

Lisboa

52

Partilha, Ajuda Sol Oeste

Caldas

da Rainha

38

CAS Nadadouro

Caldas

da Rainha

25

 

 

Toneladas de Ajuda Campaign

 

The Toneladas de Ajuda social responsibility campaign consists of adding value to all recyclable waste that registered social institutions want to deliver, namely plastic, metal, paper, cardboard and glass packaging, in exchange for a financial contribution. More information about this initiative at this link: https://www.egf.pt/pt/sustentabilidade/educacao-ambiental/toneladas-de-ajuda/

 

AMARSUL | New Blue Caps FEBRUARY 26, 2021

Due to the implementation of selective collection in ecological islands in the municipalities of Barreiro, Moita, Palmela Sesimbra and in the eastern area of ​​the municipality of Montijo, during 2019 and 2020 Amarsul registered several requests from residents, indicating that the size of the opening of the lids containers was small, making it difficult to dispose of recyclable waste.

 

To respond to this obstacle to recycling, in July 2020, a pilot experiment by Amarsul started, which involved the replacement of the container lids on the ecological islands in the Municipality of Alcochete, with others with larger openings to facilitate the deposition of recyclable waste, in both. the 1,100 liter containers (yellow and blue) that we made available to residents.

 

Over the six months of this experience, Amarsul found that the change in the opening of the blue container lids led to a significant reduction in contamination, as well as an increase in the quantities collected, proving that this change facilitated the work of those who want to separate paper / cardboard packaging for recycling. With regard to the yellow containers, it was found that the increase in the opening of the lids resulted in an increase in contamination, without a corresponding increase in the quantities collected.

 

It was concluded that the good results achieved showed the relevance of moving forward with the replacement of the blue lids of all 1,100 liter containers, in all municipalities where Amarsul has this type of container.

 

The replacement operation started in February, in the Municipality of Moita, and will run until the end of 2021 in all municipalities, with the objective of facilitating the work of those who separate the waste to recycle, without leading to the improper deposition of undifferentiated waste in the containers intended only for recyclables.

 

This intervention on more than 3,500 ecological islands will be carried out in conjunction with the Municipalities concerned, so that together we can contribute so that the population separates everything always and everywhere. This project, which was supported and co-financed by POSEUR - Operational Program for Sustainability and Efficiency in the Use of Resources, aims to increase and optimize the quantities of recyclables separated at source.

 

Recycling grew 4% in 2020 FEBRUARY 8, 2021

EGF, a MOTA-ENGIL / URBASER Group company responsible for the treatment and recovery of urban waste in 174 municipalities in Portugal and 60% of the Portuguese population, registered in 2020 an increase in the selective collective of 4% compared to 2019, an increase that contrasts with the decrease in total waste production of -5%. 

 

In February 2020, before the effects of the pandemic, Selective Collection grew 19% compared to the same period last year and everything indicated that it would be a year of marked growth, reflecting the investment made by EGF in Selective Collection and in campaigns with the population. However, with a pandemic and due to the consequences on the activity of companies and changes in people's behavior, the numbers registered are lower than the initial expectation, but they are nonetheless positive, due to the population's adherence to EGF awareness campaigns, supporting the effective and growing participation of citizens in the habits of recycling. 

 

Pandemic Effects 

 

Attention should be drawn to the effects of the COVID-19’s pandemic with these results, which highlight the increased presence of families at home (where more waste is recycled), and, consequently, the movement of waste production to the outlying city areas, the closure of local trade, the near absence of tourism and the changes in consumer habits. However, it is also clear, that this is a year in which the waste produced is falling, contrary to the increasing trend of recent years

 

Recycling never stopped 

 

It should also be noted that EGF’s concessionaires, despite this being a year of extreme challenges, have never stopped their services to the population, particularly the selective collection activity, but also the sorting plants operation, as they have been able to implement solutions and adapt to the new conditions, always with the utmost care for the safety and health of their employees.

 

We highlight the excellent performance in collection of recyclables of the companies Amarsul, Suldouro and Resinorte with growth above 16% compared to the same period of 2019, and, conversely, the companies Valorsul and Algar, greatly affected by the absence of tourism and closure of trade.

 

This information represents the consolidated data of 11 concessionaires, distributed from North to South of the country, for the year 2020 and illustrate the behavior of 60% of the Portuguese population. 

Waste and the Pandemic: Safety Measures JANUARY 12, 2021

EGF has available a digital platform on what to do with waste during the pandemic. The platform contains simplified information of safety measures to take with waste, following the rules of APA, DGS and ERSAR.

 

You can visit the platform #PREVENTCOVID19, launched during March last year, to answer questions through FAQs; consult teaching materials for use by all people and organizations; and watch informative reports with the waste rules to follow during the COVID-19's pandemic.

 

In a new confinement phase, it is important to clarify questions about recycling and understand the best method to protect yourself, and the people around you, to avoid contagion.

 

Follow the waste rules in order to prevent and mitigate the spread of the virus, protecting yourself and the waste treatment and collection workers that daily perform their service without the possibility of confinement.

VALORSUL | Composting Trees JANUARY 8, 2021

A campaign to collect natural Christmas trees is being carried out until January 14, promoted by the Lisbon City Council in partnership with Valorsul, A Piece of Lemon Cake and Pinheiro Bombeiro.

 

The collected natural Christmas trees will be transformed into compost in the new Valorsul Green Composting Station. The resulting compost will be used in the planting of the first Tiny Forest in Portugal, promoted by A Piece of Lemon Cake, which will start later this year in Lisbon.

 

The campaign runs between 9 am and 5 pm at Lisbon's Cleaning Stations in Boavista, Monsanto, Filipe de Mata, Vale do Forno and Infante D. Henrique. It is estimated that between 825 and 2200 natural pines will be delivered for composting.

How long and where can your natural Christmas tree be delivered?


The campaign runs from January 7 to 14, between 9 am and 5 pm, at the following Cleaning Stations in the City of Lisbon:
- Boavista: Rua Dom Luís I, 10 (Misericórdia);
- Monsanto: Estrada da Pimenteira, at the access to Casa dos Animais de Lisboa (Alcântara).
- Filipe de Mata: Rua Filipe da Mata, under the viaduct (Avenidas Novas).
- Vale do Forno: Estrada Militar, to Quinta do Olival (Lumiar).
- Infante D. Henrique: Avenida Infante D. Henrique, under the Santa Apolónia Viaduct (São Vicente).

Delivery can also be made at LX Factory, at the point of sale of the O Pinheiro Bombeiro initiative, on January 8th, 9th and 10th, from 9 am to 1 am and you can also request the collection of the tree at the Lisbon City Hall services.

EGF's Group awarded by APCE DECEMBER 17, 2020

EGF's Group won APCE's 2020 Grand Prix: COVID-19 Edition, ex aequo with CTT, in the category “Integrated Campaign - Services (Tertiary Sector)” with the campaign #PREVENTCOVID19.

 

 

The campaign, launched in March this year, sensitized the population to stay at home with the aim of preventing the spread of the pandemic by COVID-19, with simple messages and illustrations that showed the most important rules to take into account when taking care of our waste in the midst of a pandemic, with a persistence that reached thousands of people across the country.

 

 

This campaign has already won, this year, the 2nd communication award from ISWA - International Solid Waste Association and obtained an honorable mention in the same category in the awards of APEE - Portuguese Association for Business Ethics.


With the motto “we are working for you, stay home for us”, the campaign showed workers from EGF's concessionaires who worked tirelessly every day to guarantee a service that cannot stop - the collection, treatment and management of waste.


The campaign was produced by EGF's Communication team, EGF's workers and the agencies Wiz Interactive, Deslink and World IT. Congratulations to everyone involved and to the population that continues to recycle everything, always and everywhere!

 

Get to know this pioneering campaign at: https://www.egf.pt/en/media/covid-19/ or on all EGF social networks by looking for the hashtag #PREVENIRCOVID19. See below the moment of the Group's victory (15:04 min) and all the campaigns that won the communication awards.

 

ALGAR | Christmas Campaign DECEMBER 14, 2020

Algar and NUTRIVERDE® wish everyone happy holidays, fulfilling a tradition with which the Algarve has already become accustomed. In this festive season, all Algar facilities will have horticultural plants to offer their customers, along with samples of their organic compound, NUTRIVERDE®, ideal for this type of crops.


Planting vegetables is one of Algar's proposals that invites all Algarvians to create their own vegetable garden, a company tradition that has completed a decade, and that is fulfilled every year by this time. In addition to being a great hobby, it also brings economic benefits by providing cheaper and tastier vegetables. With the fundamental help of NUTRIVERDE®, a 100% natural compound, better agricultural production will be achieved.

 

To access this offer, you'll just need to one of the company's facilities, starting on December 14th (www.algar.com.pt), and deliver a bag with recyclable packaging waste in exchange for compost and vegetables (limited to existing stock).

 

NUTRIVERDE® is obtained exclusively from recovery and treatment of green waste from parks, gardens, golf courses and agricultural activities, through a biological process called composting. The production of this compound allows Algar, annually, to recover about 15 thousand tons of this waste, avoiding landfill dumping.

 

ALGAR's Organic Compound sides with Agriculture

The excellent quality of NUTRIVERDE® promotes greater production in agricultural crops.

NUTRIVERDE®, produced and marketed by Algar, is ideal to use as an organic fertilizer and/or substrate. In addition to not being aggressive or polluting to nature, NUTRIVERDE® brings numerous benefits to the soil, returning it to organic matter absorbed by plants, thus closing the natural cycle. In this way, it is possible to fight soil erosion and improve its physical, chemical and biological properties.

 

NUTRIVERDE® can be purchased at Algar's premises during their opening hours. The company has 3 Green Composting Units in operation, in Portimão, São Brás de Alportel and Tavira. NUTRIVERDE® deliveries can be made by Algar, subject to conditions to be agreed with the customer.

 

Currently, NUTRIVERDE® and NUTRIVERDE PREMIUM® are sold in bulk and in a big bag (packaging with circa 800 kg). To learn more about NUTRIVERDE®, you can visit Algar's website at www.algar.com.pt. 

EGF | Recycling Contest NOVEMBER 26, 2020

The 19th edition of Ecovalor's Program has already started, empowered by the annual recycling contest “Separa e Ganha” - a challenge launched by EGF'S group to educational institutions across the country, which offers prizes to schools that present better performance in separating their used plastic, metal, paper and cardboard packagings.  

 

EGF REINFORCES RECYCLING CONTEST
FOR SCHOOLS

 

This contest is aimed at recycling enthusiasts and is part of EGF's Ecovalor Program, an active program since 2002 that involves schools across the country, with several initiatives that promote good environmental practices. This year, all awareness-raising actions were adapted to digital format for the safety of all participants.

 

The initiative plan is adapted to the reality of each region and is implemented by each EGF concessionaire - Algar, Amarsul, Ersuc, Resiestrela, Resinorte, Resulima, Suldouro, Valorlis, Valorminho, Valnor and Valorsul - in its area of ​​operation, in partnership with the respective municipalities. Despite the pandemic phase, this program has never stopped and has overcome challenges and promoted new solutions.

 

In 2019, Ecovalor received more than 2,500 tons of packaging for recycling, doubling the volume of the previous year. 1,099 schools and almost 400 thousand people participated, almost twice the impact that the program had in 2018. In addition, the concessionaires carried out, in total, more than 6,500 complementary actions, such as face-to-face visits, awareness-raising actions or campaigns, reaching more than 100 thousand people.

 

This program reinforces EGF's Group mission, like the current national campaign “The Future of the Planet is Not Recyclable”, launched last month, which raises Portuguese citizens awareness towards sustainability and resource development, leading them to adopt appropriate environmental behaviors to protect the planet and future generations.

EGF | Awarded Campaigns NOVEMBER 20, 2020

EGF's group, leader in treatment and recovery of waste in Portugal, was awarded, this Thursday, with a Recognition of Practices in Social Responsibility in the category #SDG11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities, attributed to the Toneladas de Ajuda (Tons of Help) campaign.

 

 

In the week of social responsibility, the group was also distinguished with an Honorable Mention in the Communication category attributed to the campaign #PREVENTCOVID19, in an initiative by APEE - Portuguese Association of Business Ethics - in partnership with the Global Compact Network Portugal.

 

 

The ceremony, dedicated to the theme "2020-2030: The Decade of Sustainability", was attended by the Secretary of State for the Treasury, Dr. Miguel Cruz, and is part of the 15th Edition of Social Responsibility Week®, which every year brings together government representatives, business leaders, experts and civil society organizations to discuss the major issues related to ethics, social responsibility and sustainability.

 

The awards were received by Emídio Pinheiro, Chairman of the Board of Directors of EGF. “The awarded projects are part of an environmental and social communication strategy articulated with the 174 municipalities that are shareholders and customers of EGF's concessionaires, which also includes the most recent campaign, still ongoing, called “THE FUTURE OF THE PLANET IS NOT RECYCLABLE” , but also the Ecovalor Program for schools, EcoEvents, Recycling Commerce and Markets or the APP Recycle BinGo. I appeal to your participation in these initiatives, because, in fact, the future of the planet is not recyclable”, he said.


Toneladas de Ajuda mobilized a total of 250 institutions in 2019, having collected more than 734 tons of packaging to recycle, which allowed the distribution of around 70,000€ in social support. The campaign remains active in 2020 and with the same logic of supporting and promoting appropriate environmental behaviors among institutions.


#PREVENTCOVID19 consisted of a campaign developed in the beginning of the pandemic in a scenario of great uncertainty. It was created in record time and managed to put in place a communication strategy for the citizen, mainly on social media, giving accurate and useful information on what to do to urban waste in the first wave of confinement, to correct the wrong behavior that were jeopardizing the recycling operation. In addition, this project counted on the active participation of EGF workers, who were avidly involved in the initiatives and showed their daily work to the population, essential to mantain public service with quality and safety.

 

Waste Reduction Week 18 NOVEMBER 2020

EGF and the 11 concessionaires - Algar, Amarsul, Ersuc, Resiestrela, Resinorte, Resulima, Suldouro, Valnor, Valorlis, Valorminho and Valorsul - are promoting reduction, reusing and recycling activities throughout the country, amongst the European Week for Waste Reduction, which runs from the 21st to the 29th of November.


This year's theme is invisible waste - waste generated during the manufacturing process of products. In order to alert the population that even in times of pandemic, concern for the planet is on the agenda, the EGF Group has several campaigns and initiatives scheduled, notably the initiatives with the media under the campaign The Future of the Planet is Not Recyclable.

 

In Portugal, around 513kg of urban waste per inhabitant are produced per year and in 2019 Portugal produced a total of 5,281 thousand tons of this waste. This value is above the European average, and only with the adoption of correct behaviors will it be possible to reduce this production.

 

EGF, with the largest environmental awareness campaign ever, remains committed to promoting reduction, reuse and recycling in Portugal.

VALORLIS | Ecoporta Project NOVEMBER 12, 2020

Sociedade Ponto Verde and Valorlis came together to make recycling easier and easier. The Ecoporta initiative reaches Picassinos, Comeira (Marinha Grande), Casal do Ralha, Mouratos (Leiria) in an action to raise awareness of promoting adherence to the door to door collection service in these locations.

 

With the motto “Separate the Packaging. We collect. We all recycle.” The initiative consists of a team of monitors who will visit the homes in the region in order to raise their awareness of the existence of a free door-to-door collection service for recyclable waste that, in order to function fully, must have the involvement and participation of all.

 

This initiative provides for the distribution of bags and ecobags for waste separation and also participation through a questionnaire on recycling habits.

 

With a new approach, closer to the citizen, the objective of the Ecoporta initiative is to involve citizens showing that they can be part of the solution by recycling without leaving home.

 

In addition to door-to-door actions, the initiative also includes a partnership with commercial establishments where dispensers and bags for separation will be available.

 

“Our main objective is that the inhabitants of the areas covered adhere to the free service we provide them, separating their paper and plastic waste correctly. Each one separates their waste, Valorlis collects it door to door and all together we make a difference”, says Marta Guerreiro, Executive Director of Valorlis.

 

For Ana Isabel Trigo Morais, CEO / CEO of SPV, “door-to-door collection is an essential service to ensure the forwarding of packaging for treatment and recovery in some areas of our country. Initiatives such as Ecoporta make it possible to guarantee the correct information and awareness of citizens so that they get to know the service and understand that it is only with their participation that it is possible to do it effectively. ”

 

The action will start on November 6 and will go through the rooms over the weekends, complying with all the rules stipulated by the General Directorate of Health.

 

Door-to-Door Collection Service

Valorlis has been implementing the Door to Door Collection service since 2001 from the population, in the areas of Picassinos/Comeira, in the municipality of Marinha Grande and Mouratos/Casal do Ralha in the municipality of Leiria. The inhabitants of the areas covered store their plastic and metal, paper and cardboard waste in the blue and yellow bags provided by Valorlis and on specific days (3rd and 6th) they place them at the door of their residence and Valorlis collects them.

 

Valorlis' door-to-door collection service aims to increase the quantity and quality of selectively collected materials and, consequently, to decrease the quantities of undifferentiated waste, through a selective collection system at the residence itself.

 

About Sociedade Ponto Verde

Sociedade Ponto Verde is a private non-profit institution whose mission is to organize and manage the recovery and recovery of packaging waste, promoting CIRCULAR ECONOMY through the implementation of the Integrated Packaging Waste Management System (SIGRE). Awareness and education for the best environmental practices are one of the main objectives of Sociedade Ponto Verde with the Portuguese.

VALORSUL | Renewed Screening NOVEMBER 06, 2020

The largest and most technological packaging sorting line in our country is already fully operational. It is located in the Lumiar Sorting Center, in Lisbon, and makes sorting faster and more rigorous, especially for various types of plastics and metals that families and businesses separate to recycle in yellow containers and ecopoints.


5.5 million investment guarantees capacity increase

The investment, of approximately 5.5 million euros in the new Valorsul Sorting Center, has provided this infrastructure with a processing capacity of more than 7 tons per hour of plastic and metal, which will allow to cope with the growth of quantities separated by people in the coming years.

7 optical readers were also installed that automatically separate different plastics and more than 100 equipment and conveyors, which allow the maximum use of all the material that reaches this sorting line.

 

On a daily basis, this Sorting Center treats and sends the plastic and metal packaging that arrives there (44 tons/day) but also 105 tons of paper and cardboard and 88 tons of glass for recycling. The new Sorting Center employs 70 workers, in two shifts, which guarantee the entire operation and a high quality control of the materials.

 

Valorsul invites you to a virtual visit to this important piece of technology in the area of ​​recyclable waste separation, by viewing a short 2-minute video:


At the Cadaval Screening Center, work on upgrading and increasing capacity has also been completed, to cope with the growth achieved in the selective collection of the West.

 

The new packaging line, in Lisbon, was financed by PO SEUR.

 

 

Inclusive Campaign OCTOBER 29, 2020

“It's not just a campaign, it's a collective and inclusive movement” - this is the motto that led EGF and its 11 concessionaires - Algar, Amarsul, Ersuc, Resiestrela, Resinorte, Resulima, Suldouro, Valorlis, Valorminho, Valnor and Valorsul - to develop a movement to change environmental behaviors.

 

 

EGF concessionaires reorganize more than 78,300 ecopoints across the country to promote inclusion and increase recycling

 

 

Among the several planned actions is the reorganization of ecopoints, in order to promote recycling among citizens with limitations. More than 78,300 ecopoints from North to South of Portugal will have a new order - Blue, Green and Yellow - thus helping those with visual limitations. This action is expected to be completed in February 2021.

 

The solution is simple: just orderering the ecopoints containers always the same way, from left to right - blue, green and yellow. In this way, blind or visually impaired citizens will always know which container is for each type of material.

 

“With this action, we not only want to have more citizens recycling, but we want them to recycle better and for that we have to be more and more inclusive. The campaign - The Future of the Planet is Not Recyclable - is more than an advertising film, this is the biggest awareness movement that has ever been made, because together we can be the engine of a necessary and urgent change”, said Emídio Pinheiro, Chairman of the Board of Directors of EGF.

 

EGF's concessionaires have already started this project in their areas of operation and expect to conclude the action in four months. At the same time, EGF invited all waste treatment and recovery systems, city councils and organizations, to adopt the same procedure, so that it is possible to standardize this practice across the country.

 

AUDIO DESCRIPTION


In addition to ecopoints' ordering, the recycling code present in various information media is now available in audio description. If on one hand, the recycling signs already had the colorADD symbols (which support color identification for colorblind citizens), blind and visually impaired citizens can now hear these rules available on EGF's website or hear the campaign announcement in this format.

 

OTHER INITIATIVES


Besides these initiatives, there is also the subtitling of all the films shown, including the TV ad, which allows the deaf community to understand them, and some content presented by company employees whose physical and/or psychological limitations were not hindering to their participation.


Launched this month by EGF and its 11 concessionaires, a leading group in the treatment and recovery of waste in Portugal, this is the largest environmental awareness campaign ever developed in Portugal with European funds and has an investment of around one million euros.

 

More information about the campaign at: www.egf.pt/o-futuro-do-planeta-nao-e-reciclavel/

More information on inclusive content: https://www.egf.pt/o-futuro-do-planeta-nao-e-reciclavel/campanha-inclusiva/

Dolphin by Xico Gaivota OCTOBER 22, 2020

The artist Xico Gaivota joined the movement “The Future of the Planet is not Recyclable” and created a sculpture of a dolphin, from marine waste, as it is one of the most iconic marine species, thus arousing the attention of even more Portuguese people for recycling.

 

 

 

The piece can be visited, free of charge, at the European Green Capital Store 2020, at Praça do Município, in Lisbon, from Monday to Friday, between 9am and 6pm, until December 31st 2020. After this date, the piece will go on tour in several spaces across the country.

 

 

“It was with great pride that I accepted the invitation to make this piece as part of the campaign "The Future of the Planet is Not Recyclable". The objective is to make us think about our behavior as inhabitants of this planet”, says Xico Gaivota.

 

With approximately 2.5m in height and about 150 kg, this work was developed exclusively with fragments of unhandled waste and without the use of any glues or paints during its production. All the materials that the artist uses in his pieces are collected by him on non-concessioned beaches on the Portuguese coast.

 


Xico Gaivota is usually recognized for his interventions to raise global awareness of the existing waste at sea. For years he has been travelling along Portuguese beaches, from north to south, collecting plastics and other materials that become the raw-material for his original creations, where the theme of marine animals is constant.

 

The developed art piece integrates the campaign “The Future of the Planet is not Recyclable”, which shows what happens to waste after being separated in ecopoints and aims to provoke the Portuguese conscience, leading them to adopt appropriate environmental behaviors to protect the planet. The process is simple: reduce, reuse and recycle.

 

Launched this month by the EGF concessionaires - Algar, Amarsul, Ersuc, Resiestrela, Resinorte, Resulima, Suldouro, Valorlis, Valorminho, Valnor and Valorsul -, the leading group in the treatment and recovery of waste in Portugal, this is the biggest environmental awareness campaign ever developed in Portugal with European funds and has an investment of around one million euros.

 

See here the making of of the art piece:

 

 


More information about the artist at: www.xicogaivota.com


More information about the campaign at: www.egf.pt/o-futuro-do-planeta-nao-e-reciclavel/

 

Technical Information

Art Piece: Dolphin Jumping Out of Water

Author: Xico Gaivota

Opening Hours: Monday to Friday, from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm

Location: Praça do Município,
European Green Capital Store 2020, Lisbon, Portugal

Date: Exhibition until December 31st, 2020

National Campaign is ON! OCTOBER 07, 2020

EGF's concessionaires, a leading group in the treatment and recovery of waste in Portugal, launched, this Wednesday, the largest environmental awareness campaign ever developed in Portugal with European funds. With an investment of more than one million euros, O Futuro do Planeta Não é Reciclável movement, calls for the prevention, reuse and recycling of urban waste. The advertising film features Rúben Alves, author of the acclaimed film “A Gaiola Dourada”.

 

The goal of this campaign is to move the citizen to take action and be part of a collective movement, through the adoption of appropriate environmental behaviors in its daily waste  management and by assuming their role as resource manager, in a value chain of which EGF and its concessionaires are part of.

“This is a very important campaign for the EGF group. We accounted for the involvement of all concessionaires, employees and partners, to create, together, a collective environmental movement that will make a difference ”, underlined Emídio Pinheiro, Chairman of the Board of Directors of EGF.

 

This campaign is part of a Strategic Environmental Communication application, submitted by EGF's concessionaires and approved by POSEUR for the period 2016-2020 with a co-financing of 85%. For its implementation, a public tender with international advertising was carried out, with the award of € 1,061,732.

 

The presentation of the campaign will be made, this morning, at the Thalia Theater, in Lisbon, in a public ceremony with the participation of the Secretary of State for the Environment and Climate Action, Inês dos Santos Costa.

 

A CAMPAIGN THAT INTENDS TO RAISE CONSCIOUSNESS


The advertising film, authored by director Rúben Alves, who made the film “Gaiola Dourada”, is very cinematic and aims to raise awareness and lead the necessary change in behavior. This spot shows what happens to waste after being separated at the ecopoints and gives face and voice to thousands of workers in this sector of activity. In addition, the role of municipalities and organizations, which are invited to promote this campaign in their regions, is also highlighted.

 

Actress Ana Varela, comedian, António Raminhos, singer Toy and urban artist Xico Gaivota will help to give voice to this movement, through various actions on social media and the creation of an installation to celebrate the movement. Regional events and participations will also be promoted, as well as environmental education actions on the ground, such as the Ecovalor Program and Recycle Bingo.

 

The multimedia advertising campaign, whose creativity was by Tux & Gill, will be present in various national and regional media - press, radio, billboards and television -, highlighting the actions integrated in the programs The Voice of Portugal, Big Brother and Manhãs of Rádio Comercial.

 

Also noteworthy are the special care for inclusion and diversity applied in this campaign, including the subtitling of films, the implementation of rules in ordering the containers (blue, green and yellow) for the blind and the creation of a tattoo with the application of the ColorADD symbols.

ISWA Representative OCTOBER 02, 2020

Ana Loureiro, EGF's Communication Director, was elected as Representative of National Members on ISWA - International Solid Waste Association's organization Board.

 

To change the world, first you have to change yourself, only then can you make a difference.

 

Congratulations Ana and APESB, ISWA's representative in Portugal!

 

ALGAR | Pesca por Mar sem Lixo OCTOBER 01, 2020

Algar supports the initiative "Pesca por um Mar sem Lixo (Fishing for a Sea without Waste)", a project with the objective of reducing marine litter on the Portuguese coast, which has now reached the fishing port of Lagos, where it has, at the start, 31 vessels and 67 fishermen.


Lagos is the 17th fishing port to join this initiative, in a partnership involving Docapesca, Algar, Lagos City Council, Association of Artisanal Fishing Shipowners of the Western Algarve, Barlavento Fishing Shipowners' Cooperative (Barlapesca) and Portuguese Marine Waste Association.


“Fishing for a Sea without Waste” is a project integrated in one of Portugal's voluntary commitments within the scope of the Sustainable Development objective 14 - Oceans, promoting the collection of waste generated on board and captured in fishing gear and providing the appropriate infrastructure for its reception on land and subsequent recovery.


Algar is a partner of the initiative in the region in the Algarve, through the provision of ecopoints for the disposal of recyclable waste collected at sea by fishermen (plastic cups and bags, beverage packages, cans and styrofoam). These residues, collected at sea or produced on boats, are sent to land by fishermen, who place them in Algar containers.


The project, coordinated by Docapesca, brings together organizations of producers, shipowners and fishermen, as well as public and private entities from the ports, aiming at improving the environmental conditions of the Portuguese coastal zone. As part of this initiative, 745 vessels are already involved, representing 2,814 fishermen, and almost 80 producer organizations, associations, municipalities, waste collection companies, NGOs and port administrations.

“Fishing for a Sea without Waste” has also been implemented in Peniche (2016), Ilha da Culatra and Aveiro (2017), Figueira da Foz and Sesimbra (2018), Póvoa de Varzim, Setúbal, Matosinhos, Sagres, Portimão, Quarteira , Olhão, Nazaré and Sines (2019), in Cascais and Viana do Castelo (2020).

ALGAR | Vehicles Purchase SEPTEMBER 28, 2020

Algar acquired two new automated ecopoints wash units. The investment makes it possible to wash and sanitize surface ecopoints for selective collection in the Algarve region, complying with the “container washing” indicator, inherent to the “quality of water and waste services provided to users”.

 

Following this acquisition, AW Machinery BV and SOMA - Environmental Solutions, Lda., suppliers of the referred equipment, appointed Algar to indicate a local social institution with the objective of making a donation, within the scope of its social responsibility, for the development of projects that benefit the population of the region.

 

The Food Bank Against Hunger in the Algarve (BACF-Algarve) was the chosen institution, having received a donation of 6,000.00€. With this gesture, the aforementioned consortium seeks to set the tone for other companies to follow their example, helping this or other local institutions, which are increasingly sought after by underprivileged families.

 

BACF-Algarve, is an institution that fights waste, recovering food surpluses to take them to those who have food shortages, mobilizing people and companies, who voluntarily join their cause.

 

The institution currently supports 23,799 people through 116 institutions in the region. Between 1 April and 31 August this year, 1,878,809 units of product were delivered, amounting to 1,845,274.40€, compared to 2019, when 1,195,540 units were delivered, amounting to 1,189,804.28€. The COVID19 pandemic had an impact on the increase in the quantities distributed in the order of 57% and an increase in the food support provided with an additional 655,470.12€.

 

 

EGF | ISWA Award SEPTEMBER 24, 2020

EGF won the second place in the ISWA Communication Award - International Solid Waste Association 2020 with the communication campaign #PREVENTCOVID19.


This international award recognizes the excellence of waste communication campaigns that increase public awareness and promote sustainable waste and resource management.


Finland ranked first with the HSY Waste Escape Room project from Helsinki Region Environmental Services Authority HSY, and Scotland ranked third with the Zero Waste Scotland Trial Period project.


ISWA is an international association, of which EGF - Environment Global Facilities is a member, that aims to develop waste management in a sustainable manner worldwide, promoting resource efficiency through sustainable production and consumption and supporting under development and emerging economies.


This is the first year that Portugal is classified on the winners podium.

VALORLIS | Ecovalor Rewards SEPTEMBER 14, 2020

Valorlis promoted in the academic year 2019/2020, within the scope of EGF's Group program, Ecovalor, the “Separa e Ganha no Amarelo e Azul” contest, where schools were challenged to promote the collection of recyclable household waste, namely plastic packaging and metal and/or paper/cardboard, collected by Valorlis and later sent for recycling.


For their excellent environmental performance, 62 schools in the Valorlis intervention area will be awarded at the beginning of this school year, with more than 3 thousand euros to acquire pedagogical action materials, material goods or services.


During the academic year 2019/2020, participating schools sent 71 tons of recyclable waste for recycling: 50 tons of paper/cardboard and 21 tons of plastic/metal. The schools that separated the most kilograms per student were: Assanha da Paz Kindergarten in Almagreira, Pombal and Outeiro da Fonte Basic School in Carvide, Leiria, with 77 kg per student and 62 kg per student, respectively.


“This program aimed to increase recycling habits in schools and the evolving community, boosting the daily practice of separating recyclable waste", explains Marta Guerreiro, Executive Director of Valorlis and adds: "We are very satisfied with these results, which have been improving from year to year and we highlight the involvement of teachers, students and their families in promoting good environmental practices in institutions. The environment wins and the schools involved win! ”.

VALORSUL | Toneladas de Ajuda SEPTEMBER 11, 2020

In 2018 EGF's Group began the "Toneladas de Ajuda (Tons of Aid)" campaign. Valorsul opened the doors of its sorting centers and ecocenters to receive recyclable materials from institutions and, in return, started to provide financial assistance to the participating associations.

 


DOUBLE MISSION: ENVIRONMENTAL AND SOCIAL

At Valorsul, more than 60 institutions are registered for the "Toneladas de Ajuda" campaign. Since its launch, the campaign's financial aid has already exceeded 94 thousand euros, managing to send around 475 tons of materials, delivered by the institutions, to recycle.

 


Valorsul thus joined its environmental mission with the social mission of these institutions. All non-profit institutions interested in participating in the “Toneladas de Ajuda” campaign can contact Valorsul, or EGF at comunicacao@egf.pt. Any person or company can contribute by delivering recyclable materials for this cause.

 

QUANTITIES IN THE 1ST HALF OF 2020 EXCEED EXPECTATIONS

In the first half of 2020, "Toneladas de Ajuda" raised 138 tons of recyclable material, a result above expectations, considering that deliveries were suspended during the state of emergency, due to the pandemic COVID-19. 2 tons of glass, 87 tons of paper and cardboard and 49 tons of plastic and metal were delivered by 53 institutions. As a financial contribution, Valorsul handed over 25 thousand euros depending on the quantities delivered.

 

SUCCESS CASES

At Valorsul, one of the most successful cases of this campaign is the case of the O Dom Maior Association, which offers various therapies and physiotherapy for children.


"We must recognize this work, from these people who are dedicated to separating the materials for this campaign, which, in some cases, are families that live in very complicated situations and with increased responsibilities", says Sofia Terceiro, President of the Association, "In many situations of absent health insurance, this is the only means that makes the necessary treatments feasible."


This association was one of the first to join the campaign and has mobilized many people and even companies that send materials to Valorsul that revert in therapies and medicines for their users.

The Bucelas Voluntary Firefighters joined "Toneladas de Ajuda" in 2019 and, for some years now, they added, to their work for the community, an environmental aspect that brings benefits to the population they serve and also to the corporation.

RESINORTE | Ecopoints' Swap SEPTEMBER 03, 2020

In order to improve the quality of service provided, Resinorte, EGF's concessionaire in the North Central region of Portugal, is replacing a large part of its selective collection equipment.


With an investment of more than 424 thousand euros, Resinorte is proceeding to replace its oldest and/or damaged ecopoint network (about 12%).


This exchange in equipment will improve the quality of public service provided, as well as facilitate the recycling of waste by citizens, since these new equipments have larger “mouths” that make easier for the deposition of waste within the ecopoint.


The project started in July 2020, and is expected to be completed within the coming months, with the replacement of 400 recycling waste containers.

RESIESTRELA Toneladas de Ajuda AUGUST 27, 2020

As part of the EGF Group's campaign, Toneladas de Ajuda (Tons of Aid), the Food Bank of Cova da Beira delivered 55 tonnes of paper/cardboard to Resiestrela, which will be reverted in 5.5 tonnes of food that will later be donated to social support institutions in the municipalities of Belmonte, Celorico da Beira, Covilhã, Fundão, Guarda, Manteigas, Seia, Gouveia, Pinhel, Sabugal, Trancoso and Meda.

 

Resiestrela, a company with a strong sense of social responsibility, will continue to boost the Toneladas de Ajuda campaign, in order to provide financial support to Social Solidarity Institutions that are currently enrolled and for those that demonstrate an intention to participate, as when delivering plastic packaging, metal, paper, cardboard and glass, the participating institutions will receive a financial contribution.

 

The materials to be recycled can be left directly at the company's facilities, in the Fundão Sorting Center, and at the seven transfer stations and ecocenters in the municipalities of Almeida, Celorico da Beira, Guarda, Penamacor, Pinhel, Sabugal and Trancoso.

 

 

Social Solidarity Institutions who want to participate must register via email to marta.alcada@resiestrela.pt or at comunicacao@egf.pt. After receiving the data, a customer file is opened, which works as a current account for each institution in order to quantify the weight of the material delivered. A weighing slip will be available for any delivery. Deliveries made by other entities are also accepted, provided they are made on behalf of social solidarity institution already registered in the campaign.

 

For the Executive Director of Resiestrela, Nuno Heitor: “These results were only possible due to the active participation of the community and the Food Bank in this campaign, involving companies in the region to deliver recyclable materials on behalf of the social support entities registered in Toneladas de Ajuda".

AMARSUL | Plant Modernization AUGUST 26, 2020

The investments made by Amarsul, in the last two years, in vehicles and recycling waste containers, resulted in a significant increase in recyclables collected selectively in the first half of 2020.

It was, therefore, understood, the need to ensure the consequent increase in the processing capacity of the Automated Sorting Plant of Seixal's Ecopark; a unit intended for the separation of plastic and metal packaging (yellow waste container) which the citizens deposit at the recycling bins.

 

The 1st phase of Amarsul's Automated Sorting Plant modernization and expansion started in July, and is expected to be concluded this month, considering an investment of around 1 million euros integrated in Amarsul's strategy regarding the promotion of multi-material recycling.

 

The Automated Sorting Plant will have a new line with equipment that will allow processing from 4 ton/h to 6 ton/h of material. To this end, some critical equipment is being replaced which will allow the increment of recycled materials taken up and the achievement of the recovery goals originating from the selective collection, as well as the goal of preparation for reuse and recycling set for the Amarsul.

 


This project intends to provide this packaging waste processing unit with a processing capacity capable of fitting the increment of selective collection envisaged for the horizon of the Strategic Plan for Urban Waste (PERSU 2020) that establishes the national goals for the selective collection of waste. Amarsul's goal is 45kg/inhabitant/year, however, by June 2020, recyclable waste equivalent to 52kg/inhabitant/year had already been collected by the company.

 

Amarsul is in line with its essential values, being in the forefront of technology and management and providing a quality service for the citizens of Setúbal's Peninsula.

 

ERSUC | Mercados a Reciclar AUGUST 24, 2020

ERSUC has launched the “Mercados a Reciclar” campaign dedicated to the markets in its area of ​​intervention. This innovative campaign aims to encourage the separation of recyclables in markets, which will allow them to be sent for recycling, avoiding the dispersion of waste in adjacent spaces.

 

 

 

With this campaign, ERSUC intends to reward the Mercados a Reciclar award to participating markets, which stand out for their commitment to reducing the environmental impact resulting from the market, promoting proper management of waste.

 

 

Mercados a Reciclar represents a market with a character of responsibility and concern for sustainability, which will be a differentiating element.

 

“Municipalities request our collaboration in the markets, places of great waste production, which often cause problems when carried by the wind, this campaign appears in the dynamics of ERSUC's proximity to their municipalities, in solving common problems”, said Miguel Ferreira, ERSUC's administrator.

 

An ERSUC team will be in the markets to sensitize marketers to the correct separation of recyclables, providing means that allow this separation.

 

The campaign started in partnership with the Municipality of Estarreja, in the Municipal Market of Estarreja, and will soon be extended to other municipalities.

 

AMARSUL | Ecovalor Rewards AUGUST 18, 2020

Amarsul promoted - in the academic year of 2019/2020 - the 2nd edition of EGF's Group program, ECOVALOR, which has the competitions “Separa e Ganha no Azul e Amarelo” and which aims to promote the correct separation of recyclable waste in educational establishments, as well as creating recycling habits with the school community.


This project, co-financed by POSEUR - Operational Program for Sustainability and Efficiency in the Use of Resources, aims to increase and optimize the quantities of recyclables separated at source.

 

86 enrolled educational establishments were involved in the whole process, reaching a universe of 61,500 participating students. With this program, the recyclable waste collected goes back to the production cycle and becomes raw material and, at the same time, schools are rewarded for their good environmental performance.

 

The contest took place between October 2019 and June 2020. During this period, the participating schools separated and sent 46,566 kg of plastic and metal packaging and 106,806 kg of paper and cardboard for recycling, even though this edition lasted 2 months less than the usual, due to the early closure of schools resulting from COVID-19's pandemic. However, the commitment shown by the educational establishments allowed to increase the separated quantities by 153,372 Kg. The whole school community is to be congratulated!

 

For its excellent performance, Amarsul will award 60 prizes to educational establishments that managed to reach the minimum of 70 plastic/metal packaging bags and/or 1 ton of paper/cardboard during the academic year 2019/2020.

 

This type of contest is part of Amarsul's environmental education offer, which also includes visits to the facilities, provision of information materials on recycling and internal and external awareness actions, which reached more than 4,700 participants.

 

Given the success of the 2nd edition of the "Separa e Ganha" contest, the initiative will continue for the next school year. Find out how to enroll your school HERE.

AMARSUL | Lids Project AUGUST 07, 2020

Amarsul is carrying out a pilot project in the Municipality of Alcochete, which consists of replacing the lids of the yellow and blue 1,100-liter containers made available to residents, with others with larger openings, to facilitate the disposal of recyclable waste.

 

 

 

Amarsul was, at the end of last month, at Largo Barão de Samora Correia, together with the Municipality of Alcochete, following the work on replacing the container lids that make up the ecological islands in this municipality. All households in the municipality were informed of this change by post mail.

 

 

This change will make it possible to assess whether it is possible to facilitate the work of those who separate waste to recycle, without leading to the undue deposition of undifferentiated waste in containers intended only for recyclables. The results of this pilot project will allow decisions to be made that will be extended to all municipalities where Amarsul has placed this new typology of containers, that is, Barreiro, Moita, Palmela, Sesimbra and in the eastern part of the municipality of Montijo.

 

As for the deposition of bulky waste such as mattresses, furniture, sofas and the like, as well as tree branches, garden scraps and recyclable waste, this should be carried out at the Ecocenters that Amarsul has at the disposal of the population. In Alcochete, the Ecocenter is located on Caminho Municipal 1004, close to the Industrial Area of ​​Batel. The reception of this type of material is free and is available for the population to visit from Monday to Friday from 9am to 6pm and Saturday from 9am to 12:30pm, closing on Sundays and holidays.

 

The project was supported and co-financed by POSEUR - Operational Program for Sustainability and Efficiency in the Use of Resources and aims to increase and optimize the quantities of recyclables separated at source.

EGF | Top EcoEvents 2019 AUGUST 04, 2020

In a pandemic year there are no EcoEvents, but here at EGF we recognize the organizations that in 2019 recycled the most and are already preparing for an even more sustainable 2021. In 2019, 377 EcoEvents were held, with a total of 11.8 million participants.

 

In these events, 517 tons of packaging were collected: 210 tons of plastic, metal and beverage packages; 172 tons of glass and 135 tons of paper and cardboard.

 

Among the 377 events held last year in the EGF area, 3 EcoEvents were distinguished with higher values of collectable material:

 

 

 

Valorminho was the company that collected more glass (39 tons), ERSUC more plastic and metal (63 tons) and Algar more paper and cardboard (29 tons).


EcoEvents is an initiative of EGF's Group, supported by POSEUR (Operational Program for Sustainability and Efficiency in the Use of Resources), for collection and recovery of recyclable material and the adoption of environmental measures that promote appropriate environmental behavior.

 

Throughout the country, EGF concessionaires registered events with higher quantities of recyclables, presented below through the Top 3 of Regional EcoEvents 2019:

 

 

The regional rankings, and top EGF, can be seen on social media pages of all EGF concessionaires on Facebook, Linkedin and Instagram.

EcoPraias River Campaign AUGUST 03, 2020

 

Amarsul made available, on its page, the safety measures that must be taken into account when going to the beach. By following these measures, the population will be promoting a safe and sustainable way of going to the beach. Keep social distancing in the first place, and don't forget to recycle always and everywhere, whether that be by the sea or by the river.

Valorlis awards students AUGUST 02, 2020

Last Friday, Valorlis gave prizes to students of ISDOM's (Instituto Superior Dom Dinis) Design Licentiate Degree, within the scope of the project “Recycling and Design together for the Environment”, started in the previous school year.

 

This partnership resulted from the challenge launched by Valorlis to students of ISDOM's Graphic and Industrial Design course and consisted of making an artistic intervention in the large containers used in EcoEvents in the six municipalities in Valorlis' intervention area, under the theme of environmental sustainability and recycling.

 

The intervention containers were showcased at ISDOM allowing students to observe the result of their work. The decorated containers will be used in the EcoEvents promoted in the six municipalities of Valorlis' intervention area, for the disposal of recyclable packaging.

 

After the delivery of prizes, the students presented the proposals developed under the "Recycle + Glass" project and the "Reduce disposable plastic" campaign, continuing the partnership established between the two institutions.

 

The partnership established between Valorlis and ISDOM "allowed to promote the students' creative work and give them the opportunity to intervene in real contexts", explained Cristina Simões, ISDOM Director. Marta Lóia Guerreiro, Executive Director of Valorlis, added that “it is increasingly relevant to involve university students in the reality of companies and establish synergies in the development of projects that contribute to the preservation of the environment”.

EGF | Recycling grows 7% JULY 29, 2020

EGF, a MOTA-ENGIL/URBASER company responsible for the treatment and recovery of urban waste in 174 municipalities in Portugal, recorded, in the first half of 2020, an increase in selective collection of 7% compared to the same period of 2019.

 

The figures for the 1st semester are marked by the pandemic - in the first two months of the year companies were registering very significant increases in selective collection, in the order of 19%.

 

With the pandemic and confinement, the figures for the first semester show that the reception of undifferentiated waste decreased by 3%, but that, even so, the selective collection increased by 7%.

 

This growth in selective collection, which was expected to be greater before the pandemic, results from a high investment program carried out, integrated into concessionaires applications, co-financed by the Operational Program for Sustainability and Efficiency in the Use of Resources (POSEUR), and the priority given to selective collection activity of packaging waste, remodeling and modernization of infrastructures and awareness campaigns among the population, which resulted in an effective and growing participation of citizens in the recycling habits. The EGF companies that registered the highest growth were Amarsul (33%), Suldouro (25%) and Resinorte (23%).

 

As for common/household waste a 3% decrease was registered with significant differences between companies that grew and others that decreased in growth compared to the same period of 2019. These differences are explained by the drastic decline in tourism, the shortage in commercial activity, displacement of populations to nearby municipalities in homeworking activities and the decrease in bulky waste collection.

 

Analyzing the figures for the first half of EGF, it can be said that in the beginning of 2020, a year of greater recycling growth was anticipated in Portugal, but this evolution is being conditioned by the pandemic by COVID19.

ERSUC | Estarreja's Ecocenter JULY 27, 2020

After some improvements, as to make selective waste disposal more appealing, the Estarreja Ecocenter opens its doors to the population. The opening of the ecocenter is part of ERSUC's strategy of being closer to the population and, in collaboration with the municipalities, seeking to respond to their needs.

 

 

Estarreja's Ecocenter is integrated in the Estarreja Transfer Station and is available for all citizens to deposit various types of waste such as paper and cardboard, plastic, glass, bulky waste, metals, green waste and electrical and electronic equipment waste.

 

 

"This is a way to continue to spread environmental awareness among the entire population, giving them more opportunities and means for that to happen", says Miguel Ferreira, ERSUC's administrator.


Estarreja's Ecocenter is open from Monday to Saturday between 06:30am and 1:00pm and between 3:30pm and 10:00pm.

 

Sustainability Report 2019 JULY 22, 2020

Mota-Engil Group released its 2019 Sustainability Report, entitled "Multiple Views, The Same Direction".

 

In this edition you can read information about the Group's alignment with the UN Sustainable Development Goals; about Ethics, Partners and Business Integrity; the Group commitment to Sustainability and consult all environmental performance indicators that make the Group a brand of excellence worldwide.


The report, produced in accordance with the standards of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), is available for consultation only in Portuguese for now (English version's coming soon) and in video format in the player below. 

 

 

Biowaste National Strategy JULY 20, 2020

The Portuguese Secretary General for the Environment and Climate Action presented, on July 07th, the Strategic Guidelines for Biowaste.

 

The Ministry's guidelines point out selective collection and treatment solutions and predict the articulation of the several municipalities with Urban Waste Management Systems, with interested parties and with the citizens, as to return to the land what belongs to the land, in a circular economy aspect, fulfilling, at least, 5 of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals 20/30: #2 - Zero Hunger, #7 - Affordable and Clean Energy, #12 - Responsible Consumption and Production, #13 - Climate Action and #15 - Life on Land.

 

 

EGF advises interested parties to learn about the initiative through the plenary session VIDEO that was broadcasted live during the event.

ALGAR | Ecovalor Rewards JULY 17, 2020

660 tons of recyclable packaging is the number collected by Algar in schools of Algarve, through the “Separa e Ganha” contest. The initiative was promoted under the EGF Group project, Ecovalor, in which 117 schools participated, representing a total school population of 42,593 students.

 

The “Separa e Ganha” contest, consists of a competition between institutions of any level of education and size in the same municipality, which aims to increase the quantities of recyclable waste collected and raise the awareness of the school community about the correct use of recycling bins.

 

The contest ran from October 2019 until May 2020. During this period, the participating schools separated and deposited in the recycling containers: 230,574 kg of glass packaging, 246,315 kg of paper/cardboard packaging and 183,045 kg of plastic/metal packaging.

 

Algar will now award prizes to educational establishments that have achieved a minimum of 1 ton of plastic/metal and/or 1 ton of paper/cardboard and/or 1 ton of glass, during the academic year 2019/20.

 

Some schools also separated waste from electrical and electronic equipment, having collected a total of 6,863 kg, so they will receive an extra bonus.

 

Due to the enormous success of this 2nd edition of “Separa e Ganha” contest, the initiative will continue in the next school year. Algar has already started receiving applications from schools that have expressed an interest in anticipating the submission of their application, filling out the membership form to guarantee their place. If your school wishes to proceed in the same way, you can consult all the information available on the Algar website or, alternatively, use the following contacts: Linha Verde 800 203 251 | email: gci@algar.com.pt.

 

If you want to enroll your school and it is not part of Algar's concession area, you can contact the email - ecovalor@egf.pt - to check your eligibility for another location belonging to EGF.

VALORLIS | Underground Units JULY 16, 2020

Valorlis is reinforcing the placement of underground waste separation and recycling units in Marinha Grande, taking into account the good receptivity of the project co-financed by POSEUR - Operational Program for Sustainability and Efficiency in the Use of Resources, initiated in July 2019. The project contemplates the placement of 15 new units to separate recyclable waste in the locations of Forno da Telha, Gaeiras and Outeirinhos, in the municipality of Marinha Grande.

 

The Underground Waste Separation and Recycling Units project - Selective Proximity Collection - is a pilot project, which aims to bring waste containers closer to the population, providing means for separation in places where there are constrainments in placing containers and increasing the quantities of waste sent for recycling.

 

This project was extended in stages to several locations in the municipality of Marinha Grande, with a total of 684 smaller waste containers (228 underground waste separation and recycling units) being placed to separate recyclable waste by the population in the localities of: Amieira, Albergaria, Marinha Pequena, Pero Neto and Trout, Comeira, Guarda Nova, Ordem and Portela, Embra, Forno da Telha, Gaeiras and Outeirinhos.

 

 

Valorlis has been reinforcing its waste containers network, bringing recyclable containers closer to the population, in order to make the separation of this waste more comfortable. In some areas of Marinha Grande this reinforcement is being executed by replacing traditional waste containers for waste containers with less capacity but placed closer to each home and in greater numbers.

 

This change was monitored on the ground by Valorlis' teams that sensitized the residents and clarified all doubts regarding the separation of recyclable waste, helping them to deposit and separate correctly in recycling waste containers.

 

Marta Guerreiro, Executive Director of Valorlis, indicates that “the results of this project, regarding the quality and quantity of the waste collected, have been very satisfactory, which leads us to consider, for the next investment plan, the expansion of the project to other municipalities in the intervention area of Valorlis” .

ALGAR | Selective Collection JULY 09, 2020

Algar is reinforcing its selective collection activity, estimating the increase in waste production in the Algarve region during summer, motivated by tourists influx.

 

In order to respond effectively to the growth in production of deposited packaging in the recycling bins, the company is mobilizing human resources and equipment for the selective collection activity, namely:

  • Temporary workers recruitment for Selective Collection Activity reinforcement (drivers and assistants). This reinforcement it is intended to reach 63 teams;
  • 6 new vehicles that integrate the fleet park of recycling bins' selective collection, totaling 31 vehicles;
  • Reinforcement of recycling bins collection, resorting to external service providers;

In order for all of us to collaborate, Algar makes available the following means for separation and recyclable waste deposition:
 

  • 3800 recycling bins distributed across 16 Algarvian Municipalities;
  • 13 ecocenters for receiving large quantities of recyclable and/or larger packaging waste (three in Loulé, two in Albufeira, one in Alcoutim, Aljezur, Castro Marim, Lagos, Tavira and Vila do Bispo).
  • “Algarlinha” phone service (information 800 203 251), made up of teams and vehicles that ensure the free collection of recyclable packaging in the participating commercial establishments.

 

 

Algar works in partnership with the municipalities for a more sustainable Algarve.

 

This partnership's main goal is to improve the articulation between the entities of the region and Algar in the resolution of some operational constraints that arise, mainly, in periods of greater population concentration in the Algarve.
The following measures stand out:

  • Sensitize the population in compliance with good practices, namely, alert and prevent parking near the recycling bins, a situation that makes collection impossible;
  • Control and inspection of incorrect deposition of waste at the recycling bins.

In this way, it is possible to define common methodologies both in urban cleaning and waste collection, through concerted efforts, optimization of resources and integration of contributions.

 

Do you know what happens to your recyclables after they are deposited in the recycling bin?

 

The different materials, after being collected by Algar in the recycling bins, are sent to the Sorting Units (Loulé and Portimão), where they undergo a more detailed separation.

 

The flow of the yellow container (plastic and metal) is separated and baled in different types: PET, HDPE, Film, EPS (styrofoam), Mixed Plastics, ECAL (cardboard packaging for liquid foods), Ferrous and Non-Ferrous Metals.

 

The material collected in the blue container (paper and cardboard) is separated from contaminants such as grease-soiled papers and others, and then packaged.

As for the material coming from the green container (glass), its sorting is carried out in an independent line, where the plastic bags and other undifferentiated waste, incorrectly mixed with these packages, are removed and at the end the material it is sent for recycling.

Now that you know what happens to your recyclables, don't forget to separate everything, always and everywhere. Place recyclable waste inside the nearest recycling bins. Separating is fundamental, the environment says thank you!
AMARSUL | EcoPraias 2020 JULY 06, 2020

The EcoPraias campaign is back for another edition to "recycle by the sea" in the Setúbal Peninsula. Promoted by Amarsul, the campaign returns to encourage citizens who visit the beaches, as well as concessionaires who explore the beaches, to be more sustainable, adopting good practices for separating waste and enhancing the use of existing recycling equipment.

 

The increase in the population during the bathing season (in the months between June and September), on the beaches in the area covered by Amarsul, has a relevant impact on the production of waste and, therefore, an important responsibility in the fulfillment of national objectives in terms of promotion of the circular economy and territorial enhancement.

 

The “Amarsul Eco Praias” Campaign, in partnership with the Municipalities of Almada, Sesimbra and Setúbal, provides a network of recycling bins and awareness-raising actions that alert the population visiting the region, to maintain social distance and to recycle by the sea, routing their waste to the right containers and diverting it from the oceans and landfills. The environmental awareness campaign will be implemented on 37 beaches and, during the bathing season, services, equipments and bags will be made available.

 

 

Awareness-raising actions will be carried out at the entrance of each beach - respecting the rules of social distance - between the 4th of July and the 30th of August, from 10am to 12pm and from 3pm to 5pm (Saturdays and Sundays), distributed as it follows:

 

ALMADA - 32 BEACHES: Albatroz | Lorosae | Leblon | Bicho d’Agua | Sunset | Kontiki | Pé Nu Golfinho | Praia do CDS / Dr. Bernard | Tarquínio Beach - Paraíso | Red Dragon Beach | Praia Nova / Espaço 20 | Mata | Grain of Sand + Riviera | Casa do Sol + Rainha | Castle (Manduca + Yamba) | Fisherman's Hut (Delmare + Half Meter) | Princess | Rei (Hula Hula) | Morena (Borda d’Agua) | Mermaid (Waikiki) | Infante (Turtle) | Bela Vista (Casa da Praia) | Terminus | American (Move On) | Aroeira (Beach Bar) | Beach hut | Ramp | Kailua | Oh, Ti João - 1 | Areias da Telha | Bamboo

 

SESIMBRA - 2 BEACHES: California | Gold


SETÚBAL - 3 BEACHES: Albarquel | Figueirinha | Creiro


With this project, Amarsul intends to continue to increase the amount of packaging sent for recycling, as well as the offer of selective collection points on the beaches, leveraging the civic act of separating packaging waste by the general population and thus reinforcing the adoption of more sustainable practices, under the motto “let's recycle by the sea!”.

 

ISWA celebrates 50 years JULY 05, 2020

ISWA - International Solid Waste Association celebrates its 50th anniversary this year!

 

ISWA is an international association, of which EGF - Environment Global Facilities is a member, which aims to develop waste management in a sustainable manner worldwide, promoting resource efficiency through sustainable production and consumption and supporting emerging and under development economies.

 

This year a special annual report was published outlining the association's past most important events and envisioning future developments in the waste management and treatment sector.

 

Ana Loureiro, Communication Director of EGF, left a testimonial that can be consulted HERE.

VALORSUL | Ecovalor Rewards JULY 02, 2020

This year, Valorsul offered schools and institutions € 45,000 in prizes under the Ecovalor Program!


Separa e Ganha no Azul e Amarelo” was the challenge launched to schools and institutions. During the year, Valorsul asked that they separated the plastic and metal packaging and the paper and cardboard packaging. This project allowed the school community to gain recycling habits and, at the same time, to be awarded by their efforts by Valorsul.

 

The 2019/2020 edition, which has now ended, mobilized 295 schools from kindergarten to secondary education and 26 social institutions. This was the most participated edition ever, covering 86,000 participants, who turned out to be recycling enthusiasts.

 

Overall, 780 tons of recyclable material were collected, although this edition lasted two months less than usual, due to the early closure of schools and other participating establishments. This performance is noteworthy. Everyone involved deserves to be recognized, from students, assistants, teachers, technicians, users to collection operators. Everyone is to be congratulated!

 

For their excellent performance, 450 cash prizes were awarded to schools and institutions, reaching € 45,000. With these awards, some schools have the possibility now to purchase new equipment and resources, for example, for gymnastics, for the playground, library, classroom, etc.

 

The materials collected by the students go for recycling. With part of the collected plastic it will be possible, for example, to produce 226 thousand new t-shirts. And aluminum will be enough to make, for instance, 808 bicycles.

 

These contests are part of Valorsul's environmental education offer - the Ecovalor Program - which also include visits, informative materials on recycling and awareness actions on the waste cycle, which reached more than 9,700 students.

 

AMARSUL | Growth of 36% JULY 01, 2020

Amarsul, EGF's concessionaire in 9 municipalities of Setúbal's Peninsula, showed a 36% growth in the forwarding of waste for recycling in the first half of 2020. Even in a pandemic period, Amarsul guaranteed the minimum services of its activity, having fulfilled its waste recovery mission in the municipalities of Alcochete, Almada, Barreiro, Moita, Montijo, Palmela, Seixal, Sesimbra and Setúbal.

 

The Strategic Plan for Urban Waste (PERSU 2020) establishes national goals for the selective collection of waste, being the one of Amarsul's of 45kg/inhabitant/year. This is the amount of waste that each citizen must separate and send to the correct container, whether it is plastic/metal, paper/cardboard or glass packaging. These are challenging goals, but by May 2020, Amarsul had already collected recyclable waste equivalent to 52kg/inhabitant/year.

  

This significant increase in Selective Collection in all Municipalities in the area covered by Amarsul, is the result of the investment that Amarsul has developed in the selective multi-material collection of packaging waste in recent years in vehicles, recycling bins, containers and in environmental awareness campaigns, bringing equipment closer to the population, to encourage recycling in the region.

 

Serving more than 780 thousand inhabitants, Amarsul contributed positively to the recovery of waste, with an increase of 4 thousand tons of recyclable waste collected: 47% of plastic and metal, 43% of paper and cardboard and 17% of glass. The increase in selective collection was transversal to all municipalities, having shown better results in the collection of plastic and metal packaging, as well as paper and cardboard packaging.

 

These numbers reveal a greater environmental awareness for the importance of recycling within the family household, but also in the workplace, which is manifested in the correct deposition of waste and use of recycling bins. This waste will then be sorted and forwarded for recycling, gaining a new life cycle.

 

With the return to normality, Amarsul's teams continue to develop container cleaning and sanitation actions using an appropriate disinfectant product and have seen their training in hygiene and safety at work reinforced.

 

Amarsul finished 2019 with an annual capitation of 39 kg of packaging waste separated per inhabitant and with twice the collection points for recyclable waste. In 2020, with the reinforcement of the coverage of collection points made, and even in a pandemic period, the company expects to continue to grow in all municipalities in the region.

Mota-Engil celebrates 74 years JUNE 29, 2020

Today, Mota-Engil Group is celebrating its 74th anniversary and a history full of successes!

 

 

Founded in 1946, Mota-Engil Group is a multi-purpose organization, running in several operational areas, from construction and infrastructure management to waste treatment, transport concession and mining.

 

 

With areas of expertise in such different segments, the company today marks its continuous growth with an integrating vision of innovation, ambition and group spirit.

 

Mota-Engil is the majority shareholder of EGF, which, in turn, is part of its intervention strategy in the Environmental area through the collection and treatment of waste.

 

Happy Anniversary Mota-Engil!

 

EGF | APEMETA Webinar JUNE 25, 2020

EGF participated in the "Waste 2 Business" webinar cycle promoted by APEMETA - Portuguese Association of Environmental Technology Companies.

 

 

The company was represented by Filipa Pantaleão, Technical Director of EGF, who, together with other speakers, discussed the topic “Perspectives on Bio-Waste and Equipments”.

 

 

The online seminar started at 9:30 am, ending at 12:30 pm, and included interventions from companies such as LIPOR, RESITEJO, ARQUICONSULT, Cascais Ambiente and Universidade do Minho.

 

 

VALORLIS | Vehicle Weighing JUNE 23, 2020

Valorlis, EGF's concessionaire for the Leiria region, is implementing a new vehicle weighing system using RFID technology - radio frequency identification - in all weighbridge scales of the headquarters. The possibility of adopting self-services in the remaining scales at the company's transfer stations is being analysed. 

 

The vehicles are weighed in self-service on Valorlis' weighbridge scales using an identification card that originates an advanced management of data and impressions.

 

This weighing system, in addition to allowing faster and more reliable data, also makes it possible to reduce the environmental impact associated with vehicle weighing, since the paper weighing slip is replaced by a small ticket.

 

Marta Guerreiro, Chief Executive Officer of Valorlis points out that: "This measure is part of Valorlis' commitment to continuous improvement of internal processes and will allow savings in terms of fuel and paper consumption, contributing to greater sustainability, along with others measures implemented such as replacing regular lighting with LED lighting and optimizing selective collection circuits".

 

ALGAR | APCE Webinar JUNE 17, 2020

Algar is participating today, at 3 pm, in the webinar "Excellence in External Communication", organized by APCE - Portuguese Association for Corporate Communication, together with other winners of the 2020 APCE's Grand Prix in the area of External Communication Campaigns.

 

 

The External Communication category elected winners for the Industry sector (Primary and Secondary) and for the Services sector (Tertiary). Algar won in the Services sector with the campaign: "In the Algarve be Algarvio: separate!".

 

 

 

Recall here the victory of Algarve's concessionaire:

 

 

In this online seminar, Maria João Carolino (Communications Manager at Algar) is joined by Frederico Roberto (Executive Creative Director of the Interweave Agency) and Teresa Alvarez (Head of Communication and Sustainability Division at SIMAS Oeiras and Amadora). The conversation will be moderated by Paula Portugal Mendes (Director General of APCE).

 

The webinar can be watched on the ZOOM platform or on Facebook  

 

 

ALGAR | New Vehicles JUNE 15, 2020

Algar acquired 6 new vehicles for selective collection of plastic/metal and paper/cardboard packaging waste, in an investment of one million euros.

 

 

The vehicles have a back entry for collection, which allows for easy access and deposition of materials that are collected in the areas surrounding the ecopoints.

 

 

These equipments have a set of characteristics that substantially upgraded the daily working conditions of drivers, in terms of comfort and safety. For:

 

 

Improved driver's safety

  • The vehicle has low flooring to access the cab (two steps), which facilitates the entry and exit of the driver, significantly reducing the effort spent on an intense work day;
  • All handling of the crane that collects the ecopoint is carried out from the ground, so the driver does not need to ascend to upper platforms, reducing the risk of work accidents, namely, falls and sprains in the lower and upper limbs;
  • The full air suspension, with a lifting and lowering function on all axles, is also beneficial for the driver's spine and joints.

More road traffic safety

  • The driver's seat positioned at low height, the panoramic windshield, the hinged door, on the auxiliary side, made entirely of glass, and the mirror system, allow for the observation of the entire area surrounding the vehicle;
  • The hinged door to the inside of the vehicle does not require any additional exterior space and protects crew members as well as road users.

These vehicles also allow for more battery savings and low environmental impact. The combination of a powerful and particularly quiet engine, with the comfortable 6-speed automatic Allison gearbox (FuelSense® technology), provides the right performance in any driving and working situation, even at low speed, and creates the best conditions for driving quietly and confidently.

 

The Selective Collection activity thus has a fleet of 31 vehicles that ensure the collection of approximately 3,800 ecopoints distributed across the 16 municipalities in the region.

EGF | World Oceans Day JUNE 08, 2020

Today we celebrate World Oceans Day, originated in the UN Conference for the Environment and Development, held in Rio de Janeiro in 1992.

 

 

 

To mark this day, the CCOceanos - Ocean Communication Center organized a series of lectures under the seal "CCOceanos: Decade of the Ocean" bringing together Portuguese-speaking speakers who will address updated information and knowledge related to the UN initiative: The Decade of Oceanic Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030).

 

 

 

The lectures will be broadcasted from the National Museum of Natural History and Science of Lisbon and can be watched via LiveStream HERE at 6 PM.

 

Recycle BinGo 2 is here! JUNE 05, 2020

This year's World Environment Day is guaranteed to be lots of fun with the return of your favorite game.

Recycle BinGo 2 is here!

After the environment's friendliest game first version success, here comes version 2.0, improved and with more features.


In this new version, you will be able to learn in the Ecopédia, an ecological encyclopedia that will teach you everything about recycling; meet the Recycle BinGo family, full of new pets that will become your friends, play mini-games to entertain yourself and marvel at the app augmented reality features.

 

Recycle BinGo works like a game, which makes the recycling experience much more fun and rewarding! The main mission is to visit our usual recycling bin. Through geolocation our smartphone knows that we are close to it.

 

When checking in, we unlock a set of friendly pets, the EcoGifts, with which we fill out our BinGo cards. Every time we complete a card we earn EcoMoedas - which we can exchange for fantastic prizes, like movie tickets, discount vouchers, and more.

                                                                             

What is it?

        

Recycle BinGo is a mobile app from EGF, that had its first version financed by the Environmental Fund of the Ministry of the Environment, whose objective is to entertain and educate Portuguese families around the theme of Recycling, offering prizes to those who recycle the most.

 

Recycle BinGo 2 is accessible in all EGF Group concession areas and is available on the AppStore and GooglePlay.

 

     

You will not want to miss this adventure.

 

We count on you, jump to BinGo and help us spread the recycling bug!

 

Know everything about this super sustainable game on Recycle BinGo and on Facebook.

 

ALGAR | Waste Webinar JUNE 03, 2020

Algar will participate in the Webinar "Waste Management in times of COVID-19", June 5th, to celebrate the International Environment Day. The company will be represented by Engineer Miguel Nunes, responsible for the technical, research and development areas of the concessionaire.

 

The event will take place from 2:30 pm to 4:00 pm and includes the following participations: Paulo Costa from Fagar, Renata Fleck from Sciaena and Carla Martins from LinkedGreen.

 

Sciaena, a Portuguese marine conservation NGO, together with Linked.Green promote this event within the scope of the United Nations #SDG14, concerning the protection of our oceans and, more specifically, the sub-objective 14.1: By 2025, prevent and significantly reduce marine pollution of all kinds, especially from land-based activities, including marine debris and nutrient pollution. It aims to share information, scientific knowledge and solutions on the problem of plastic pollution.

 

The complete program of the event can be consulted HERE.

Participation is free, but prior registration is required via email - sciaena@sciaena.org to receive the access link the day before the event.

 

VALORLIS | Book Release JUNE 03, 2020

Valorlis, EGF's concessionaire for the Leiria region, will mark International Environment Day with the presentation, in its social media networks, of the book "Eu Conto com a Reciclagem”, recently published.

 

The book brings together the winning narratives of the short story contest “Conta Reciclar” inspired by the theme of Recycling, which involved students and teachers from the 1st cycle to secondary education and also adult population.

 

The book illustrations were developed by the regional illustrators: Ana Barateiro, Leonel Brites, Rui Lobo, Rui Pedro Lourenço and Tânia Bailão Lopes, who illustrated the first three tales classified from each ranking.

 

On June 5th, the winning stories will be acted online by artists from the region. Márcia Vieira, Nídia Nair, Paulo Costa, Tânia Bailão Lopes and Vânia Silva promise a very lively day for all who follow Valorlis on social media.

 

Marta Lóia Guerreiro, Delegated Administrator of Valorlis, points out that “to mark the success of this initiative, and so that the winning stories can teach the message of recycling to other children, young people and adults, we have recently advanced with the publication of the stories in book form and decided to make its presentation online on World Environment Day.” She also adds that "everyone is invited to access Valorlis' Facebook page on June 5th and to follow the program we have prepared for the population".

 

EGF | National Energy Day MAY 29, 2020

Today, the National Energy Day, is celebrated in Portugal. The commemoration of this date aims to alert the population to the need to develop sustainable energy efficiency strategies.


According to the National Action Plan for Energy Efficiency (PNAEE): "Member States of the European Union have committed by 2020 to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 20%, to increase the proportion of renewable energy sources in the European Union (EU) energy mix by an equal percentage and to reach the 20% target set for energy efficiency".


To contribute to these goals, in 2019, EGF exported 501 GWh of energy from domestic waste, 63% from energy recovery, 29% from landfill biogas and 8% from organic recovery units, which corresponds to an export that exceeds 2018's values in more than 4.8%.

 

Together we are able to preserve natural resources and enhance the environment, do your part and adopt renewable energy measures!

RESIESTRELA | Digital Campaign MAY 22, 2020

As part of its communication strategy, Resiestrela, EGF's concessionaire in the Cova da Beira region, launched a digital awareness campaign that focuses on the social networks Instagram and Facebook.


Until the 27th of June, in order to reinforce the role of citizens in recycling, and to alert to the importance of correct management of household waste, several weekly challenges, tips, facts, curiosities and games will be launched in the company's networks.

 

At a time when the world is struggling with the COVID-19's pandemic, it is essential to promote a change in mentalities in favor of the environment and to continue strengthening the importance of each citizen's role in recycling.

 

Together with several entities, Resiestrela intends to reward the most environmentally responsible citizens by offering ecobags, regional products, electronic equipment and even a weekend in an accommodation close to nature.

Join this initiative!

Algar celebrates 25 years MAY 20, 2020

Algar is celebrating 25 years. A quarter of a century full of positive results that place the Algarve above the national average when it comes to the treatment and recovery of its waste. This success is dude to those who work daily at Algar but it is also of its partners. This joint effort makes the difference, and that is what we celebrate and emphasize on this 25th anniversary.

 

It is Algar's anniversary, but all the Algarvians are to be congratulated: the families; the municipalities; the commerce and, of course, Algar workers. They are to be congratulated because, together with Algar, they helped to make the Algarve one of the regions with the best results in recycling and waste management.

 

For this reason, Algar decided to promote an online campaign with the theme "Algar: 25 years transforming the Algarve", with the aim of transmitting the importance of the company's work in transforming the Algarve since 1995 and the importance of the Algarve in that same transformation. Thus, the campaign congratulates:

 

The Algarvian Families

Thank you for contributing and turning packaging into pride.
Algar celebrates 25 years and 507 million kg of recycled packaging.

 

The Algarvian Municipalities

Thank you for working with Algar to transform waste into quality of life.
Algar celebrates 25 years and 8.8 billions kg of treated waste.

 

The Algarvian Commerce

Thank you for collaborating and transforming waste into added value.
Algar celebrates 25 years and 73 million kg of separate packaging for recycling.

 

Algar's Workers

Thank you for, even in adverse situations, maintaining the responsibility of providing a public service, treating and valuing waste, to transform it into products: MATERIALS FOR RECYCLING, ORGANIC COMPOUND AND ELECTRIC ENERGY.

 

In these 25 years, the company has taken great responsibility in improving the environmental conditions of the Algarve region in the field of urban waste.

 

The company closed the 22 existing dumping grounds in the region, started its selective collection, recovery and treatment of urban waste activities, boosted job creation (direct and indirect), boosted the local economy, managed to establish bonds of trust and collaboration with the population and consolidated a new paradigm in the operational management of this activity, with evident benefits for the resident population and for tourism in particular, realizing the great objective based on the improvement of the environmental conditions of the largest national tourist region.

 


Some production indicators of the last 25 years of activity
:

  • 8.8 million tons of treated waste;
  • 507 thousand tons of recovered packaging waste;
  • 140 thousand MWh of Energy Produced (through use of the biogas generated in the two landfills), corresponding to the electricity supply of about 28,000 houses, considering the consumption of an average family of 4 people - 5,000 kwh / year;
  • 45 thousand tons of “NUTRIVERDE®” compost from the composting process of green waste resulting from the cutting of trees and the maintenance of golf courses and gardens.

Algar has more than 3,500 ecopoints strategically distributed throughout the Algarve region for the voluntary disposal of urban recyclable waste and, also, a fleet of 64 operational vehicles used for selective collection, waste transfer and other support services the population.

For the development of its activity, Algar currently has 428 employees who ensure the operation of the facilities and the treatment and annual recovery of 400 thousand tons of waste received at its facilities.

 

Waste management in the Algarve, before ALGAR, until 1995:

  • The residues were deposited in an anarchic way in 22 dumping grounds, in open land scattered throughout the region, without any control or protection measures for the Environment;
  • Leaching waters, from the decomposition of the waste, flowed freely through the land untreated, contaminating the groundwater, the water wells as well as the agricultural soils. Dumps, as a rule, were always self-combusting, with fumes and toxins emanating, causing serious environmental problems and high risks to public health, causing numerous diseases to the population;
  • Methane and hydrogen sulphide gas, resulting from the decomposition of waste, were released into the atmosphere polluting the air, increasing the greenhouse effect and causing bad smells and risks to public health, including serious respiratory diseases;
  • Urban waste was neither recycled nor recovered;
  • Hazardous waste was deposited in dumping grounds without control.

 

Waste management in the Algarve, after ALGAR:

  • ALGAR, for two years, closed, rehabilitated and environmentally upgraded all 22 open dumps in the region;
  • Streamlined and implemented the Multimunicipal System for the Valorization and Treatment of Urban Solid Waste, integrating the entire geographical universe of the 16 Municipalities of the Algarve;
  • For the development of its activity, ALGAR defined a Technical and Economic Model for the proper management of urban waste in the Algarve, building the necessary infrastructures for Selective Collection, Sorting recyclable packaging, Multimaterial recovery (eg, electrical and electronic equipment , tires, among others), the transfer infrastructures and environmentally friendly facilities for the Treatment, Energy and Organic Valorisation, Composting of greens and the proper final destination of urban waste, namely:

Support facilities and infrastructures:

  • 2 Packaging Waste Sorting Centers;
  • 8 Waste Transfer Stations;
  • 13 Ecocenters;
  • 2 Sanitary Landfills;
  • 2 Leaching Water Treatment Plants;
  • 3 Electroproducer Centers of Electric Energy;
  • 3 Green Composting Units;
  • 1 Organic Recovery Center;
  • 1 Mechanical Treatment Center,
  • 1 Environmental Education Center and Environmental Education Vehicle.


Throughout this quarter of a century, the company has promoted and implemented more environmentally sustainable solutions within the responsibility that it holds in its activity of collection, recovery and treatment of urban waste produced in the Algarve. With regard to waste of a different nature, these are subject to different recovery and treatment, according to their characteristics.


ALGAR will continue to invest in the realization of new solutions that incorporate social and environmental gains, contributing in a sustainable way to the value chain under its responsibility. We will seek to continue to be a socially active company and committed to improving the quality of life of citizens.

 

Ecovalor is online! MAY 14, 2020

With the suspension of school attendance activities due to a pandemic by Covid-19, EGF released the Ecovalor Online Program, as a substitute for school attendance initiatives. In order to provide more support to teachers and educators, the program means to promote environmental awareness campaigns by videoconference dedicated to the theme of urban waste, recycling and the impacts of waste management in our lives.


Assembled by monitors of environmental education, Ecovalor awareness campaigns are adapted to various levels of primary, middle and secondary education, targeting the entire school community. This program also presumes participation in the already chosen digital platforms of each school or institution.


The Ecovalor Program aims to promote good environmental practices in learning facilities and institutions throughout the country, rewarding those that show the best performance in the recycling of their used packaging. In 2019, this program reached more than 392.000 students, which sent 2.535 tons of packaging for recycling.


To participate in Ecovalor, you only need to contact the EGF concessionaire responsible for waste management in your area of residence or send an email to: ecovalor@egf.pt.

Algar | Separar para Alimentar MAY 11, 2020

Algar, the company responsible for Algarve's urban waste recovery and treatment, represented by the Executive Administrator Engineer José Barreto, delivered 263 kg of dairy flours, in a value higher than 1000€, to the Food Bank Against Hunger of Algarve (BACF), represented by Nuno Alves, President of the institution of social solidarity in the region.

 

This gesture is the result of a partnership between Algar and ENTRAJUDA (Algarve), through the “Separar para Alimentar (Separate to Feed)” campaign. The initiative, which in 2019 celebrated 6 years of existence, was created with the purpose of raising awareness among the population for the importance of recycling and, at the same time, to assist the families that are supported daily by BACF - Algarve, through the delivery of nutritional food for children until 3 years old.

 

This type of food, motivated by its specificity and higher acquisition values, is less frequent among the donations usually received by the institution.

 

In 2019, families that generally receive the support of the BACF, delivered their plastic, metal and empty ECAL packaging (carton packaging for liquid food) to BACF-Algarve to be recycled. In return, they will be the ones receiving this kind of assistance.


Campaign's retrospective

This campaign, which lasted from 2013 to 2019, guaranteed the recycling of 49,240 kg of packaging waste and allowed the delivery of 6,000€ in food items. It ended in 2019 giving rise to a new cause: "Toneladas de Ajuda (Tons of Help)", an EGF Group campaign that is currently taking place and that BACF - Algarve has also made a point of embracing.


This campaign aims to value all recyclable waste that the registered institutions want to deliver to the Algar, namely plastic, metal, paper, cardboard and glass packaging, in exchange for a financial contribution.


All of those who wish to collaborate with "Toneladas de Ajuda", in favor of BACF-Algarve, will be able to deliver, separately, the packaging listed above, at Algar's facilities, which are distributed throughout the Algarve region (www.algar.com.pt). When doing so, you must inform the institution that you are supporting. 

ALGAR | Grand Prix APCE MAY 08, 2020

Algar, EGF's concessionaire in the Algarve region, was one of the winners of the APCE's 2020 Grand Prix.


The Grand Prix of the Portuguese Association for Corporate Communications (APCE) aims to award annually the best works of the Communication area in Portugal, through an independent jury.


EGF was a finalist in two categories: External Campaign - Tertiary Sector Services, with Algar's campaign, "In the Algarve be an Algarvio: separate!" and in the Internal Event category up to 500 Employees, with the event of the EGF Group, "Desafios do Triénio". We won in the External Campaign category with Algar.


Due to the pandemic, the event took place in live format via Facebook and can be watched HERE. See below the moment when ALGAR was announced the winner of its category.

 

ERSUC | Selective Collection MAY 07, 2020

ERSUC started, in a phased manner, the return of its selective collection door-to-door service to commerce and services, which was temporarily suspended due to the pandemic.

 

With the resumption of this service, ERSUC aims to give better return to traders who resume their activity, seeking to be an ally in this time of constant adaptation. Striving more and more to provide a professional service, all teams reinforced their training in hygiene and safety and in good customer relations practices.

 

This return is also symbolized by a new uniform, specific to the activity, which will also be a differentiating element.

 

Simultaneously, ERSUC continues its plan to clean the ecopoints, in all its 36 municipalities, an essential operation to combat the spread of the coronavirus.

 

Recycling grows in EGF APRIL 27, 2020

EGF, a company of the MOTA-ENGIL/URBASER group, responsible for the treatment and recovery of urban waste in 174 municipalities in Portugal, registered an increase in selective collection of 13% in 2019 compared to 2018, above the national average of 10%.

 

The excellent performance of Amarsul, Ersuc, Suldouro, Resinorte and Valorlis stands out, with growth rates above 16% compared to the same period last year. It should also be noted, due to the positive performance, that almost all EGF companies grew more than 10%.

 

These extraordinary growths are the result of a high investment program carried out, integrated in an application co-financed by the Operational Program for Sustainability and Efficiency in the Use of Resources (POSEUR), and to the priority given to the activity of selective collection of packaging waste, remodeling and modernization of infrastructure and awareness campaigns with the population, which translated into an effective and growing participation of citizens in the habits of recycling.

EGF | Ecopoints APRIL 23, 2020

EGF launched a new area on its website that allows citizens to find out, through geolocation, where the selective sorting containers (ecopoints), of the areas concessioned by EGF, are located.


If your usual ecopoint is full, or if you are in a place you are unfamiliar with, you no longer have an excuse for not putting waste in the nearest ecopoint and thus continuing to recycle.

 

"Recycling Bins EGF" comes to fill a need of the population to know the location of the ecopoints, through precise and updated coordinates.


Help us to keep Portugal clean, respect waste collection and management workers and never leave trash on the floor!

 

ALGAR | Certifications APRIL 21, 2020

Algar, EGF's concessionaire in the Algarve region, renewed its certification in Health and Safety Management Systems, having also met all the conditions to be granted the maintenance of the integrated certifications in Environmental and Quality Management Systems, thus contributing to the sustainable development of the Algarve region.

 

The maintenance of the certification recognizes that the management of the multi-municipal system for selective collection, waste transfer, sorting and treatment of solid waste from Algar, is carried out with respect for high quality standards of the services provided, especially when talking about treatment around 400,000 tons of municipal waste per year.

 

According to the President of the Executive Committee of Algar, Telma Robim, "the company was audited between December 16th and 19th of 2019, having been considered by the certifying entity, APCER, that the necessary conditions were met and implemented in all administrative, support and operational units, namely: Selective Collection activity; 2 Sanitary Landfills; 8 Transfer Stations; 13 Ecocenters; 2 Sorting Stations; 3 Biogas Energy Recovery Units; 3 Green Waste Composting Units; 3 Leachate Treatment Units and 1 Organic Recovery Center. All the company's facilities and activities remain certified, leaving us very satisfied".

 

Among the numerous internal and external advantages inherent to Algar's Integrated Management Systems, the following stand out: the adoption of pollution prevention principles, as well as the strengthening of training and the satisfaction of employees, customers, stakeholders and society, in general. In terms of Safety, Algar prevents the risk of accidents, work diseases and guarantees a safe and healthy work environment in all sectors of the company.

EGF| International Cooperation APRIL 15, 2020

EGF, in cooperation with ISWA - International Solid Waste Association, launched a set of guidelines on "Crisis Communication" in times of pandemic, for the waste management sector.


In the video produced, Ana Loureiro, Communication Director of EGF, mentions the importance of responsible communication, adapted to the context of each country; illustrates the Portuguese example with the rules that have been issued by official bodies; showcases EGF's initiatives, with the genesis of an online project composed by pedagogical material and standard answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs) and urges the citizens to follow the waste rules as to avoid contagion and protect themselves and waste management workers.


ISWA - International Solid Waste Association is a non-governmental association whose mission is to promote and develop professional waste management worldwide as a contribution to sustainable development. The organization has an area on its website dedicated to COVID-19 that demonstrates how waste treatment is carried out during the pandemic around the world.

 

 

The video is also being showcased in Brazil, through ABRELPE - Associação Brasileira de Empresas de Limpeza Pública e Resíduos Especiais - an organization whose mission is to promote the technical-operational development of solid waste management in Brazil.

 

 

In cooperation, through informative videos in several languages, we are able to spread the message more easily and inform more people from different countries. We are stronger together against the pandemic!

RESINORTE | Online Seminar APRIL 16, 2020

The Executive Director of Resinorte, Javier SanJosé Sancho, participated in the first International Seminar on Integrating Environmental Issues in the Recovery Policies after COVID-19.

 

His collaboration took place today, at 6 pm Portugal, with the theme "Waste Management Challenges during the COVID-19 Pandemic". The conference was broadcasted via ZOOM platform.

 

The seminar, 100% on-line, with Spanish speakers from different countries, has been running since yesterday and will finish at the end of the month. All interventions are moderated by Tania García López, Phd in Environmental Law by the University of Alcalá de Henares in Spain.

Bulky Waste: Not Now APRIL 14, 2020

EGF has available new pedagogical material, on the treatment of waste in pandemic times, for sharing and awareness, in their COVID-19's website tab.

It is important to thank those who deal with our waste on a daily basis. To this end, in addition to a campaign to raise awareness among the population, to follow the rules and stay at home to protect themselves and waste collection workers; posters, leaflets and social media posts were made available thus facilitating the transmission of simple rules to have with the waste we produce every day during the pandemic.

In order to support all professionals of EGF, and of the municipalities, it is important not to neglect the 5 rules of waste treatment. Namely, to remember that the placement of bulky waste for collection is not a priority during the pandemic. Even if you are cleaning and tidying your home, you must wait for the end of this phase and only place these materials (mattresses, sofas and other materials that do not fit in the containers) when the service is available once again.

EGF | Portugal em Direto APRIL 09, 2020

Yesterday, EGF was featured in the program "Portugal em Direto" of RTP1 broadcast channel, presented by Dina Aguiar.
 

 

Ana Loureiro, Communication's Director at EGF, answered the most frequently asked questions from citizens related to recycling, collection and treatment of waste during COVID-19's pandemic and clarified any lingering doubts about waste management during this pandemic phase.
     

 

The company's participation in the program also extended to its concessionaires. Marta Alçada, Communications' Manager at Resiestrela, was interviewed in the recorded report presented during the program, about the increase in household waste caused by the confinement of families during the pandemic in Cova da Beira, with Resiestrela accounting for 20% more recyclable waste than in the past homologous period.
         

During the group's participation in the program, the importance of people staying at home was also emphasized as to safeguard the safety of workers in the collection and treatment of waste.

 

 

 

 

SINERGIA IS ONLINE APRIL 08, 2020

Mota-Engil launched the latest issue of SINERGIA magazine. The periodical publication aims to demonstrate what is best done in the Mota-Engil Group around the world, through the sharing of news from the various companies that make up the group on various continents.


This edition, the 56th, has sustainability as a prominent theme and focuses on the priorities that the Group defined for the 2018-2020 three-year period that involve investing in the community, in safety, environment, ethics and compliance, as well as in diversity and inclusion. At EGF, we highlight the significant results of recycling and selective collection in 2019; Valorsul's 25th anniversary; the success of environmental education projects such as Ecovalor and EcoPraias; new infrastructures; constant synergies between EGF and its concessionaires and the growing intra-group articulation.


This edition will be distributed only in digital format and can be read HERE.

COVID-19 AND URBAN WASTE APRIL 03, 2020

EGF has just made available, through their digital platform www.egf.pt/en/, clear information on the new cares to be taken with urban waste and disposal of domestic waste in the fight against the spread of COVID-19's pandemic, by also gathering answers to frequently asked questions and providing teaching materials meant to be used by all people and organizations.

 

In this page, which gives clear and simple indications based on the guidelines of the Portuguese Environment Agency and the Directorate-General for Health, posters and leaflets in several languages, press releases and short films with useful information were made available; it is also possible to clarify questions about recycling or better understand how to protect yourself and the people around you to avoid contagion.


You can also access the digital campaign “we are working for you, stay at home for us”, launched last month, which raises awareness, sensitizes and advises the population to stay at home, with the aim of preventing and mitigating the spread of the virus, therefore protecting thyselves and the waste collection and treatment workers who work daily without stopping.


This online initiative can be followed on social media - Facebook, Linkedin and Instagram - using the hashtag #PREVENIRCOVID19.

COVID-19 | Waste Rules MARCH 27, 2020

In view of the evolution of COVID-19 infection in Portugal, EGF warns the population of five essential waste rules to have with household waste and that needs special attention during a pandemic phase.

 

 

To avoid contamination of more people, it is important to correct mistakes that have been occurring with some frequency in the public space, namely the deposition of waste outside the container or the placement of masks and gloves in ecopoints. It is urgent to correct these behaviors, for the protection of workers and the community, as defined in the following Waste Rules.

 

 

This alarm stems from the urgent need to improve individual behaviors that influence the service for the collection and treatment of urban waste, ensured every day by companies and municipalities.

 


5 WASTE RULES

 

  1. Masks, gloves and tissues are not recyclable, they must ALWAYS be disposed in the regular waste containers

    These materials are appearing, in large quantities, in ecopoints, ending up in the sorting lines. In addition to not being recyclable, they can be contaminated.

     

  2. Contaminated waste is not recyclable, it must ALWAYS be disposed in regular waste containers

    This rule applies to all people infected with COVID-19 or whom are quarantined for the same suspicion. Anyone in these conditions should have their garbage placed in two bags, one inside the other, tightly closed. These bags must not be full or compacted - they just have to be tightly closed and deposited inside the regular waste container.

     

  3. NEVER leave garbage bags on the floor, put them in the container

    If the container is full, it should be used when it is available or you should make use the nearest container. If the usual collection is made with bags, the instructions of the municipality or parish must be followed.

  4. Do not leave off bulky waste for collection in a pandemic phase
    In a pandemic phase, this service is not a priority, companies and municipalities are making a considerable effort to maintain the essential public service for the population. Even if you are tidying at home, you should wait for the end of this phase and only place these materials (mattresses, sofas and other materials that do not fit in the containers) when the service is available.

  5. Stay at home and maintain hygiene
    Stay at home, keep the bins/trash areas clean, always protect your hands and wash them after these operations for at least 20 seconds. With these attitudes, it is possible to prevent infection and, even, protecting the workers who provide waste collection and treatment service every day.

 

Every day, workers in the waste collection and treatment sector continue to contribute to the cleaning of our streets, through selective collection, and ensuring the treatment of our waste. The best way to thank them is to share and comply with these rules and to be understanding of the collection adaptations that your municipality and EGF concessionaires may have to make.

EGF | #PREVENTCOVID19 MARCH 23, 2020

EGF has launched a social media campaign that sensitizes the population to stay home with the aim of preventing the spread of COVID-19's pandemic. The campaign shows workers of EGF's concessionaires with posters warning the population to stay home, to protect themselves and the selective collection workers.

 

With the motto “we are working for you, stay at home for us”, this campaign, promoted on the social networks of all EGF concessionaires, aims to remind the citizen of the rules of the General Health Directorate (DGS) that warn for prevention and social withdrawal during this pandemic.

  

The campaign takes place on Facebook, Linkedin and Instagram and can be viewed on social media using the hashtag #PREVENIRCOVID19.

 

Last week, EGF issued a statement regarding the precautions to be taken for the disposal of waste from a person infected with COVID-19. All infected waste must be placed in the regular waste container and sealed properly in two bags. Masks, gloves and tissues should also be placed in the regular waste container.

COVID-19 | WASTE MANAGEMENT MARCH 18, 2020

The General Directorate of Health (DGS) and the Ministry of Environment and Climate Action have defined new precautions for the deposition of residues to prevent contamination by COVID-19.

 

During the fight against the pandemic, EGF asks the population to comply with the new rules on handling domestic waste:

 

  1. If you have people in your family who are infected (or with this suspicion) remember that their waste can also be infected. In that case, you should:

    - Put the waste in resistant and disposable garbage bags, with filling up to 2/3 (two thirds) of its capacity - do not completely fill the bags;

    - The properly closed bags must be placed in a second bag, properly closed, and this must be deposited in the common waste container (undifferentiated waste);

    - The bags must always be placed inside the container - do not leave the bag on the floor. If it is full, put it in the nearest container or use it when it is available.

  2. In addition, masks, gloves and handkerchiefs should always be placed in the general waste container.
      

Every day workers in the waste collection and treatment sector continue to contribute to the cleaning of our streets, through selective collection, and to ensure the treatment of our waste. The best way to thank them is to share and comply with these rules and be understanding of the adaptations to the collection that your municipality and Valorsul may have to make.

RECOMMENDATIONS COVID-19 MARCH 13, 2020

EGF follows the COVID-19 crisis closely. The Contingency Plans of all Concessionaires are already active in order to prevent or mitigate the effects that the generalized spread of the virus may have on the provision of public services, observing all recommendations of the General Directorate of Health.

 

These are essential informations and precautions that we should all have for our own protection and of the community, as well. You can find a poster of said precautions below in English, Portuguese, French and Spanish. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                       

 

 

 

Lisbon | Green Capital 2020 MARCH 13, 2020

Lisbon was awarded the title "European Green Capital" in 2020 because it focuses on mobility, in the creation of more green spaces, in the reduction of noise, pollution and water costs, among other measures.

 

This title represents a European Commission project that recognizes cities that are progressively more eco-friendly, that strive to make the lives of their citizens healthier and more sustainable and that promote environmental awareness.

 

Together with other companies, Valorsul signed the Lisbon Capital Verde 2020 environmental pact, committing itself to implementing, by 2030, measures and actions that mitigate the environmental footprint and promote good sustainable practices.

 

Among those actions are projects aimed at combating climate change, namely directed at promoting recycling and circular economy, such as:

 

  • Communication campaigns dedicated to recycling in specific target audiences;
  • Acquisition of supports and bags to promote selective collection at specific events, fairs and audiences;
  • Awareness-raising actions to help improve the quality of the materials delivered to the Sorting Centers and the Organic Valorisation;
  • Offering composters to families, aiming to encourage the habit of composting, associated with dedicated communication campaigns;
  • Support to the Municipality of Lisbon in expanding the Selective Collection of Bio-waste.
EGF | APEMETA' Mornings MARCH 06, 2020

EGF was present, yesterday, at Mornings of APEMETA - Portuguese Association of Environmental Technology Companies, through engineer Filipa Pantaleão, Technical Director of EGF, who participated in the Debate: "Challenges and Constraints of Textiles in the Management and Treatment of Urban Solid Waste".

 

This cycle of conversations, addressed to the textile sector, also featured speakers from Quercus, APA - Portuguese Environment Agency, Resiaçores, Suma, Lipor, among other companies from the environmental sphere.

 

Thematic topics were discussed on textile production and its costs, the problem of textiles in the flow of undifferentiated waste and the products that can be made with textile waste, as well as the creation of a management entity for the sector.

 

The event took place at Fundação Cidade Lisboa, in Campo Grande.

AMARSUL | Safety at Work MARCH 04, 2020

Within the scope of Health and Safety Measures at Work, adopted by Amarsul, the company is promoting their awareness actions, which take place in the facilities of Palmela and Seixal's Ecoparks.

 

 

 

Recently, a training session dedicated to the theme “Manual Handling of Cargo” was directed to all employees with activity in Selective Collection; the training aimed to minimize the risks of Musculoskeletal Injuries of employees in this area and to create a spirit of preventive action in relation to risk.

 

 

 

 

VALORMINHO Recycling grows 13% MARCH 03, 2020

Valorminho, EGF's concessionaire in the Alto Minho region, responsible for the treatment and recovery of urban waste in the municipalities of Melgaço, Monção, Valença, Vila Nova de Cerveira, Paredes de Coura and Caminha, increased its selective collection by 13% compared to same period of 2018.

 

In 2019, 3928 tons of waste from the Valorminho intervention area were selectively collected, accounting for: 1824 tons of glass, 1430 tons of paper / cardboard and 674 tons of plastic and metal.

 

Greater environmental awareness among the population, coupled with the investment that Valorminho has made in the selective multi-material collection of packaging waste in recent years; namely in vehicles, ecopoints and containers for selective collection and a strong commitment to awareness campaigns for the correct separation of waste, allowed growth in all materials: 15% on glass, 8,7% on paper/cardboard and 17,5% on plastic and metal.

 

This investment is part of an application financed by the Operational Program for Sustainability and Efficiency in the Use of Resources (POSEUR) and concretizes a strategic option outlined in the Action Plan of the Strategic Plan for Urban Solid Waste in response to the challenges introduced by PERSU 2020 in regarding the increase in multimaterial recycling, thus contributing to the improvement of the service provided to the municipalities in the intervention area.

 

RESIESTRELA | Planetariums MARCH 02, 2020

Resiestrela, EGF's concessionaire in Cova da Beira, brings the project “A Nossa Casa é um Planeta” to schools. The awareness actions that make up the project are integrated into the ECOVALOR Program, as part of a joint application by the 11 concessionaires belonging to EGF to POSEUR (Operational Program for Sustainability and Efficiency in the Use of Resources).

 

This environmental education action includes the production of 3 films specially designed with content suitable for 3 different target audiences: Kindergarten; 1st, 2nd and 3rd Cycle; Secondary / Adult.

 

With an innovative approach, and designed on itinerant planetariums, the awareness actions include, in addition to film presentations, games on environmental themes and delivery of pedagogical materials that allow for the consolidation of the knowledge obtained.

 

At the moment, the locations considered by this action are the schools in the municipalities of Almeida, Belmonte, Covilhã, Fundão, Manteigas, Penamacor and Vilar Formoso.

 

Dates and places of the activities:

 

  • Rodrigo's School (Covilhã) - February 19th;
  • Pedro Álvares Cabral School (Belmonte) -  February 20th;
  • School Headquarters Grouping Schools of Fundão - February 27th;
  • Manteigas Basic and Secondary School - February 28th;
  • Escola EB 2/3 Ribeiro Sanches (Penamacor) - March 17th;
  • EBS School Dr. José Casimiro Matias (Almeida) and EBS Vilar Formoso School on March 17th.

The themes presented in this initiative are based on the Reduction, Reuse, Recovery and Recycling of materials and energy, replacing the end-of-life concept of linear economy, with concepts of Reuse, Restoration and Renovation. In such a way, the action contributes to active citizenship in the field of sustainable development and to the construction of a low carbon society, rational and efficient in the use of its resources.

AMARSUL | Recycling grows 19% FEBRUARY 28, 2020

Amarsul, EGF's concessionaire responsible for the recovery of urban waste from 9 municipalities in the Setúbal Peninsula, showcased, in 2019, a remarkable growth of 19% in the forwarding of waste for recycling, resulting from the investment made in the municipalities of Alcochete, Almada, Barreiro, Moita, Montijo , Palmela, Seixal, Sesimbra and Setúbal.

 

The population of the region, with more than 780 thousand inhabitants, contributed positively to the increase in the collection of 33 thousand tons of recyclable waste, 45% were paper and cardboard, 30% glass and 25% plastic and metal. The increase in selective collection was transversal to all materials, although it presented better results in paper and cardboard packaging, which registered a higher growth: 25% more than in the previous year.

 

These indicators are the result of the investment of 10 million euros that Amarsul has developed in the multi-material selective collection of packaging waste in recent years in vehicles, ecopoints and containers for selective door-to-door collection, as well as in environmental awareness campaigns for incentive to recycling, developed in partnership with the Municipalities. This amount, part of Amarsul's investment plan, is co-financed by the POSEUR program - Operational Program for Sustainability and Efficiency in the Use of Resources and aims to increase and optimize the quantities of recyclables separated at source.

 

Amarsul ended 2019 with an annual capitation of 39 kg of packaging waste separated per inhabitant and with twice the collection points for recyclable waste. In 2020, the goal is to reach the target of 45kg per inhabitant.

VALORLIS | More Ecopoints FEBRUARY 27, 2020

Valorlis will reinforce the network of green ecopoints with the availability of 250 glass bins to serve the population in the municipalities of Batalha, Leiria, Marinha Grande, Ourém, Pombal and Porto de Mós, in the first half of 2020.

 

The placement of green ecopoints for glass separation aims to increase the amount of glass sent for recycling and complements the investment in strengthening the ecopoint network that Valorlis has been undertaking in its intervention area.

 

This investment will be concluded with the acquisition of two heavy vehicles dedicated to the collection of glass that have an innovative collection box that will allow for better conditioning of the collected waste.

 

The provision of these means, belonging to Valorlis' investment plan in the amount of 1.8 million euros co-financed by POSEUR - Operational Program for Sustainability and Efficiency in the Use of Resources, aims to increase the quantities of waste collected selectively.

 

In 2019, Valorlis installed in its intervention areas 213 ecopoints of 1,000l; 247 ecopoints of 2,5 m3 and 120 glass ecopoints were placed next to the HORECA Canal - hotels, restaurants, cafes and associations, where there is a greater production of glass containers.

 

Marta Guerreiro, Managing Director of Valorlis, explains that “the deposit of glass containers, such as bottles, flasks and jars in ecopoints, is still far from reaching the desirable rates, which justifies an investment by the company in equipment for the deposition of glass." He adds that “the placement will be reinforced with the availability of 240l containers for glass separation in the HORECA Canal and with awareness actions for the correct use of ecopoints, increasing the recycling habits of the population”.

 

ALGAR | Carnival is EcoEvent FEBRUARY 26, 2020

Loulé's Carnival received, once again, the EcoEvent certification by ALGAR; EGF's concessionaire in the Algarve region.

 

The recyclable waste collected throughout the event were delievered to ALGAR, and then weighed and "measured", resulting in a financial compensation that was offered by the Municipality of Loulé to "Existir", a charitable organization for the intervention and rehabilitation of poor and disadvantaged populations.

 

In this sense, it was requested to all participants of the event to separate their waste correctly. Paper/cardboard packaging; plastic/metal and glass were placed in the right ecopoints available in the precinct.

 

The theme for this year's edition of Loulé's Carnival was: Cinema. Loulé's parade, which is over 100 years old, one of the oldest in the country, took to the streets this Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, with a total of 600 extras, who paraded in the streets on top of the 14 Carnival floats.

VALORSUL | Goals Achieved FEBRUARY 20, 2020

In 2019, Valorsul, an EGF concessionaire in the Greater Lisbon and West area, met all environmental targets with an increase in recycling in all materials sent.

 

More 8,500 tons of material than in 2018, was the number registered in the company's Sorting Centers that totaled, in 2019, more than 93 thousand tons received.

 

The separation in plastic and metal ecopoints was the one that registered the highest growth (13% more than in the previous year). There followed a very positive evolution in the separation of glass for recycling (10% more). Paper and cardboard recycling grew 9%.

 

In 2019, each inhabitant sent, on average, 55 kg of materials to recycle. This value means that, in just two years, each person separated an average of 10 kg more. Lisbon is the municipality in the region with the highest recycling per capita, with 102 kg of packaging separation per inhabitant.

 

Valorsul also could not exceed 16% of biodegradable waste deposited in landfills and complied. Overall, Valorsul sent 40% of its urban waste (packaging, organic and others) for recycling, also fulfilling this important goal.

 

West Region registers the highest growth

 

In the 14 municipalities in the West that are under concession to Valorsul, this evolution in recycling was even more positive, with growth of another 20% in glass, another 21% in paper / cardboard and another 25% in the delivery of plastic and metal packaging.

 

This sharp growth was due to a strong investment in selective collection carried out by the company with over 1500 ecopoints, 28 more collection vehicles and awareness campaigns.

SULDOURO | Recycling grows 16% FEBRUARY 18, 2020

Suldouro, EGF's concessionaire responsible for the treatment and recovery of urban waste in the municipalities of Santa Maria da Feira and Vila Nova de Gaia, increased its selective collection by 16% compared to 2018.

 

This increase, recorded in all recyclable materials collected, was due to the investment that Suldouro has made in the selective multi-material collection of packaging waste in recent years; namely in vehicles, ecopoints and containers for selective door-to-door collection.

 

This investment is part of an application financed by the Operational Program for Sustainability and Efficiency in the Use of Resources (POSEUR) and, concretizes, a strategic option outlined in the Action Plan of the Strategic Plan for Urban Solid Waste in response to the challenges introduced by PERSU 2020 in regards the increase in multimaterial recycling, thus contributing to the improvement of the service provided to the two municipalities.

ALGAR | Toneladas de Ajuda FEBRUARY 17, 2020

Algar, EGF's concessionaire in the Algarve region, is promoting the social responsibility campaign TONELADAS DE AJUDA, an EGF campaign on recycling of packaging for solidarity purposes, which is aimed at all IPSS located in the Algarve region.

 

This campaign aims to value all recyclable waste that registered institutions want to deliver to Algar, namely plastic, metal, paper, cardboard and glass packaging, in exchange for a financial contribution.

 

To promote the initiative, Algar, represented by the Executive Directors Engª Telma Robim and Engº José Barreto, and Banco Alimentar Algarve, represented by the Chairman of the Board Dr. Nuno Alves and the Treasurer of the Board José Pinto, signed a cooperation protocol last day January 22nd at the Algar Environmental Education Center that works at the Albufeira Ecocenter.

 

Algarve's Food Bank becomes the first institution in the region to join the campaign, having delivered, on the same day, 1700 kg of paper / cardboard and 360 kg of plastic / metal to Algar's facilities. The Algarve institution provides support to 106 IPSS that will also contribute to the separation and delivery of recyclable packaging waste. The financial contribution will be used to purchase food to reinforce baskets of families supported by the institution.

 

RECYCLE AND HELP THE ONES WHO NEED THE MOST!

 

HOW IT WORKS?

To participate it is necessary to register with Algar by email geral@algar.com.pt. After receiving the data, a client file will be opened that will work as a current account for each institution in order to quantify the weight of the material delivered, and then a weighing slip will be made available.

 

WHERE?

The deliveries of materials must be made directly to Algar's facilities, namely, to the Sorting Units, Transfer Stations and Ecocenters, located in the Municipalities of: Albufeira, Alcoutim, Aljezur, Castro Marim, Lagos, Loulé, Tavira, Vila do Bispo, Quarteira and Portimão (locations and times at www.algar.com.pt). 

 

Deliveries made by other entities will also be accepted as long as they are made on behalf of an IPSS already registered in the campaign.

VALORSUL | Central's Birthday FEBRUARY 14, 2020

Valorsul's Energy Valorisation Center celebrates 20 years of existence today. In two decades, 14 million tons of waste were transformed into energy.

 

This plant, pioneer in Portugal, is intended to treat waste from undifferentiated collection. Each day it receives close to 2,000 tons of urban waste and produces enough energy to supply a city of 150 thousand inhabitants.

 

Twenty years after its construction, it was possible to divert 14 million tonnes of waste from landfill, transforming it into energy. This energy is sent to the electricity grid, saving the use of other sources, thus avoiding imports.

VALORLIS | Recycling grows 17% FEBRUARY 12, 2020

Valorlis, EGF's concessionaire in Alta Estremadura, ended 2019 with the highest value ever in the selective collection of municipal waste. Separation in ecopoints increased 17% compared to the same period in 2018. The involvement of the population was essential to achieve these results.

 

This year, a total of 12,460 tons of waste was sent to recycling in the Valorlis intervention area: 4,865 tons of glass, 5,377 tons of paper / cardboard and 2,218 tons of plastic and metal packaging. The increase in all materials was notable, with the separation in plastic and metal ecopoints having registered the highest growth (19% more than in the previous year). There was a very positive evolution in separation of glass for recycling (16% more). Paper / cardboard recycling grew by 15%.

 

The selective collection effort in the municipalities in the area of ​​influence of Valorlis (Batalha, Leiria, Marinha Grande, Ourém, Pombal and Porto de Mós) resulted in the saving of 80 thousand trees; metal that allows the manufacture of more than 11.4 million cans of 0.33 liters; enough plastic to produce more than 1.8 million XL t-shirts and an amount of glass that can produce around 13.9 million 0.75 liter bottles.

 

Marta Guerreiro, CEO of Valorlis, points out: “This improvement is due to a greater environmental awareness of the population, coupled with a strong investment in new ecopoints, different types of containers, vehicles and awareness campaigns for the correct separation that Valorlis have been developing together with the municipalities. And adds: "Despite the excellent results achieved, we are aware that our effort to provide an increasingly better service to the population must continue, so that together we can build a better environment for all".

 

For more information contact: Cidália Martins | cidalia.martins@valorlis.pt | 00351 244575540

Communication's Meeting 2020 FEBRUARY 10, 2020

The annual meeting of the Communication area of EGF's group took place on the 5th and 6th of February at Resinorte, in the Boticas unit, in the region of Trás-os-Montes. In addition to evaluating the work carried out, strategies for the future were defined with the objective of attracting more and more people to reduce, reuse and recycle the waste they produce.


The meeting, which takes place every year in different locations, had the participation of all workers of the Boticas unit, demonstrating that it is possible to carry out corporate initiatives outside the usual locations, valuing spaces and resources existing in the Group.

ALGAR | Planetarium JANUARY 28, 2020

ALGAR, the company responsible for the management of urban solid waste in Algarve, will bring the “A Nossa Casa é um Planeta (Our House is a Planet)” project to schools in the region once more. These awareness-raising actions are integrated into the ECOVALOR Program, within the scope of a joint application, by the 11 concessionaires belonging to EGF, to POSEUR - Programa Operacional Sustentabilidade e Eficiência no Uso dos Recursos (Operational Program for Sustainability and Efficiency in the Use of Resources).

 

The initiative includes the projection on 360º itinerant planetariums of 3 films conceived with content for different target audiences (Kindergarten; Primary and Secondary/Adult), on the themes Reduction, Reuse, Recovery and Recycling of materials and energy.

 

These actions contribute to active citizenship in the field of sustainable development and to the construction of a low carbon society, rational and efficient in the use of its resources.

 

Dates and places of presentation of the activity:

  • 27 January / Municipality of Lagos / Schools EB n.1 of Lagos and Kindergarten/ EB1 da Ameijeira;
  • 28 January / Municipality of Portimão / Schools EB 2.3 Judice Fialho; EB Bemposta and EB 2.3 D. Martinho Branco;
  • 29 January / Municipality of Tavira / Kindergarten Schools / Horta do Carmo and in EB1 / 2.3 D. Manuel I;
  • 30 January / Municipality of Tavira / Schools EB 2.3 D. Paio Peres Correia;
  • 30 January / Monchique Municipality / Schools EB 1 N.1 and EB 2.3;
  • 5th and 6th of March / Albufeira Municipality - Algar Environmental Education Center / Kindergarten Schools / EB1 Vale Pedras; EB 2.3 Dr. Francisco Cabrita; EB das Ferreiras and EB 2.3 Diamantina Negrão.
VALORSUL | EEA Grants JANUARY 24, 2020

Valorsul, an EGF concessionaire in the Lisbon and West regions, integrates a financing application under the EEA Grants Program with the InRoads - Innovative and Green Residue-Based Noise Barriers for Roadways project, together with Mota-Engil Engenharia e Construção, the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto and the University of Coimbra.

 

EEA Grants is a multi-annual financial mechanism established between the members of the European Economic Area Agreement (Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway) and the member states of the European Union with the largest deviations from the European average of GDP per capita, including Portugal. This relationship aims to promote a continuous and balanced reinforcement of economic and commercial relations through financial support.

 

The project proposes the development of an innovative solution for the construction of prefabricated acoustic barriers betting on the reuse of artificial aggregates produced from slags from the incineration of urban waste.

 

As part of the competition - Projects for the Promotion of Circular Economy in the Construction Sector - of the "Environment, Climate Change and Low Carbon Economy" Program, the project will allow to mitigate noise induced by road traffic, which will significantly contribute to an improvement in the quality of life of the populations neighboring the places where this solution will be implemented and to attenuate the ecological footprint of the civil construction sector.

 

 

ALGAR | Ecopoints' Cleanse JANUARY 13, 2020

Algar, responsible for the recovery and treatment of municipal waste in Algarve, reinforced the washing of ecopoints, including cleaning of selective packaging disposal sites and surrounding areas, maintenance of equipment and replacement of signs.

 

There are more than 7500 intervened recycling bins distributed throughout the 16 Algarve municipalities. The work is performed by specialized teams, from Monday to Saturday, excluding holidays, during daylight hours.

 

This action is carried out within the framework of the Operational Plan for the Selective Collection Activity and is part of the continuous improvement of the quality of service provided to the population and visitors of the region, to reinforce public health care and to ensure an effective recovery of the collected waste. 

 

Algar has been strengthening its Selective Collection Activity, having acquired 7 new vehicles in 2019, allowing it to increase its fleet capacity by 32%. It has also been increasing the number of ecopoints, with the placement of 781 new equipments on public roads in 2018 and over 376 ecopoints in 2019. Currently, Algarve has over 12,800 recycling bins for the disposal of recyclable packaging, ensuring the ratio of 1 ecopoints / 126 inhabitants.

 

 

Amarsul in RTP1's program JANUARY 10, 2020

Today in RTP1' broadcast channel, at 11 pm, José Pedro Vasconcelos and Fátima Lopes will become Amarsul's packaging sorting operators.

 

José Pedro Vasconcelos' entertainment program, "Depois, Vai-se a Ver e Nada" filmed an episode at Amarsul's Seixal Ecopark Screening Center where, host and guest, embodied the daily tasks of a screening operator and showed the reality of solid waste, highlighting the importance of recycling.

 

 

 

 

The episode will be broadcast today on public channel at 23h.

 

EDIT: The episode is now available on our Facebook and Linkedin.

 

Christmas Tree Dismantling JANUARY 9, 2019

"Portugal em Direto", a program from the Portuguese public broadcast channel RTP1, followed the dismantling of the recyclable Christmas tree from the parish of Santo Amaro in Sousel, a region belonging to Valnor, EGF's concessionaire in the north of Alentejo.

 

Together, Valnor, the Parish Council, and the school children from Santo Amaro, dismantled the Christmas tree and placed more than 5,000 plastic bottles in bags supplied by Valnor.

 

Afterwards, the bags were collected by a Valnor vehicle that pressed all the packages to then transport them to the sorting center.

 

All bottles were sent to the recycling industry to be transformed into new pens, buckets, vases or new packaging.

 

 

VALORLIS | Composters DECEMBER 30, 2019

Valorlis will distribute more than 4500 domestic composters in Batalha, Leiria, Marinha Grande, Ourém, Porto de Mós and Pombal municipalities.

 

Composting is a sustainable biological process of harnessing organic matter resulting from the preparation of meals such as food rinds, bread crumbs, coffee grounds or vegetable scraps. Soil microorganisms transform this matter into compost which can subsequently be used in agriculture, vegetable gardens or gardens.

 

The domestic composting program thus reduces the amount of organic waste landfilled and serves as an alternative to soil-damaging chemical fertilizers.

 

This program, which began in 2007, currently has more than 8800 composters distributed and has already allowed nearly 19,000 tons of waste to be diverted from landfills.

 

 

ALGAR | Christmas Campaign DECEMBER 23, 2019

Algar has launched the Christmas campaign “First we celebrate, then we recycle!” to remind people of the importance of packaging separation in the appropriate ecopoints during holiday season.

 

Despite Algarve's good performance in terms of recyclable packaging waste, Algar warns that there is still much work to be done in the region. Only 40% of glass containers and, equally, of paper/cardboard packaging produced in the Algarve are placed in ecopoints, and only 20% of plastic/metal packaging is destined for recycling.

 

In this campaign, Algar calls for all recyclable packaging to be placed in ecopoints and not just some, as the remaining fraction of recyclable packaging waste, which is not deposited in the correct ecopoint, is being placed directly by the population in the undifferentiated waste bin (ordinary refuse), which is then collected by municipalities and destined for landfill.

 

This Christmas campaign is aimed at all residents and visitors of the region.

 

More information at: www.algar.com.pt

 

TONS OF HELP Campaign DECEMBER 19, 2019

Resiestrela has launched TONELADAS DE AJUDA (Tons of Help) social responsibility campaign, an expanding EGF campaign across its managed territory that targets all IPSS (private social solidarity institutions) located in the companies' area of ​​intervention and consists in valuing all the recyclable waste that the registered institutions want to deliver, in particular plastic packaging, metal, paper, cardboard and glass in exchange for a financial contribution.

 

To enroll in Resiestrela's intervention area, you must register via email comunicacao@resiestrela.pt and, upon receipt of the data, a client form will be opened, which will act as a checking account for each institution in order to quantify the weight of the delivered material and then a weighing slip is made available.

 
Deliveries of materials should be made directly at Resiestrela's facilities, namely at Fundão's Sorting Center and at the 7 transfer stations and ecocenters of the municipalities of Almeida, Celorico da Beira, Guarda, Penamacor, Pinhel, Sabugal and Trancoso.

 
Deliveries made by other entities will also be accepted if they are made on behalf of an IPSS already registered in the campaign.

 

For more information please contact:

Marta Alçada

Phone: (00351) 275 779 330  / Cellphone: (00351) 939 598 010 / Email: marta.alcada@resiestrela.pt

www.resiestrela.pt

 

ALGAR | Portimão's Landfill DECEMBER 18, 2019

Algar began exploring the D cell of Portimão's Sanitary Landfill on December 12th, a cell already planned in the initial landfill project, which ensures the capacity for the disposal of undifferentiated waste collected in western Algarve.

 

The construction of the landfill translates into an investment of 3.6 million euros and has a docking volume of 1 million m3 for waste disposal, equivalent to 90,000 tons of waste per year, with a foreseen 10 years of operating life.

 

To attend the first use were invited to the Mayor of Portimão Isilda Gomes, the Vice-President Filipe Vital, the Chief of Staff José Cardoso and also the Director General of EMARP João Rosa.

 

Portimão's landfill is part of an integrated management system, being that landfill is the last option used in waste management and the result of a careful environmental protection plan. The new cell has the best environmental protection and preservation techniques to enable soil sealing and aquifer protection, including monitoring the proper drainage of leachate; biogas uptake, which is sent for energy recovery or flaring; and the control of ground/surface water and topographic changes.

 

ECOVALOR rewards institutions DECEMBER 17, 2019

126 tons of recyclable waste is the figure achieved by Valnor in the ECOVALOR program; the dedicated school community program implemented throughout EGF's intervention area.

 

Valnor, EGF's concessionaire, awarded schools that performed the best in recycling their used packaging during the 2018/19 school year.

 

Under the “Separa e Ganha (Separate and Win)” competition, and in exchange for waste, schools, private social welfare organisations and associations, will receive more than 25,000 euros.

 

Of the 126 tons raised, 93 tons of paper and cardboard and 33 tons of plastic and metal packaging were sent for recycling.

 

According to Nuno Heitor, Deputy Director of Valnor, "Valnor is a company whose mission is to promote recycling in its region, and to this end, its focus has been reflected on environmental education and social responsibility campaigns, to involve the community in our environmental and social mission."

 

 

EGF | Pinheiro Bombeiro DECEMBER 16, 2019

Similar to last year, EGF rejoined Pinheiro Bombeiro (fireman pine tree).

 

Pinheiro Bombeiro is a social initiative of the Portuguese startup Rnters that allows, during the Christmas period, to rent real Christmas pines.

 

The pines used are thinning pines, the result of clearing a ground in the Coruche area.

 

Each pine has a cost of 20 € of which 5 € revert to the purchase of professional firefighting equipment (masks, gloves, suits, among others). In 2018 alone, more than 18,000 euros were raised for the firefighters of Viana do Castelo.

 

At the end of the lease, the pine is returned and transformed into biomass, finalizing the lease and its use in a sustainable way.

 

This initiative has the support of the Portuguese Association of Voluntary Firefighters.

 

 

ALGAR | Offer of NUTRIVERDE DECEMBER 13, 2019

Starting today, December 13th, Algar will offer the NUTRIVERDE compound with vegetable plant in a sustainable paper packaging to all customers who come to its premises to deliver recyclable packaging waste.

 

NUTRIVERDE is a 100% vegetable organic concealer produced and marketed by ALGAR, obtained exclusively from green waste from parks, gardens, golf grounds and agricultural activities through the composting process.

 

It is ideal for use as an organic fertilizer and / or substrate, as it is not aggressive or polluting to nature, it has numerous benefits to the soil by returning the organic matter absorbed by plants, thus closing the natural cycle. This will fight soil erosion and improve its physical, chemical and biological properties. ALGAR invites the Algarvians to create their own garden.

 

NUTRIVERDE can be purchased at ALGAR's premises during their opening hours. The company has 3 Green Composting Units in operation, one in Portimão, one in São Brás de Alportel and another one in Tavira.

 

 

About ALGAR

Algar - Valorization and Treatment of Solid Waste, SA is Algarve's responsible entity for the integrated system of selective collection, transfer, sorting of materials for recycling, energy use of landfill biogas, composting of green waste and treatment of municipal landfilled solid waste, produced in the municipalities of Albufeira, Alcoutim, Aljezur, Castro Marim, Faro, Lagoa, Lagos, Loulé, Monchique, Olhão, Portimão, São Brás de Alportel, Silves, Tavira, Vila do Bispo and Vila Real de Santo António.

For more information, contact: Maria João Carolino | +351 967758321 | gci@algar.com.pt | Barros de São João da Venda, 8135-026 Almancil-Loulé

RESULIMA | Wrapping Paper DECEMBER 12, 2019

Resulima, EGF's concessionaire in the north of the country, together with the City Council, the Viana do Castelo Municipal Basic Sanitation Services (SMSBVC) and the Environmental Monitoring and Interpretation Center (CMIA), boost for the second consecutive year the wrapping paper campaign , “At Christmas, separation is the best gift,” between December 24 and January 6.

 

The initiative aims to encourage the correct separation of waste, namely from paper that is used for gift wrapping, avoiding its disposal in household waste equipment (undifferentiated waste).

 

This year, 56 identified containers will be available to promote the correct separation of waste. They will be available in residential areas where there is a greater distance to common ecopoints.

 

The 2018 campaign collected 1,880 kilos of paper and cardboard, avoiding the felling of approximately 40 trees. Containers, placed at the end of the first half of December, will be available until Kings' Day, January 6, 2020.

 

 

Recycle Bingo at Suldouro NOVEMBER 28, 2019

Recycle Bingo has reached Suldouro's intervention area! The EGF Concessionaire responsible for the treatment and selective collection of municipal waste in the municipalities of Vila Nova de Gaia e Santa Maria da Feira are already part of the Recycle BinGo community.

 

Despite being an app, it works primarily as a game that makes the recycling experience much more fun and rewarding.

 

How? Simple.

 

The main mission of the game is to make visits to our Habitual Ecopoints.

 

 

By geolocation our Smartphone knows we are close to it. When we check in we unlock a set of nice little pets, the EcoGifts, with which we will fill our BinGo cards. Each time we complete a card we earn EcoMoedas - which we can redeem for great prizes such as movie tickets, discount vouchers, and more.

 

In addition to this main mission, the application is launching special surprise missions in order to improve the Portuguese knowledge about recycling, maintain involvement with Recycle BinGo. And of course, reward the most friends on the planet.

 

Recycle BinGo is available on the App Store and Google Play.

 

Resulima is a reference company in the environmental sector, being responsible for recycling and treating urban waste of more than 440.000 thousand inhabitants.

 

We are sure that this association of Suldouro with Recycle BinGo will help us all to meet the important recycling goals that Portugal faces short term. For this to happen, these news need to disseminate.

 

Help us spread the recycling bug.

 

We count on you!

EGF moderates debate in Loures NOVEMBER 29, 2019

EGF attended the 11th Annual Convention of the Portuguese Network for Social Responsibility of Organizations, which took place on the 28th of November, at the Marqueses da Praia and Monforte Palace in Loures.

 

This year's edition focused on “Energy Transition and Sustainability: Challenges and (Un)Convenient Truths”, targeting two significant sustainability issues: climate change and oceans and energy transition; the importance of which is well reflected in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

 

The convention opened with a speech by Bernardino Soares, President of Loures' Townhall and featured renowned leaders, in sustainability and social responsibility issues, associated with themes of sea and energy.

 

Ana Loureiro, EGF Communications Director, represented EGF moderating the panel on "Energy Transition and Environment: the new energy mix for sustainability".

 

 

EGF | 6th Meeting Alentejo NOVEMBER 25, 2019

EGF participated in the 6th Alentejo Waste Management Meeting, an event held in Beja on November 21, organized by the Polytechnic Institute of Beja, in partnership with the AMCAL, RESIALENTEJO and VALNOR Waste Management Systems and which was attended by of the most relevant organizations in the sector.

 

On behalf of EGF was Filipa Pantaleão, the Group's technical manager, who on the panel dedicated to the evolution of municipal waste management in Portugal, presented the activities developed by EGF in promoting selective collection in conjunction with the municipalities.

 

This meeting brought together a panel of speakers with different opinions and responsibilities in the waste sector, which allowed for a wide debate and discussion of relevant topics that interested all participants. The highlight was the Evolution of Urban Waste Management in Portugal, focusing on different strategic themes for the sector, as well as the sharing of Good Waste Management Practices and the role of CAGER in the operation of SIGRE.

WASTE PREVENTION WEEK 2019 NOVEMBER 21, 2019

The European Waste Prevention Week 2019 is taking place. This project, already in its 7th edition, is due to the need to reduce the amount of waste we produce.

 

The focus this year is on education and information for a change in attitude towards waste: “Change your habits, reduce your waste.”

 

From the early 1970s until 2016, household waste has doubled in the European Union, per capita and by weight. In 2016, the annual production of household waste from each European reached 482 kg! *

 

 

 

The European Week on Waste Prevention (SEPR) aims to draw attention to this problem. And that is the main objective of the actions that will take place this year. There are 16,570 shares across Europe! Also in Portugal this movement is promoted by EGF and its concessionaires, of which we highlight some examples.

 

ALGAR

Algar is always associated with this initiative and there are several actions underway:

 

  • Algar's environmental education vehicle, which is equipped with multimedia games and 3D films on the main aspects of the collection, sorting and recovery of urban waste, will be from November 18-20 at the Tivoli Marina hotel in Vilamoura to host public of all ages, in a partnership with the municipal company Inframoura, organizer of the seminar “Change your habits, reduce your waste”, which will take place on November 18, in the same place.
  • In association with ENTRAJUDA Algar will promote a campaign to collect used toys (dolls, balls, books, games, CDs, among others), which will take place in all the company's facilities, distributed throughout the Algarve region (algar.com. pt) to deliver to needy families supported by the Social Solidarity Institution.
  • Schools are also invited to participate. During SEPR, Algar launches the challenge to promote the “Fair at School - Time of Exchange”. The initiative is nothing more than students, teachers and assistants to select objects that they no longer use such as games, CDs, books, clothes and / or toys and in school to organize a fair of exchange for other objects that they lack. In this way, they prolong the useful life of these objects and avoid overconsumption, contributing to the reduction of landfill deposition.

ERSUC

This week ERSUC, in partnership with the Municipalities and the School Groups, will boost the environmental education action “Our House is a Planet”, an awareness-raising action that uses an innovative approach to education and awareness, based on 360-degree movie projection in itinerant planetariums, specially designed with content suitable for 3 different target audiences: Kindergarten and 1st Cycle, 2nd and 3rd Cycle and Secondary Education.

 

The actions promote environmentally appropriate behavior on the theme of urban waste and include, in addition to the presentation of films, the delivery of teaching materials that allow consolidating the knowledge obtained.

 

ERSUC is with the Planetariums on November 18 in Estarreja Municipality, November 19 in Arouca Municipality, November 20 in Ovar Municipality, November 21 in Figueira da Foz Municipality and November 22 in Municipalities Pedrogão Grande and the Municipality of Penacova.

 

ERSUC Executive Director Miguel Ferreira also calls for “this week's concerns to develop throughout the year, and translate into changing habits that will make all the difference in waste reduction and correct referral for recycling ”.

 

VALORLIS

Valorlis invited the population to know the route of the waste they produce in their home, last Saturday, November 16th, in the initiative “Valorlis Open Day”.

 

The adhesion by the population exceeded the expectations, having the registrations sold out within a few hours, which led to Valorlis opening a second time. On “Valorlis Open Day”, the company received 70 people, accompanied by their families.

 

Participants began the visit by placing the waste they brought from home in Valorlis ecopoints, followed by a guided visit to the Sorting Unit and Leiria Landfill, where it was explained what happens to the waste after it is placed in their containers. During the visit the myths of recycling were also clarified and the rules of waste separation clarified.

 

Valorlis also promotes, on November 23rd at 15h00, in the Valorlis auditorium the workshop on the theme of food waste "From the vegetable garden to the table", with taste, creativity, without waste”, in a partnership with Refood Leiria.

 

In this workshop participants will learn techniques to avoid waste in the garden and kitchen and learn to conserve and turn leftovers into delicious dishes.

 

The program includes: Refood and elimination of food waste; Little tricks to reduce the amount of food sent to the trash; Presentation and elaboration of various ways of preserving food; Revenue Sharing.

 

Participants must bring glass containers to bring elaborate recipes home, thus promoting reuse.

 

The workshop is free, but requires registration at www.valorlis.pt

 

VALORSUL

Valorsul has ongoing 20 registered actions, identified below, in its intervention area and supports the dissemination of the initiative.

 

 

 

European Waste Prevention Week

European Waste Prevention Week (EWWR) runs from 16-24 November 2019. “Change your habits, reduce your waste!” Is this year's motto. The theme this year aims to alert to the need to reduce consumption and prolong the life of objects. The aim is to raise public awareness of the need for waste reduction and this initiative is an incentive to reduce the amount of waste produced in Europe.

NEW MOVIE | Summer with Value NOVEMBER 20, 2019

Resulima, Valorminho and Suldouro, EGF concessionaires from the north of the country, implemented the Summer with Value campaign on all beaches covered by its concession. The result was so positive, it turned it into a movie!

 

Beyond the 77 tonnes of recoverable waste collected, good practice extends to broader environmental issues, and we all have to gain.

 

To see the movie and know this project, CLICK HERE

ALGAR EcoEvent gives social support NOVEMBER 08, 2019

About 14 tonnes of recyclable waste, including 7 tonnes of glass, 5.7 tonnes of carton and 700 kg of plastic, was collected during the 420 class World Sailing Championship in Vilamoura in July this year.

 

The recyclables collected during the 9 days of the event by the company ALGAR, EGF concessionaire in the Algarve region, after being weighed and 'measured', gave rise to a thousand euros, which Vilamoura Sailing, the organizer of the competition in partnership with the company. Inframoura, made a point of handing it over to the Quarteira Child Support Center.

 

 

 

 

1st Sailing Championship distinguished as EcoEvent

It was the first time that a sailing championship has been awarded the 'Eco-Event' distinction awarded by Algar and has resulted, among other actions, in the production of 250 bags of recycled fabric, made from canvas, canvas, billboards and mupi, which they functioned as eco-points (garbage separation) and were placed on coaches' vessels. In these eco-points, all the test sailors deposited, daily, not only the recyclable packaging they were producing, but also the recyclable ones that made a point of collecting from the sea.

 

According to Nuno Reis, Vilamoura Sailing Director, “from the beginning, the aim was to strengthen the ecological awareness of the sailors and this will be a challenge to continue. The 420 World Cup was a test event in this regard and its success was proven. The partnership with Algar will be repeated in all our events and will also extend to the activity of the internship center ».

 

The logistics coordination of the program during the 420 World Championship was performed by Inframoura and also involved the services of Marina de Vilamoura, where Algar daily collected containers with recyclable waste.

 

In this event the usual plastic bottles were also replaced by aluminum bottles and the prizes awarded were all produced in cork from cork oaks in the region.

 

Inframoura will continue to mediate and encourage the events taking place in Vilamoura to adhere to these actions, in order to stimulate and raise awareness of the problem of waste and, at the same time, with the values ​​raised can contribute with donations for the improvement. the quality of the services provided by the IPSS of this parish.

VALORSUL: Recycling increases 21% OCOTOBER 25, 2019

Valorsul, EGF Concessionaire in the Lisbon and West regions, foresees that by the end of this year, about 91,000 tons of recyclable materials will be collected in its municipalities.

 

Given the amount of material collected in 2017, there is a significant growth of about 21% in the separation for recycling paper, cardboard, plastic, metal and glass.

 

This improvement in the region's environmental performance is due to greater environmental awareness, a strong investment in new ecopoints, vehicles and sorting centers and to campaigns to encourage recycling that Valorsul and the municipalities have been developing together.

 

 

Between 2016 and 2021 Valorsul's investment plan amounts to 45 million euros with the aim of improving the company's public waste management service, of which 16 million are investments in selective collection and sorting of recyclables.

 

In addition to the environmental benefits, the increase in selective collection also represents an effective saving for the 19 municipalities. As a result, around 16,000 tonnes of recyclables (triflow) will be diverted from the undifferentiated waste bins than in 2017, the equivalent of an annual saving of around € 1.1 million in municipal landfill or energy recovery costs. .

 

Six municipalities grow above 50%

Separation for recycling has grown over 50% in the last 2 years in 6 municipalities: Alcobaça, Arruda dos Vinhos, Nazaré, Rio Maior, Sobral de Monta Agraço and Torres Vedras. The highest growth was in Arruda dos Vinhos which is expected to end 2019 with 77% more recyclables collected than in 2017.

 

In the Lisbon region, the Loures and Odivelas Municipal Services stand out with a growth of 20% and the municipality of Lisbon, which, besides being the municipality with the highest amounts collected per capita, has grown in the last two years by 16%.

 

The strategy followed by Valorsul and the municipalities was to approximate, as much as possible, the number of ecopoints to the number of undifferentiated waste containers. The results show that the ecopoint collection option remains a good solution and allows families the freedom to deposit 24 hours a day.

 

VALORSUL prepares for new community targets

Selective collection of bioresidues - food and garden waste - has been done in collaboration with municipalities for 12 years. This material is transformed by Valorsul into compost for agriculture.

 

In order to meet the demanding national and community targets, Valorsul and the municipalities in the coming years intend to increase this selective collection - which is currently focused mainly on restaurants and markets - and also to include families in this separation. Given the expected increase in the amount of segregated biogas, Valorsul will apply for an investment of 9.6 million euros to also increase the capacity of its Organic Recovery Station.

Bike ride at VALORLIS OCTOBER 20, 2019

Valorlis, EGF concessionaire in the region of Leiria, within the scope of the Ecovalor program and awareness of the importance of recycling, challenged the entire population to participate in the 9th Bike Tour dedicated to selective collection.

 

The bike ride took place on October 20th with a concentration at Valorlis at 9 am. The tour was aimed at the entire population, for all ages, with two easy and affordable routes - a shorter one of only 10 km and a 30 km route.

 

The tour ended at Valorlis, followed by a convivial lunch and entertainment for the children.

 

 

“This tour is part of the policy of proximity and“ open doors ”that Valorlis maintains from day one. We intend to bring whole families together in a different activity, but with our usual goal, to warn of the importance of recycling ”, explains Marta Guerreiro, Managing Director of Valorlis.

 

Registration was free but required. Each participant brought on the day of the tour six packs of plastic, metal, glass, carton or cartons for liquid food and deposited in the ecopoint that was at the place of departure.

 

The 9th Valorlis Bike Tour was organized by AIRBIKE - CYCLING ASSOCIATION, with the support of Gopaper.

Recycle BinGo at RESULIMA OCTOBER 16, 2019

Recycle Bingo has reached Resulima's intervention area! The EGF Concessionaire responsible for the treatment and selective collection of municipal waste in the municipalities of Arcos de Valdevez, Barcelos, Esposende, Ponte da Barca, Ponte de Lima and Viana do Castelo are already part of the Recycle BinGo community.

 

Despite being an app, it works primarily as a game that makes the recycling experience much more fun and rewarding.

 

How? Simple.

 

The main mission of the game is to make visits to our Habitual Ecopoints.

 

 

By geolocation our Smartphone knows we are close to it. When we check in we unlock a set of nice little pets, the EcoGifts, with which we will fill our BinGo cards. Each time we complete a card we earn EcoMoedas - which we can redeem for great prizes such as movie tickets, discount vouchers, and more.

 

In addition to this main mission, the application is launching special surprise missions in order to improve the Portuguese knowledge about recycling, maintain involvement with Recycle BinGo. And of course, reward the most friends on the planet.

 

Recycle BinGo is available on the App Store and Google Play.

 

Resulima is a reference company in the environmental sector, being responsible for recycling and treating urban waste of more than 321,000 thousand inhabitants.

 

We are sure that this association of Resulima with Recycle BinGo will help us all to meet the important recycling goals that Portugal faces in the short term. For this to happen, this news needs to spread.

 

Help us spread the recycling bug.

 

We count on you.

EGF at ISWA World Congress OCTOBER 10, 2019

EGF was present and strongly represented at the International Solid Waste Association (ISWA) World Congress, the largest event in the sector worldwide, which will be held this year in Bilbao, Spain, from October 7-10.

 

This year's participation was marked by the international presentation of the project OUR HOUSE IS A PLANET, the environmental education project dedicated to the school community that presents educational films for the various levels of education through itinerant planetariums. In Bilbao, for the first time, the English versions of the 3 films that are projected in 360º in inflatable domes were being presented, presenting a novelty in the event and for the congress participants.

 

 

In addition to the planetarium in the exhibition space, available to all participants, Ana Loureiro, Director of Communication, presentes on October 8th the most recent environmental communication campaigns, with the presentation The role of citizens. Strategies and Communication Campaigns on the How to Raise Public Acceptance for Waste Management Projects panel; and moderating the session on Citizen Awareness, a key to sustainable and effective waste management.

 

More on ISWA World Congress: CLICK HERE

More about the project OUR HOME IS A PLANET: CLICK HERE

EGF hosts ISWA Working Group OCTOBER 01, 2019

EGF hosted at its headquarters the Communication and Social Issues Working Group of the ISWA - International Solid Waste Association at one of its biennial meetings, which took place from 26 to 27 September.

 

The meeting was marked by the presentation and sharing of communication campaigns devoted to the topic of waste, but also by the discussion of ISWA's own communication strategy, which is in a transition and change phase this year.

 

The group also participated in the EcoSunset event organized by EGF, Amarsul and Almada City Hall, which took place in S. João da Caparica and had the opportunity to visit Valorsul's Waste to Energy Plant in S. João da Talha.

 

Representatives from countries such as England, Belgium, the Netherlands, Sweden, Hungary and Oman attended this meeting.

 

For more information on ISWA's Communication and Social Issues Working Group

Recycle BinGo at VALORMINHO SEPTEMBER 30, 2019

Recycle BinGo finally arrives in the northern region of the country, through Valorminho. Recycle BinGo is a mobile application that promises to leave families living in the municipalities of Melgaço, Monção, Valencia, Paredes de Coura, Vila Nova de Cerveira and Caminha, with the recycling bug.

 

Despite being an app, it works primarily as a game that makes the recycling experience much more fun and rewarding. Like?

 

Simple.

 

The main mission of the game is to make visits to our Habitual Ecopoints.

 

 

By geolocation our Smartphone knows we are close to it. When we check in we unlock a set of nice little pets, the EcoGifts, with which we will fill our BinGo cards. Each time we complete a card we earn EcoCoins - which we can redeem for great prizes such as movie tickets, discount vouchers, and more.

 

In addition to this main mission, the application is launching surprise special missions in order to improve the Portuguese knowledge about recycling, maintain involvement with Recycle BinGo. And of course, reward the most friends on the planet.

 

Recycle BinGo is available on the App Store and Google Play.

 

Valorminho is a reference company in the environmental sector, being responsible for recycling and treating over 33,000 tons of waste, serving 6 municipalities and over 73,000 inhabitants.

 

We are sure that this association of Valorminho with Recycle BinGo will help us all meet the important recycling goals that Portugal faces in the short term. For this to happen, this news needs to spread.

 

Help us spread the recycling bug.

 

We count on you.

EcoSunset in Almada september 27, 2019

EGF, Amarsul and Almada City Council presented on September 26 the results of the EcoPraias campaign and launched the Ecovalor Program 2019-2020, aimed at the school community.

 

The ECOBEACHES - “Let's Recycle by the Sea” campaign, promoted by Amarsul, EGF concessionaire, collected this summer a total of 165 tons of waste for recycling.

 

This unprecedented campaign promoted for the first time the collection and recycling of waste in 33 beaches of the regions of Almada, Sesimbra and Setúbal from June 22 to September 15.

 

 

Aimed at the general population, but with a special focus on children who go to the beach with their holiday camps, the initiative has raised awareness of good environmental practices and the importance of proper separation of packaging waste, totaling over 400 holiday organizers, 22,700 children and 91,400 people in total.

 

The collection of the packages was ensured with a network of ecopoints, together with Amarsul “backpackers” who traveled the beaches - which allowed to collect 50 tons of plastic and metal, 35 tons of paper and cardboard and 80 tons of glass.

 

THE BEACH SEASON IS OVER AND SCHOOL BEGAN

 

Following this strategy of continuously contributing to the environmental education of the population, EGF already has in the field the new edition of the ECOVALUE program. Running during this school year, this initiative is dedicated to making known the good environmental practices among the school community, distinguishing, with a monetary prize, the good environmental behaviors. For each well-packaged plastic, metal and beverage packaging bag delivered, the school that adheres to this awareness program will receive € 0.50. The schools in each municipality that recycle the most will be rewarded with a higher value.

 

This program also includes a tour with itinerant planetariums of environmental education “Our Home is a Planet”, where you can watch 360º films dedicated to the themes of prevention, reuse and recycling.

 

Nationwide, in 2018 the ECOVALUE Program carried out nearly 8,000 awareness actions and involved 203,732 participants across the country, contributing to the collection of 1,160 tonnes of waste, of which 619 tonnes were plastic and metal, 111 tonnes of glass and 430 tons of paper and cardboard.

EcoPraias recycled 165 tons SEPTEMBER 26, 2019

The ECOPRAIAS - “Let's Recycle by the Sea” campaign, promoted by Amarsul, EGF concessionaire, collected this summer a total of 165 tons of waste for recycling.

 

This unprecedented campaign promoted for the first time the collection and recycling of waste in 33 beaches of the regions of Almada, Sesimbra and Setúbal from June 22 to September 15.

 

Aimed at the general population, but with a special focus on children who go to the beach with their holiday camps, the initiative has raised awareness of good environmental practices and the importance of proper separation of packaging waste, totaling over 400 holiday organizers, 22,700 children and 91,400 people in total.

 

The collection of the packages was ensured with a network of ecopoints, together with Amarsul “backpackers” who traveled the beaches - which allowed to collect 50 tons of plastic and metal, 35 tons of paper and cardboard and 80 tons of glass.

 

THE BEACH IS OVER AND SCHOOL BEGAN

 

Following this strategy of continuously contributing to the environmental education of the population, EGF already has in the field the new edition of the ECOVALOR program. Running during this school year, this initiative is dedicated to making known the good environmental practices among the school community, distinguishing, with a monetary prize, the good environmental behaviors. For each well-packaged plastic, metal and beverage packaging bag delivered, the school that adheres to this awareness program will receive € 0.50. The schools in each municipality that recycle the most will be rewarded with a higher value.

 

This program also includes a tour with itinerant planetariums of environmental education “Our Home is a Planet”, where you can watch 360º films dedicated to the themes of prevention, reuse and recycling.

 

Nationwide, in 2018 the ECOVALOR Program carried out nearly 8,000 awareness actions and involved 203,732 participants across the country, contributing to the collection of 1,160 tonnes of waste, of which 619 tonnes were plastic and metal, 111 tonnes of glass and 430 tons of paper and cardboard.

 

Data from the 2019 ECOPRAIAS campaign and the launch of the new edition of the ECOVALOR program are presented today at a meeting promoted by Amarsul, EGF and Almada City Hall, in São João da Caparica, which is attended by ISWA - International Solid Waste environmental communication specialists. 

Festivals of Agony: Great EcoEvent SEPTEMBER 25, 2019

RESULIMA, EGF subsidiary, together with the Municipal Services, the municipality of Viana do Castelo and Vianafestas, developed an environmental awareness campaign during the Pilgrimage in Honor of Nossa Senhora da Agonia, making this an Ecoevent.

 

Environmental awareness monitors were present in this Pilgrimage which, together with the 30 volunteers of the Local Bank of Volunteering, approached traders and party participants to promote the improvement of waste separation by encouraging the use of ecopoints and 19 structures. specifically placed for the disposal of recoverable waste.

 

 

 

Different environmental awareness equipment and materials were distributed to traders and the general public, making them aware of the importance of their behavior. As a result of these awareness actions it was possible to collect more than eight tons of valuable waste in this EcoEvento.

 

These environmental awareness campaigns are supported by the EU Cohesion Fund through the PO SEUR - Operational Program Sustainability and Resource Efficiency.

RESIESTRELA | Door to door SEPTEMBER 23, 2019

The new Resiestrela Door to Door collection service, implemented in 4 municipalities, collected 77 tonnes in the first 6 months.

 

This service, implemented in the municipalities of Almeida, Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo, Fornos de Algodres and Meda, has collected around 40 tons of paper and cardboard, 9 tons of plastic and metal packaging and 28 tons of glass and already has more than 200 tons adhering establishments.

 

According to Resiestrela Administrator, Nuno Heitor, “We intend to grow in more quantities and more collection points in these municipalities and in the remaining municipalities where this service is already implemented, so that together we can reach the recycling goals and go to the meeting of the objectives and goals defined in the Resiestrela Selective Collection Resumption Target - PERSU 2020 Resumption Action Plan ”

 

The door-to-door collection service aims to increase the collection of recyclable materials, glass, paper / cardboard and elastic, as it is found that waste containers in some areas contain large quantities of recyclable materials, that were being taken for undifferentiated treatment. With this service, these materials can be valued, with benefit to the environment and the consequent reduction of their treatment costs borne by the Municipality.

 

This service is performed free of charge to the user entities, by a duly identified car and Resiestrela employees and will be provided weekly at shops and services wishing to adhere to door-to-door collection of recyclable materials.

 

Resiestrela believes that by promoting environmental awareness among entrepreneurs and traders, it will allow, through a collective effort, an increase in materials recycling, improving the Quality of Life of each one of us.

VALORMINHO in Vilar de Mouros SEPTEMBER 19, 2019

Valorminho, EGF concessionaire in Alto Minho, collected 4.5 tons of recyclables at the Vilar de Mouros Festival, which took place on August 22, 23 and 24, an Ecoevent that is marked by good environmental practices.

 

Sustainability had a fundamental weight in the entire organization of the event, being exemplary in the management of waste produced in the enclosure - from its prevention, reuse and recycling to the environmental awareness of all participants and stakeholders.

 

Valorminho developed an environmental awareness campaign during the festival, which was attended by environmental awareness monitors who approached all festival-goers in order to promote the improvement of waste separation during the event, as well as encourage the implementation of these practices on the day. of every citizen.

 

As a result of these awareness actions, it was possible to collect 4.5 tons of recoverable waste in the 3 days of Ecoevento. There were 3180 kg of glass 1200 kg of paper / cardboard and 120 kg of plastic and metal packaging.

 

These environmental awareness campaigns are supported by the EU Cohesion Fund through the PO SEUR - Operational Program Sustainability and Resource Efficiency.

VALORLIS: more selective collection SEPTEMBER 18, 2019

Valorlis, the EGF concessionaire in the Leiria region, has advanced to the second phase of placing the ecological islands in Marinha Grande this week.

 

The Ecological Islands Project - Proximity Collection is a pilot project that aims to bring ecopoints closer to the population, provide means for separation in places where it is difficult to place ecopoints and increase the amount of waste sent for recycling.

 

This proximity collection project started in July where 53 ecological islands (159 containers) were placed.

 

 

 

The second phase of container placement began this week with the placement of 96 more ecological islands (288 containers) in the towns of Amieirinha, Guarda Nova, Camarnal, Comeira, Fonte Santa, Ordem, Cima, Pedra de Baixo and Portela, following this September, the remaining 57 islands (171 containers) will be placed in Embra.

VALORSUL celebrates 25 years SEPTEMBER 16, 2019

VALORSUL celebrates 25 years. On September 16, 1994, EGF concessionaire VALORSUL was born in the Lisbon (North) region with the ambitious goal of finding a solution and destination for the thousands of tons of municipal waste produced in Greater Lisbon and later, in 2010, in West region.

 

VALORSUL's domestic waste treatment system is a milestone in the history of municipal waste recovery in our country.

 

For 25 years, VALORSUL has invested in the potential of waste as real resources. It was at Valorsul that Portugal saw the birth of its first energy recovery center and, years later, the first station to treat selectively collected biowaste.

 

The result of the work carried out in the last quarter of a century is remarkable: per year, a production of electricity equivalent to 2% of national domestic consumption using exclusively waste; a production of more than 600 tons of compost for agriculture, 74,000 tons of materials sent for recycling and the fulfillment of all environmental goals with lower costs for citizens.

 

VALORSUL's priority is to improve the public waste management service provided by the company to municipalities and citizens. It was the first company to obtain recognition from the regulatory authority with the award of the “ERSAR Excellence Award” for the quality of its waste management services. municipal waste in 2018.

 

VALORSUL's future will continue to be through strong investment in innovation and commitment to the highest quality standards, through innovative awareness-raising strategies, increased capacity for selective collection, growth in the selective collection of organic matter and optimization of treatment infrastructures.

 

The territory served by VALORSUL covers a very diverse geographical area with 19 municipalities and where 1.6 million inhabitants reside. Every year, it receives and treats almost 1 million tons of waste, valuing 20% ​​of all domestic waste produced in Portugal.

More ecopoints in AMARSUL SEPTEMBER 12, 2019

Amarsul, EGF concessionaire in the Setúbal peninsula, has made available 57 new metal ecopoints, specific containers of 3m3 are being placed in all the municipalities in its area, namely in places where there is a high history of vandalism, namely fires in ecopoints.

 

Since the end of 2018, Amarsul has been strengthening its network of ecopoints, bringing recyclable containers closer to the population in order to make recycling of these wastes more convenient. This project covers all municipalities of the Setúbal Peninsula and is co-financed by POSEUR - Operational Program for Sustainability and Resource Efficiency.

 

 

 

Amarsul is committed to increasingly providing better service to the population by making more containers available for the disposal of recyclable waste and improving the quality of service, thereby reducing waste that is sent to landfill.

20 Tons of Recyclables AUGUST 30, 2019

Valorminho collected 20 tons of recyclable waste at the Vodafone Paredes de Coura Festival, which took place from 14 to 17 August.

 

The 27th edition of the Couraíso Festival made history, and was the best edition ever, also in recycling.


This is an ECOEVENT with a track record, where sustainability has a fundamental weight throughout the organization of the event, being exemplary with regard to the management of waste produced in the enclosure - from its prevention, reuse and recycling to the environmental awareness of all participants. involved.

 


The 27th edition of the Vodafone Paredes de Coura Festival, is marked by the historical collection of Valorminho - 20 tons of recyclable waste!


There were 14,160 kg of glass, 2,040 kg of paper / cardboard and 3,840 kg of plastic and metal packaging, which will be transformed into euros that will revert to a Private Social Solidarity Institution (I.P.S.S.) of the Municipality of Paredes de Coura.

Recycle BinGo has reached Resinorte AUGUST 28, 2019

Recycle BinGo arrived in the north central region of the country, by Resinorte.

 

Launched in February by Valorsul, Amarsul and Valorlis, with the support of the Ministry of Environment's Environmental Fund, Recycle BinGo is a mobile application that promises to leave families living in the municipalities of Alijó, Amarante, Armamar, Baião, Boticas, Cabeceiras de Basto. , Celorico de Basto, Chaves, Cinfães, Fafe, Guimarães, Lamego, Marco de Canaveses, Cold Table, Moimenta da Beira, Mondim de Basto, Montalegre, Murça, Penedono, Peso da Régua, Resende, Ribeira de Pena, Sabrosa, Santa Marta from Penaguião, Santo Tirso, Sao Joao da Pesqueira, Sernancelhe, Tabuaço, Tarouca, Trofa, Valpaços, Vila Nova de Famalicão, Vila Pouca de Aguiar, Vila Real, Vizela, with the pet of recycling.

 

 

Despite being an app, it works primarily as a game that makes the recycling experience much more fun and rewarding. How?

 

Simple.

 

The main mission of the game is to make visits to our Habitual Ecopoints.

By geolocation our Smartphone knows we are close to it. When we check in we unlock a set of nice little pets, the EcoGifts, with which we will fill our BinGo cards. Each time we complete a card we earn EcoMoedas - which we can redeem for great prizes such as movie tickets, discount vouchers, and more.

 

In addition to this main mission, the application is launching surprise special missions in order to improve the Portuguese knowledge about recycling, maintain involvement with Recycle BinGo.

And of course, reward the most friends on the planet.

 

Recycle BinGo is now available on the App Store and Google Play.

 

Resinorte, a reference company in the environmental sector, is responsible for recycling and treating over 350 thousand tons of waste, serving 35 municipalities and approximately 1 million inhabitants.

 

We are sure that this association of Resinorte with Recycle BinGo will help us all meet the important recycling goals that Portugal faces in the short term. For this to happen, this news needs to spread.

 

Help us spread the recycling bug.

AMARSUL with strong investment AUGUST 27, 2019

Amarsul, EGF concessionaire in the Setúbal peninsula, is investing around 10 M € in new selective collection projects, highlighting the “Reciclar Doce Reciclar” project, which aims to implement door-to-door selective collection of recyclable waste. in the areas already served by the door-to-door collection of undifferentiated waste, carried out by the municipalities, namely in Almada, Seixal and Sesimbra.

 

To facilitate the separation of waste in the households covered, Amarsul offers two free containers: one for the disposal of paper and one for metal and plastic packaging, so that the process of waste separation is simpler and more comfortable for citizens.

 

 

About 51,300 containers will be available. This project will be extended to the other municipalities of the Setúbal Peninsula, in areas where the collection of undifferentiated waste is also done door to door.

 

Since the end of 2018, Amarsul has been strengthening its network of ecopoints, bringing recyclable containers closer to the population in order to make it easier to separate and dispose of these wastes. This reinforcement has been made with containers with a capacity of 1,100l where 1,800 gares, ecopoints and glass bottles were built. By the end of 2019, a total of 8,320 containers of 1,100l, 1,560 ecopoints and 1,582 glass bottles will be placed. In order to collect these new equipment it was also necessary to increase the fleet so that new vehicles were purchased, 3 for collection for trade and services and 15 for domestic collection, in addition to the admission of new workers.

 

In this context, Amarsul is promoting awareness raising activities around the ecological islands, where dedicated teams clarify all doubts regarding the separation of recyclable waste, helping citizens to verify that the waste they are depositing in the containers is correctly separated. At the end of the awareness action, a free gift is available.

 

This project, co-financed by POSEUR - Operational Program for Sustainability and Resource Efficiency, aims to increase and optimize the quantities of recyclables separated at source.

 

With the correct separation of recyclables by citizens, less waste is sent to landfill, and everyone benefits: there will be less tons of waste subject to the disposal fee paid by the Municipalities and more will be the quantities selectively collected by Amarsul.

 

By the end of 2019, we will have an expected 15% increase in the amount of selectively collected waste, which is expected to be even higher by 2020.

Recycle BinGo has arrived at VALNOR AUGUST 20, 2019

Launched in February 2018 by Valorsul, Amarsul and Valorlis, with the support of the Ministry of the Environment's Environmental Fund, Recycle BinGo finally reaches the center, lower, Ribatejo and upper Alentejo region, through Valnor.

 

Recycle BinGo is a mobile application that promises to leave families living in the municipalities of Abrantes, Alter do Chão, Arronches, Avis, Campo Maior, Castelo Branco, Castelo de Vide, Crato, Elvas, Frontier, Hawk, Idanha-a-Nova, Macao, Marvão, Monforte, Nisa, Potters, Ponte de Sor, Portalegre, Proença-a-Nova, Sardoal, Sertã, Sousel, Vila de Rei and Vila Velha de Rodão, with the pet of recycling. Despite being an app, it works primarily as a game that makes the recycling experience much more fun and rewarding.

How?

 

Simple.

 

The main mission of the game is to make visits to our Habitual Ecopoints.

 

By geolocation our Smartphone knows we are close to it. When we check in we unlock a set of nice little pets, the EcoGifts, with which we will fill our BinGo cards. Each time we complete a card we earn EcoMoedas - which we can redeem for great prizes such as movie tickets, discount vouchers, and more.

 

In addition to this main mission, the application is launching surprise special missions in order to improve the Portuguese knowledge about recycling, maintain involvement with Recycle BinGo.

 

And of course, reward the most friends on the planet.

 

Recycle BinGo is now available on the App Store and Google Play.

 

Valnor, a reference company in the environmental sector, is responsible for recycling and treating over 101,000 tons of waste, serving 25 municipalities and over 254,000 inhabitants.

 

We are sure that this Valnor association with Recycle BinGo will help us all meet the important recycling goals that Portugal faces in the short term. For this to happen, this news needs to spread.

 

Help us spread the recycling bug.

 

We count on you.

In the Algarve be Algarvian AUGUST 19, 2019

Algar, an EGF concessionaire in the Algarve region, has launched a new awareness-raising campaign on selective packaging separation, with the aim of encouraging the use of ecopoints by residents and visitors in the region during the summer. online newspapers in Mupis and Municipal Outdoors.

 

The initiative was created based on the concept: In Algarve be Algarvian, recycle!

 

For a local visitor the issue of recycling is something of everyday life, where the habit of separating at home may already be rooted, but that on vacation often falls into oblivion.

 

 

For an Algarvian to go to Ecoponto means to preserve their land, since the recyclable materials that can be placed in the ecoponto are not landfilled. It is also a source of regional pride, especially due to the results of the amount of recyclables sent annually, per capita, compared to the values ​​presented in other regions of the country.

  

The campaign thus shows the Algarvians' pride in the good results of recycling and reminds visitors to travel to Ecoponto during their holidays, showing both that recycling is very serious in the Algarve.

 

The images of the campaign are based on the Algarve heritage (most tourist universe), namely: culture, gastronomy, climate and natural beauty, always passing the message “SEPARE”, as follows:

 

Recycling is also our beach… .. The Algarvians have over 3500 ecopoints available…. In Algarve Be Algarve: Separate

Recycling is also part of our nature…. The Algarvians separate more than 38 thousand tons of waste per year…. In Algarve Be Algarve: Separate

Recycling is also part of our culture…. The Algarvians separate more than 15 thousand tons of glass per year…. In Algarve Be Algarve: Separate

 

The images chosen to illustrate the campaign are visual references from the Algarve and allow to easily associate the message and concept of the campaign with the most attractive points sought in the region.

       

ECOEVENT | Lapa Festivities 2019 AUGUST 13, 2019

Resulima, an EGF concessionaire in the northern region of Portugal, together with the Municipality of Arcos de Valdevez, developed an environmental awareness campaign during the Nossa Senhora da Lapa Festivities that took place in the Municipality of Arcos de Valdevez, making it an EcoEvent.

 

This initiative took place on August 8, 9 and 10 and were present at these parties environmental awareness monitors who approached traders and party participants to promote the improvement of waste separation during the event, as well as encourage the implementation of these. day-to-day practices of each citizen.

 

Different environmental awareness equipment and materials were distributed to traders and the population, making them aware of the importance of their behavior. As a result of these awareness actions, it was possible to collect more than one ton of valuable waste in the 3 days of this EcoEvent.

 

These environmental awareness campaigns are supported by the EU Cohesion Fund through the PO SEUR - Operational Program Sustainability and Resource Efficiency.

Community composting AUGUST 12, 2019

Valorsul's “Everybody Can Compost” program is an innovative community composting project developed by the EGF concessionaire of the North and West Lisbon region, which provides a community composter in five green spaces in the Lisbon Metropolitan Area. People living in the surroundings of each of these five sites can participate by handing over their organic waste to be turned into natural fertilizer.

 

The implementation of the “Everyone Can Compost” project was carried out in partnership with the municipalities, which are now responsible for their management and maintenance. The resulting compost will be offered to users or used by the municipality itself.

 

 

This initiative allows the reduction of the amount of waste deposited in municipal containers while valuing the organic matter present in municipal waste.

 

In addition to the community composter itself, the project promoted by Valorsul ensured the training of the municipal staff responsible for the composters and developed a communication and awareness campaign for the practice of community composting, aimed at the population living in the surroundings of each of the five sites. to know about the new equipment and the benefits of composting.

 

The "Everyone Can Compost" program benefits from the support of PO SEUR, which funded training and communication materials.

 

This initiative responds to the growing number of citizens with environmental concerns in their daily lives who are willing to change their behavior and contribute to reducing their ecological footprint. Composting is a 100% natural process where vegetable waste comes to life, becoming fertilizer for the land.

 

“Everyone Can Compost” is available at the following locations:

Central Park of Amadora.
Ribeirada Integrated Park, Odivelas.
Green Park of the Cruzeiro Hills, Odivelas.
Pedagogical Farm of Olivais, Lisbon.
Ecobundy Garden, Vila Franca de Xira.

+ Recycling in Albergaria-a-Velha August 08, 2019

ERSUC, EGF's concessionaire in the central region, and the Albergaria-a-Velha City Council, have established a partnership for door-to-door collection of recyclable waste in commercial establishments, services and schools, with the aim of diverting recyclables from undifferentiated waste stream.

 

“This partnership meets the objectives and targets set out in the ERSUC Selective Collection Resumption Goal 2020 PERSU Action Plan, and involves the provision of various means, including 1 collection vehicle, 2 employees, bags for the separation of recyclables, previous training of teams and awareness actions for all schools involved in the project. ”, explains Miguel Ferreira, Executive Director of ERSUC.

 

 

The implementation of the project on the ground involved the teams of ERSUC and the Municipality, with sensitization to the establishments, which were made available green, blue and yellow bags to collect respectively glass, paper and cardboard and plastic and metal packaging, later collected. door-to-door on predefined days and sent to the ERSUC screening facility in Eirol.

 

After 2 months in the field, with more than 150 schools and 25 participating schools, 7.4 tons of paper and cardboard, 8.8 tons of plastic and metal packaging and 4.7 tons of glass have been collected.

 

“This partnership allows us to provide a better service to the population of Albergaria-a-Velha, getting closer to the production sites and meeting the need for recyclable management, contributing to a better environmental performance of the municipality,” says António Loureiro, Mayor from Albergaria-a-Velha.

Operation Green Mountain AUGUST 07, 2019

Algar, an EGF concessionaire in the Algarve region, collaborates with the “OPERATION MOUNTAIN VERDE 2019”, an initiative of Zoomarine, to plant 42 thousand trees.

 

Algar and Zoomarine, the promoter of the Algarve reforestation campaign called “Operation Green Mountain 2019”, have signed a cooperation agreement to promote the planting, on a pro bono basis, of 42 thousand trees of different species in 8 municipalities. Algarve (Silves, Loulé, Portimão, Monchique, Lagoa, Olhão, Tavira and São Brás de Alportel), to be held during the month of November 2019 (November 10, a Sunday, for families, the general public and November 11, a Monday, also for school groups).

 

 

The company collaborates with this action for the second year in a row, as it recognizes that the initiative is a determining factor for the region in the area of ​​Environment and Nature Conservation.

 

Under this Agreement, Algar undertakes to:

 

a) Cooperate actively and cooperatively with Zoomarine and its representatives in the logistical, technical, conservation, educational and related actions inherent in the “Operation Green Mountain”;

 

b) Make available, free of charge, the organic compound Nutriverde, produced by the company through the green waste generated in the region, which will be used to plant trees in each of the 8 municipalities participating in the campaign;

 

c) Encourage the presence of volunteers on planting days;

 

d) Provide bags and containers for the separation and disposal of recyclable waste produced by participants during the campaign, as well as their subsequent removal and referral for proper recovery.

 

The company stresses that the objective of this action is to raise awareness of the importance of forest protection, especially given the numerous fires that have been felt in our country and in the region in particular. The consequences affect biodiversity, sometimes by extinguishing plants and animals, baring soils that in extreme atmospheric conditions, such as heavy rainfall, suffer entrainment and loss of land. The initiative thus intends to encourage the Algarvians to plant a tree, as a way to contribute to the increase of vegetal coverage of the region.

 

About Nutriverde®

NUTRIVERDE® is produced by ALGAR from green waste. It is a 100% natural organic compound that, besides not being aggressive and polluting to nature, brings numerous benefits to the soil, as it fights erosion and improves its physical, chemical and biological properties. Its excellent quality promotes higher yields in agricultural crops.

 

It can be purchased at ALGAR's premises during their opening hours. The company has 3 Green Composting Units in operation, in Portimão, São Brás de Alportel and Tavira. NUTRIVERDE® deliveries can be made by ALGAR, subject to conditions to be agreed with the customer. Currently they are made in bulk and in a big bag (packaging with about 800 kg). For more information see the website www.algar.com.pt

AMARSUL supports summer festivals AUGUST 01, 2019

The 25th Super Bock Super Rock returned to Meco between July 17 and 20 and was an Amarsul Ecoevent.

 

With the support of Amarsul and the Municipality of Sesimbra a selective packaging collection system was implemented at Herdade do Cabeço da Flauta. In an unprecedented operation, 104 equipments were available, including 30 m3 structures for the packaging of paper / cardboard and plastic and metal packaging, reinforcement in all the waste production sites of the enclosure, stages and camping with 38 Ecopoints. metal and tilting glass distribution to the glass producing stands, as well as metal structures for selective deposition.

 

 

 

It also had an awareness raising action for campers, dedicated to the good practices of prevention, reuse and recycling of waste. The organization of the Super Bock Super Rock festival by collaborating in the monitoring and evaluation of results regarding the waste produced contributed decisively to the diversion of landfill waste by implementing good environmental practices.

 

Amarsul teams received the campers, sensitized and made known the location of the festival's permanent containers and collected used plastic packaging under the motto: “Recycle everything, always and everywhere!”

 

In addition, the organization has established partnerships with the Institute for Nature Conservation and Forests, the environmental association Quercus and Sociedade Ponto Verde.

 

At the end of the event, the results were over 8 tons of packaging for recycling: 4,583kg of plastic and metal, 2,343kg of paper and cardboard and 1,219kg of glass, produced by about 80,000 visitors in just 4 days. The counterpart value of these packages will be donated by the organization to the League of Friends of Lagoa de Albufeira - LIALA.

 

Amarsul's “Ecoeventos Program” is a project co-funded by POSEUR - Operational Program for Sustainability and Resource Efficiency, integrated in a national campaign coordinated by EGF, and aims to significantly contribute to the increase in the quantity and quality of selectively collected materials. at events.

Sustainability Report 2018 JULY 16, 2019

Mota-Engil published the 2018 Sustainability Report, a publication to which EGF and the various concessionaires contributed specific information about their activity.

 

In this publication you can find specific Environmental, Social and Economic information on waste treatment and recovery activities, among other useful information in the various sectors in which the Mota-Engil Group operates.

 

For more information and download: Mota-Engil 2018 Sustainability Report

VALORMINHO: Example of Alvarinho! JULY 15, 2019

There were 12 tons of packaging waste sent for recycling and that resulted from adequate environmental behaviors of the participants and organizers of the Alvarinho of Monção Fair. This initiative took place between July 5 and 7, where a new ECOEVENTOS flag was promoted, promoted and supported by Valorminho, EGF's concessionaire in Alto Minho.

 

Since the Environmental issue is a priority, this partnership has contributed to a better environmental performance of the Municipality of Monção and consequently of the country, regarding the management of the waste produced during the whole event.

 

 

 

 

The Environmental cause this year joined hands in solidarity, the joint could not have been better! All recyclable waste has been "transformed" into euros (€), which will revert this year to the Humanitarian Volunteer Firemen Association of Monção.

 

The producers of alvarinho were present and also the difference, and Valorminho provided 30 m3 structures for the packaging of glass, paper / board and plastic and metal packaging, reinforced the enclosure containers, distributed glass, distributed containers of 240 l for the stands producing alvarinho, provided structures for the selective deposition.

 

Valorminho and the Municipality of Monção sensitized all the stands installed, with the distribution of Ecobags for the separation of waste.

Science in the Summer JULY 12, 2019

During August, in partnership with the Living Science Center of the Algarve, Algar, EGF's concessionaire in the Algarve region, is participating in the project Ciência Viva in the Summer in Network. It starts on July 15 and ends only on September 15. This initiative has been organized for 23 years by Ciência Viva, in collaboration with more than a hundred scientific institutions, Centros Ciência Viva, associations, municipalities and companies.

 

There are about 800 actions for all ages and throughout the country, always in the company of experts. Observations of the night sky at Tibães Monastery, ethnobotanical itineraries through the footbridges of the Paiva, SunSets with Science in the Algarve beaches, botanical visits to the Estufa Fria de Lisboa and routes from the Mãe d ' Água das Amoreiras to know the water heritage of the capital are some of this year's activities.

 

It is the third consecutive year that Algar is invited to participate. This year the company proposes to make guided visits to the Transfer Station and Triage of Faro / Loulé / Olhão (Loulé) and / or Portimão Landfill.

 

Visitors will be accompanied by a technician who will show the processes of recovery and treatment of the various types of municipal waste received at these facilities, namely: sorting and forwarding of recyclable packaging to the recycling industry; the confinement of undifferentiated waste in Landfill; the treatment and valorization of the biogas in the Energy Enhancement Unit and the treatment and valorization of the Green Residues in the Composting Unit, where they are transformed into an organic compound.

 

Take the invitation, take the science in your suitcase on vacation. See the Live Science Summer Program in Network and reserve your places at www.cienciaviva.pt/veraocv/2019/. Visits to Algar's facilities are subject to prior registration.

ALGAR: Separate to Feed JULY 10, 2019

ALGAR, EGF concessionaire in the Algarve region, and ENTRAJUDA (Algarve), have revealed results of the "Separar para Alimentar" campaign in favor of the Food Bank Against Hunger in the Algarve (BACF), an initiative that has been in existence for 5 years .

 

The objective of this campaign has been to collect plastic, metal and ECAL recyclable packaging (cartons for liquid food) and with its sale to purchase food products suitable for children up to 36 months of age. As part of this action, deposition centers were set up to collect material at ALGAR and at the Alimentar Bank of Algarve.

 

 

 

 

The results of 2018 allowed us to obtain sufficient funds to purchase approximately 680 food potatoes, adapted to the specific nutritional needs of children in this age group, which will be delivered to families supported by the Algarve Food Bank.

 

According to Nuno Alves, President of the BACF of the Algarve «The BACF of the Algarve currently cooperates with 107 institutions, providing support to 3,818 families through the distribution of food to 9,410 people, of which 2,219 are children under 12 years of age , for whom this support of the "Separar para Alimentar" will go.

 

The BACF also contributes with 19,704 meals that are prepared daily by 63 institutions (breakfasts, lunches, snacks and dinners). "

 

Campaign balance over last 5 years

 

"Since 2013 the campaign has received adherence by the population and several local entities, which with the gesture of separation of waste already ensured the referral, to recycle 44 135 kg of waste packaging and allowed the delivery of € 5,000 in food, helping those who need it the most. "says Telma Robim, Chairman of the Algar Executive Committee.

 

The result of this initiative has been very positive, so it will continue until August 31, 2019, when it will end to give rise to "tons of aid", a project that will be released by Algar later this year.

 

Until then, all those who wish to collaborate with the "Separar para Alimentar", will be able to deliver the empty packages at Algar's facilities, which are distributed throughout the Algarve region (www.algar.com.pt) from Aljezur to Alcoutim, or on the premises of the Food Bank in Portimão and Faro, informing that they do it in favor of the campaign.

 

Advantages of Recycling for the Environment - Curiosities

 

The separation of packaging for recycling allows saving natural resources, but without the collaboration of all will be impossible to succeed. The 44,135 kg of plastic containers that were sent for recycling during these five years of the campaign allow the production of sufficient raw material (polyester) to produce 54,494 polyester sweaters or 88,000 pairs of polyester pants. So contribute, be part of this cycle, always separate and everywhere!

New Containers in Marinha Grande July 09, 2019

VALORLIS, the EGF concessionaire in the Leiria region, and the Marinha Grande City Hall, presented the project "Ecological Islands" to the population on July 4 in Marinha Grande.

 

This project - selective proximity collection - is a pilot project that aims to bring ecopoints closer to the population, provide means for separation in locations where there is difficulty in placing ecopoints and increase the amount of waste sent for recycling.

 

"Valorlis has been reinforcing the ecopoints network in its area of ​​intervention by bringing containers to the recyclables of the population, so as to make the separation of these wastes more convenient. In some areas of Marinha Grande this reinforcement will be done by replacing traditional ecopoints with smaller containers, placed closer to each dwelling and in greater numbers, "explains Marta Guerreiro, Valorlis' Delegate Administrator.

 

Provision is made for the proximity collection of 618 containers (206 ecological islands) for the separation of the recyclable waste by the population, collected with a specific collection vehicle with the following phasing:

 

Phase 1 - from July 8: Amieira, Albergaria, Marinha Pequena, Pero Neto and Trout

Phase 2 - September, Comeira, Guarda Nova, Order and Portela

Phase 3 - September, Embra

 

The areas covered in this project are residential areas with a greater density of small dwellings and areas where there is difficulty in the placement and collection of traditional ecopoints. It is estimated that the population covered by this action is about 10,000 inhabitants.

 

This action will require close monitoring by Valorlis to improve the selective separation of recyclables, analyzing the filling degrees and adjusting the periodicity of collection. The installation of the "ecological islands" will be accompanied by door-to-door sensitization by Valorlis teams to the residents of the areas covered, which will clarify any doubts regarding the separation of waste and warn of the correct use of the containers.

 

"This project aims to encourage the habit of separating domestic waste, making available other forms of deposition, explains Marta Guerreiro and adds" Valorlis has the participation of the entire community around this project to jointly achieve the demanding defined targets for Valorlis in terms of material sent for recycling. "

 

The "ecological islands" - Proximity Collection are co-financed by the POSEUR - Operational Program for Sustainability and Efficiency in the Use of Resources, and aim to increase the amounts of selectively collected waste.

ALGAR against the plastic bags JULY 03, 2019

Algar, EGF concessionaire in the Algarve region, and the São Brás de Alportel City Council joined on July 3, "International Day Without Plastic Bags", to promote an awareness campaign in the city's Municipal Market. The action was carried out with the objective of alerting to the excessive consumption of plastic bags, proposing alternatives to solve this serious environmental problem.

 

The lightweight plastic bags are harmful to the environment and to health. In the trash they mix with the rest of the residues. They end up in landfills or in the environment, where they can stay for more than 300 years. According to the characterization of the residues deposited in landfills of 2018, performed by Algar, 13% correspond to the category of plastics, 76% of which correspond to light plastic bags.

 

 

 

 

What to do with plastic bags?

 

The "International Day Without Plastic Bags" calls for the change of behavior of all the people in the world regarding the use of plastic bags. Each of us must make an effort to preserve the environment, choosing to reduce the use of plastic bags, reuse whenever possible and if they can not be reused, should be deposited in the yellow container for recycling.

 

ALGAR and the São Brás Municipal Council warn that if everyone does their part, separating the waste they produce, everywhere and everywhere and correctly depositing that waste in the corresponding containers, they will contribute to avoiding environmental pollution and ensure that the waste is properly disposed of. For more information on this initiative: www.algar.com.pt

AMARSUL Eco Beaches June 24, 2019

Amarsul Eco Beaches is a campaign to raise awareness and collect used plastic packaging on beaches, which runs between June 22 and September 15, 2019, in 33 beaches in the Municipalities of Almada, Sesimbra and Setúbal. network of permanent containers for selective collection for the population to recycle their packaging waste.

 

This campaign has a strong awareness component, with actions targeting the population at the weekends and, during the week, actions directed at the colonies and holiday camps, which will be hosted by Amarsul teams. The good environmental behavior will be rewarded and the action will be marked with identification wristbands to remember the day when "Let's Recycle by the Sea".

 

 

 


In this initiative will also include and cleanings of beaches and recycling workshops. With the aim of removing landfill and ocean waste, Amarsul teams will go to the beaches, collect used plastic containers through "mobile containers" , raise awareness of the location of the permanent containers of the beach and clarify the population's doubts.


The campaign began on June 22, in the beaches of Lorosae and Morena (Almada), Ouro (Sesimbra) and Figueirinha (Setúbal) and a total of 148 actions are scheduled.

 

Beaches covered

 

ALMADA (28)

Albatross | Lorosae | Leblon | Bicho d'Agua | Sunset | Kontiki | Naked Dolphin Foot | Mata | Grain of Sand + Riviera | Casa do Sol + Rainha | Castle (Manduca + Yamba) | Fisherman's hut (Delmare + Half Metro) | Princess | King (Hula Hula) | Morena (Borda d'Agua) | Mermaid (Waikiki) | Infante (Tortoise) | Bela Vista (Casa da Praia) | Terminus | American (Move On) | Aroeira (Beach Bar) | Cabana Beach | Ramp | Kailua | Oh, Ti João - 1 | Areias da Telha | Bamboo

 

SESIMBRA (2)

California | Gold

 

SETÚBAL (3)

Albarquel | Figueirinha | Creiro

Communication - Advisory Board JUNE 14, 2019

Mota-Engil and EGF are part of the Advisory and Ethics Board of APCE - Portuguese Business Communication Association, and actively presented the results of the working groups, made up of professionals from several companies, where they highlighted new ideas and paths to increase the activities of the association.

 

This meeting took place on June 7, and is the culmination of a work of reflection and constructive discussion, which has resulted in concrete proposals and which will now have the opportunity to be put into practice by the association, which will disseminate them in a timely manner.

World Environment Day JUNE 5, 2019

On World Environment Day, EGF announces the ongoing renovation movement and promotes public education and environmental awareness initiatives across the country through its concessionaires.

 

This renewal takes place on all fronts - infrastructure is built, new facilities are planned, processes are optimized, fleets and containers are upgraded, new selective collection circuits are implemented, employees are empowered, talents are promoted and pilot projects for larger scale projects.

 

This wave of investment - twice as much as in 2016 and 2017 - and the implementation momentum is accompanied by a commitment to municipalities and citizens and is exemplified by facts:

 

 

  • 169 new vehicles to be rolled out in 2018;
  • more than 55,000 new containers for selective collection of packaging;
  • expansion of sorting lines in the contracting phase;
  • lean processes in implementation; innovation in contact with the citizen who rewards him for his actions;
  • and two support landfills - North and South - that guarantee facility support.
     

MORE QUALITY OF SERVICE

The new collection vehicles have already begun to circulate and the availability of services to citizens has increased - the number of collection sites and door-to-door collection solutions has increased throughout the country. This increase in capacity to receive and transport is accompanied by the expansion of sorting lines, of which the highlight is the ongoing process at Valorsul with the remodeling of the Lumiar and West sorting centers and the new green waste composting unit.

 

But none of this would be possible without involving the citizen in the process, and the EGF has ongoing campaigns and large-scale actions that change the paradigm in contact with the population. The campaigns added to the placement of the new ecopoints, actions with specific information on the use of containers (sad ecopoints), tailored door-to-door collections (with emphasis on the Suldouro project in Vila Nova de Gaia and Santa Maria da Feira , which is the second largest door-to-door collection project in the country) and innovative actions that reward citizens with their environmentally sound behavior - innovative solutions that leverage EGF for a new phase of its journey.

EcoEvent Valorminho: New movie! MAY 31, 2019

Watch the report on the Festa do Alvarinho and Fumeiro EcoEvent, a reference of good practices and concretised by the Municipal Council of Melgaço and by the company of Valorminho, which raised a total of 10.5 tons of packaging for recycling, produced by about 60,000 visitors in just 3 days.

 

This EcoEvent happened from April 26 to 28 and has already 25 editions, but this time was even more sustainable. In addition to good environmental practices implemented in the site, all recycling efforts of the organization and participants were encouraged and accounted for.

 

Valorminho has made available 30 m3 of glass, paper / board and plastic and metal packaging, reinforced the enclosure containers, distributes 240 l glass for the alvarinho producing stands, provided structures for the deposition selective and oil spills to the restaurants installed on the premises. During the party on the 27th and 28th, domestic ecopoints were distributed to the population.

 

All the booths installed were sensitized by Valorminho and by the Municipality of Melgaço, with the distribution of Ecobags for the separation of waste.

 

This year, Valorminho had a partnership with Sociedade Ponto Verde, marking its presence with backpackers who circulated throughout the event encouraging the separation of packaging and facilitating access to their separation.

  

To watch the report: CLICK HERE

 

WHAT IS AN ECOEVENT?

 

An EcoEvent is a one-off initiative, certified by each EGF concessionaire, which takes place in a predefined space, which has a limited duration and is an example of adopting appropriate environmental measures that promote sustainability concepts. The EcoEventos are supported with an appropriate selective collection service adapted to their size, local awareness and economic benefits associated with the quantity of containers separated correctly.

 

For more information on EcoEvento, CLICK HERE

EGF in Praça da Alegria MAY 23, 2018
EGF was present in the morning program and explained to the citizens the Myths and Truths of Recycling in the RTP Praça da Alegria program, presented by Sónia Araújo and Jorge Gabriel.

 
In addition to clarifying doubts, it was also possible to know the recycling code and review the film that explains why we have to recycle EVERYTHING, ALWAYS and EVERYWHERE.

Watch this part of Praça da Alegria program: HERE
Review the movie Recycle is Now: HERE
RESIESTRELA: Recycle Bingo MAY 21 2019

Recycle BinGo has arrived at Resiestrela, the EGF concessionaire of the Beira Interior Region, a new APP for the families living in the municipalities of Almeida, Belmonte, Celorico da Beira, Covilhã, Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo, Fornos de Algodres, Fundão, Guarda, Manteigas, Meda, Penamacor, Pinhel, Sabugal and Trancoso. Despite being an APP, it works mainly as a game that makes the recycling experience much more fun and rewarding. How?

 

Simple.

 

The main mission of the game is to make visits to our usual container for selective collection (ecopoint).

 

 

 

Through geolocation, our Smartphone knows that we are close to it. Upon check-in we unlock a set of friendly animals, the EcoGifts, with which we fill our BinGo cards. Each time we complete a card, we earn EcoCoins - which we can exchange for great prizes, such as movie tickets, discount vouchers, and more.

 

In addition to this main mission, the application is launching special surprise missions with the aim of improving Portuguese knowledge about recycling, maintaining the involvement with Recycle BinGo. And of course, reward the most friends on the planet.

 

Recycle BinGo is available on the App Store and on Google Play.

 

We are sure that this association of Resiestrela to Recycle BinGo will help us all to fulfill the important recycling goals that Portugal is facing in the short term. For this to happen, this news needs to spread.

 

Help us spread the recycle bin. We count on you.

 

Learn all about the most friendly game on the planet at: www.recyclebingo.pt

International Recycling Day MAY 17, 2019

On International Recycling Day, EGF publishes its 2018 numbers, which show an overall increase of 11% in the selective collection of packaging, with specific growths in some materials that exceeds 30%.

 

Global numbers

 

In the 174 municipalities served by the EGF concessionaires, 3.3 million tons of urban waste were produced;

 

Of this amount, 482,000 tons of waste were collected in a selective manner, which corresponds to 15% of the total waste produced by the resident population in the municipalities served by EGF;

 

 

With the collected waste, EGF produced 465 GWh of energy, 300,000 tons of recyclables and 30,000 tons of organic correctives.

VALORSUL: Let's Clean Europe! MAY 15, 2019

Valorsul is once again participating in the Let's Clean Europe initiative, a project aimed at raising citizens' awareness of environmental issues, in particular for waste disposed of in natural spaces and for the necessary cleaning interventions in those spaces.

 

 

This European-wide movement encourages these actions by keeping the 3R's present: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. Cleaning actions are a unique opportunity to raise awareness of the waste problem and lead the population to change behavior. Last year, 14,347 cleaning actions were carried out all over Europe!

 

 

 

This year 12 actions were scheduled in the Valorsul area. The project started in April and until June 11 is scheduled several cleaning activities for ponds, beaches, schools and streets in various locations. For more information, click HERE

 

This campaign, because of its European dimension, is an added value in the call for attention to waste issues by mobilizing the most diverse members of society to voluntarily join and become involved in waste: from associations, associations, schools, groups from citizens, trade establishments and services to public institutions, for example. This initiative began on March 1 and ends on June 30, but registration for cleaning actions is accepted until June 15.

VALORLIS: Pilgrims to recycle MAY 14, 2019

Valorlis, Ourém Municipality and Fátima Sanctuary reinforce the selective collection, in an initiative that was supported by Sociedade Ponto Verde.

 

Valorlis, an EGF concessionaire in the region of Leiria, in partnership with the Municipality of Ourém and the Fátima Sanctuary, reinforced the quantity of containers and the means of selective collection to allow the pilgrims to separate the waste during the pilgrimages of the May 13 to Fatima.

 

To this end, more containers have been made available for the separation of recyclable waste since May 11 and in the parking lots selective disposal structures and 30m3 containers have been made available for the packaging of paper and paperboard and plastic and metal packaging.

 

 

In the surrounding area, daily collection of the existing ecopoints and door-to-door collection were carried out in commercial establishments.

 

The reinforcement of equipment was accompanied by sensitization, with sensitization teams from Valorlis and backpackers of the Ponto Verde Society in Fatima to encourage pilgrims to make the correct separation of waste.

 

 "This year Valorlis, the Municipality of Ourém, the Sanctuary of Fatima and the Sociedade Ponto Verde have joined efforts to provide a better service to those who travel to Fátima these days," says Marta Guerreiro, CEO of Valorlis. to provide a welcome to the pilgrims, to create conditions for the site to be cleaned and to send the waste produced for recycling, which is an environmental benefit for all. "

EGF wins FUNDACOM prize MAY 10, 2019

EGF was honored with one of the FUNDACOM Awards, the communication prizes of the Portuguese and Spanish speaking countries, with the event Plastics and Marine Environment, in the category of External Event up to 1000 people, in a ceremony held on May 9 in Madrid, integrated in an international reference event for communication professionals.

 

This award distinguished an initiative that was held on September 26, 2018, in partnership with the Oceans Communication Center, with the presentation of a unique lecture, held at the Valorsul's Sorting Centre in Lisbon, in a studio prepared for the effect with 49 plastic bales (PET), a total of 10 tons that were sent to recycle and that can, for example, become 40,800 t-shirts!

 

 

 

After the lecture, a visit to the Sorting Center was conducted, where the participants had the opportunity to see the whole treatment process of the packages that we put in the ecopoints for recycling. This initiative was also transmitted LIVE and in addition to the presence on the site, it was possible to watch via internet.

 

The aim of the initiative was to raise awareness to the problem from a concrete point of view and to present solutions, namely that human behavior should be more conscious so that waste can be prevented, reused and exploited on land so that it never reaches the sea.

 

The award-winning lecture is available in its entirety HERE

 

FUNDACOM is the foundation for the promotion of corporate communication in Spanish and Portuguese in the world and certifies and distinguishes as winners entities with good communication practices in various areas of activity.

 

EGF had three other finalist projects, which were highlighted at the ceremony: the Ecovalor Program (campaign dedicated to the school community); the EcoEventos campaign (an action that promotes more sustainable events); and APP Recycle Bingo (a digital application for all citizens to recycle more enthusiastically).

 

All the finalist projects and winners can be consulted HERE

 

ALIGNMENT OF THE AWARDED LECTURE

 

Microplastics: What are they and what can we do?

- Dra Filipa Bessa - Researcher (biologist) of the MARE-University of Coimbra, specialized in microplastics in marine environments.

 

Plastic trash in the seas off the coast of Cascais

- Miguel Lacerda - sailor, diver and leader of a pioneering study on plastic garbage on the cliffs and remote beaches of Cabo da Roca and its surroundings.

 

Prevention, Reuse and Recycling

- Susana Silva - Responsible for the area of ​​Communication and Awareness of the company Amarsul, will present the latest social innovation projects of EGF.

 

About the Oceans Communication Center

The Oceans Communication Center is a project of Nysse Arruda, journalist and curator, nautical specialist for more than 20 years in Portugal, author of several publications and awarded in 2016 by the Femina Prize. This project was initiated to promote the debate on the essential issues associated with the Sea, and obtained institutional support from various institutions, including the Presidency of the Republic, the Ministry of the Sea, the Ministry of the Environment, the Lisbon City Council, the Hydrographic Institute, the Sciences of Lisbon, IPMA and Unesco-Portugal.

 

This project is also sponsored by the Olympic sailors João Rodrigues and Joana Pratas, but also with the Brazilian sailor Torben Grael, the surfer Garret McNamara and the American NGO Marine MegaFauna Mozambique.

 

About EGF

EGF, Environmental Global Facilities, is a European company of reference in the environmental sector and leader in waste treatment and recovery in Portugal. Reinforced by its integration into the MOTA-ENGIL and URBASER Group, EGF is the majority shareholder in 11 waste treatment concessionaries: Algar, Amarsul, Ersuc, Resiestrela, Resinorte, Resulima, Suldouro, Valnor, Valorlis, Valorminho and Valorsul.

Algarve: Operation Clean Beach MAY 09, 2019

Algar, an EGF concessionaire in the Algarve region, collaborates with the CLEAN BEACH OPERATION and warns of the importance of correct separation / disposal of waste. It will be on Sunday, 12, that 6 beaches in 3 Algarve Counties (Silves, Albufeira and Lagoa) will be "flooded" by volunteers willing to contribute to what is already becoming an annual tradition in our beaches - waste collection who should never have come to our shores and our seabed.

 

Entries (https://weprotect5.wixsite.com/operacaopraialimpa) for this environmental volunteer will close at 3:00 p.m. on May 10 (Friday) and are important to ensure participants receive a commemorative t-shirt, cap , a certificate of attendance and of course a small snack.

 

Launched in 2017, in conjunction with "Operation Montaña Verde" (2016), "Clean Beach Operation" is part of the "Together We Protect" environmental responsibility initiative, conceived by Zoomarine, and aims to remove, over several kilometers at the level of the coastal strip and seabed), the human debris that should never be found on our beaches. This year, the partnership tripled and now covers the Municipalities of Silves, Albufeira and Lagoa.

 

 

In addition to the volunteers, the "Clean Beach Operation" will count with the collaboration of the Captaincy of Portimão, Águas do Algarve, ALGAR, LIPTON, University of Algarve, ODS Alliance and Vila Vita Parc Resort & the Dive Spot, EasyDivers and the Association of Professional Fishermen in Albufeira. And if we all do our part, separate the waste we produce, everywhere and everywhere, and correctly deposit that waste in the corresponding containers, we will contribute to avoid pollution and to ensure that the waste receives the appropriate destination. It also recalls that recyclable packaging waste must be placed in the ecopoints (the paper / carton in the blue container, the plastic / metal in the yellow container and the glass in the green container) otherwise they can not be recovered.

 

This Sunday we would like to count on the help of everyone (families, friends and colleagues of all ages) for a few minutes to pass two fundamental messages: (i) marine litter may not have been produced by everyone, but it harms everyone and (ii) the beaches belong to all, and of them we should be able to enjoy without pollution, without risks, and without guilt. So, this Sunday, can we count on your help?

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For more information, please contact:

- Élio Vicente, marine biologist

- Dir. Porto d'Abrigo do Zoomarine

- Tel .: 966 966 540

- E-mail: eliovicente@zoomarine.pt

- https://weprotect5.wixsite.com/operacaopraialimpa

- http://weprotect.zoomarine.pt/en/

- www.youtube.com/watch?v=hymMHVzIrkw

AMARSUL: More green ecopoints MAY 08, 2019

Amarsul, EGF's concessionaire in the Setúbal peninsula, reinforced the selective collection of glass in Barreiro with 233 green ecopoints.

 

Since the end of 2018, Amarsul has strengthened its ecopoint network by bringing recyclable containers from the population in a way that makes it easier to separate and dispose of waste. This project covers all the municipalities of the Peninsula of Setúbal, being co-financed by POSEUR - Operational Sustainability and Efficiency in the Use of Resources.


In the specific case of the Municipality of Barreiro, Amarsul is strengthening the network of GREEN ecopoints that will be distributed as follows:

 


• Parish of Santo António da Charneca - 38 units
• U.F. Alto do Seixalinho, Santo André and Verderena - 141 units
• U.F. Barreiro and Lavradio - 54 units


This investment complements the installation of the more than 400 containers for paper / carton and plastic / metal, made available to the citizens of Barreiro, reinforced by the awareness actions that are taking place among the population. With the correct separation of recyclables by citizens, less waste will be sent to landfill and everyone benefits: we pay less and recycle more.

EGF participates in #EUinmyregion MAY 07 , 2019

EGF didparticipate in the European Commission initiative that was held in Madeira, #EUinmyRegion, at the invitation of the POSEUR (Operational Sustainability and Efficiency in Resource Use Program), a "Open Day" event to present the project STRATEGIC ENVIRONMENTAL COMMUNICATION COM A VIEW TO THE VALUATION OF URBAN WASTE.

 

This event also included the presentation of the project OPTIMIZATION AND REINFORCEMENT OF THE WASTE COLLECTION NETWORK OF WASTE - Water and Waste from Madeira, both supported by the Cohesion Fund, under POSEUR.

 

 

 

 

This event, which took place on Tuesday, May 7, at 10:00 am, in the Basic School 2/3 Dr. Horacio Bento de Gouveia, in Funchal, publicized the projects financed by the EU, and EGF was represented by Ana Loureiro , Director of Communication, who presented the developments and results of the most recent initiatives of social grouping of the Group.

 

 

ALGAR reinforces summer collection MAY 05, 2019

ALGAR, EGF's concessionaire in the Algarve region, has reinforced its selective collection activity and has already implemented preventive measures to reinforce it for the summer, when the region considerably increases its population and, consequently, the production of waste.

 

This reinforcement has already been felt during the Easter period, a period that registered a high tourist influx to the region, especially during the school holidays, since the population almost triples the total of residents in those periods.

 

The objective is to respond effectively to the high production of packaging that is expected, in order to improve the quality of the service made available to the population.

 

Preventive measures implemented

In order to face the high growth of packaging waste in its facilities, distributed throughout the region, ALGAR is mobilizing human resources and equipment for the activities of Selective Collection and Sorting, namely:

 

  • Recruitment of temporary labor to reinforce the Activity of Selective Collection, 11 drivers and 30 auxiliaries. With this reinforcement it is intended to reach the 60 teams;
  • Acquisition of 7 new vehicles for the Selective Collection of ecopoints, which allowed a 32% increase in fleet capacity;
  • Recruitment of temporary labor to support the Sorting Activity: 24 operators;
  • Hiring of team leader for the Sotovento Sorting Unit;
  • Between May and October, reinforcement in the collection of ecopoints and its surroundings, using external service providers;
  • Increased number of ecopoints in 2019, with the installation of more than 350 new equipment. Soon, more than 3900 ecopoints will be available throughout the Algarve region (12,800 containers). The objective is to guarantee the ratio of one ecoponto per 126 inhabitants.
     

It should be noted that in addition to the ecopoints distributed by the 16 municipalities, 13 Ecocentros are available for the entire population, with capacity to receive large quantities of recyclable and larger packaging waste (three in Loulé, two in Albufeira and Portimão , one in Alcoutim, Aljezur, Castro Marim, Lagos, Tavira and Vila do Bispo).

 

The company also invests in the selective collection of waste from commerce and services, through its "Algarlinha" project (information 800 203 251), through the contracting of external operational support, which included collection teams and vehicles. This service provision covers the collection directly in the participating commercial establishments and the collection of envelopes in the ecopoints.

 

In partnership with municipalities for a more sustainable Algarve

ALGAR counts on the collaboration of the Municipalities to control and supervise the incorrect disposal of waste in the ecopoints, as well as to sensitize the population in the fulfillment of good practices, essential to the activity of selective collection, namely, to warn, to prevent parking with the ecopoints which makes it impossible to collect them by ALGAR vehicles, with consequent environmental problems.

 

This partnership has as main objective to improve the articulation between the entities of the region and ALGAR in the resolution of some operational constraints that arise, mainly in periods of greater population concentration in the Algarve. In this way, common methodologies can be defined in both urban cleaning and waste collection, through concerted efforts, optimization of resources and integration of contributions.

  

Open doors policy

ALGAR believes in a policy of open doors and is therefore available to receive regular visits from the population to its Sorting Units, where it is possible to closely observe the reception, handling and all the processing work of the waste that is collected in the ecopoints.

 

The visits are guided and give an opportunity to know the work that is done in the line of sorting with the separation of the high quantity of recyclable materials by row. The flow of the yellow (plastic and metal) container is separated into the different typologies: PET, HDPE, Film, EPS (Styrofoam), Mixed Plastics, ECAL (Cardboard Packaging for Liquid Foods), Ferrous and Non-Ferrous Metals. With regard to the flow of the blue container (paper and carton) received, one can observe the separation of contaminants such as grease and other dirty papers, followed by their preparation for baling. As for the material from the green container (glass), it is possible to observe its sorting, in an independent line, where the plastic bags and other undifferentiated waste are incorrectly mixed with these packages.

 

At the end of the activity, the visitor checks that the different materials, after being collected in the ecopoints, by flow, are sent to the sorting units, where they are better sorted, baled (with the exception of glass), packed and consigned to the recycling industry.

 

More information at: www.algar.com.pt

Valorsul and Rio Maior to recycle! APRIL 24, 2019

This year, almost 1 ton of material from the Rio Grande Tasquinhas EcoEvento was sent to recycle: about 250 kg paper and board and close to 750 kg of plastic and metal.

 

Valorsul, EGF's concessionaire for the regions of Lisbon (North) and West, once again awarded the "Ecoevento" certification to the Tasquinhas de Rio Maior. The 34th edition of this celebration took place from March 29 to April 10 and had about 100 thousand visitors. The commitment, assumed by the Municipality of Rio Maior to promote the proper waste management of this event and the planning in partnership with Valorsul, shows that it is possible to separate to recycle always and in all spaces.

 

 

 

Valorsul's support provided equipment, information materials on the rules of recycling and the "Cleaning Brigade", which ensured the correct separation of the waste, in addition to the collection itself by the Valorsul team.

Awareness actions at AMARSUL APRIL 23, 2019

Amarsul, EGF's concessionaire in the Setúbal peninsula, is promoting awareness campaigns along the ecological islands following the reinforcement of the ecopoint network and a closer approach to the population that makes packaging separation a more comfortable task.

 

In several municipalities, this reinforcement has been made with containers with a capacity of 1,100 liters (smaller than the traditional ecopoints of 2,500 liters), creating ecological islands. This project, co-financed by POSEUR - Operational Program for Sustainability and Efficiency in the Use of Resources, aims to increase and optimize the recyclable quantities separated at source.

 

 

 

 

In this context, Amarsul is promoting awareness-raising activities in the ecological islands, where dedicated teams clarify all doubts regarding the separation of recyclable waste, helping citizens to check that the waste they are depositing in the containers is properly separated. At the end of the awareness raising action, a pedagogical offer is made available.


The awareness began on April 15, in the Municipality of Barreiro, after installing more than 400 containers for paper and cardboard (blue cover) and plastic or metal (yellow cover) containers, with about 370 actions being programmed. Subsequently, more actions will take place in the remaining municipalities of the region, making a total of 2,990 shares.

 

With the correct separation of recyclables by citizens, less waste is sent to landfill, and everyone benefits: less will be the tons of waste subject to the rate of deposition paid by the Municipalities and will be more quantities selectively collected by Amarsul for recycling.

Less organics in the landfill APRIL 22, 2019

Resiestrela, an EGF concessionaire in Cova da Beira, increased its biodegradable municipal waste processing capacity, as part of an investment of €1,137,400, in the implementation of a new Biodegradable Urban Waste Maturation Park (RUB).

 

With this investment, it will be possible to reduce the deposition of RUB in landfill by increasing the existing Mechanical and Biological Treatment capacity in order to meet the targets established by the PERSU 2020.

 

The construction of a covered biological maturation park (maturation) has expanded the existing maturation area at the Fundão Urban Solid Waste Treatment Center, as well as the acquisition of turning equipment for piles of organic material.

 

It will thus be guaranteed the additional treatment of 10,000t of RUB, in order to obtain a quality organic compound and in compliance with the legislation inherent to fertilizer matters.

 

With this investment, Resiestrela will promote the valorization of the total of the rubs received, avoiding that part of the organic matter present in this waste, is destined to the sanitary landfill. This investment is integrated in an application approved by the POSEUR - Operational Program Sustainability and Efficiency in the Use of Resources, financed by 85%.

 

 

VALORSUL: 120 trees saved APRIL 16, 2019

As part of the World Tree Day celebrations, the "Paper Exchange for Plants" campaign in Alcobaça managed to recycle about 8 tons of paper and cardboard.

 

During 3 days, the municipality offered plants and kits of ecopoints to those who delivered paper, magazines, newspapers and cards to recycle, in an EcoEvento with the support of Valorsul (EGF concessionaire for the regions of Lisbon (North) and West.

 

As a financial contribution, Valorsul delivered € 435 to the municipality, but the biggest contribution of this environmental event was to avoid the slaughter of 120 trees.

Quality of Service Awards APRIL 12, 2019

Valorsul and Valorminho, EGF's concessionaires, were awarded the seal of quality for urban waste management services, awarded by ERSAR (the Portuguese Regulator) and the Jornal Água e Ambiente, in a ceremony held at the 13th Waste Forum.

 

There were eight municipal waste management entities. ERSAR 2018 service quality seals and premiums (waste line) are part of the ERSAR 2018 Regulatory Entity Awards and Quality Stations of Water and Waste Services.

 

In the category "Quality seal of the service of urban waste management between entities" were distinguished:

- VALORMINHO - Valorization and Treatment of Solid Waste, S.A.
- VALORSUL - Valorization and Treatment of Solid Waste in the Regions of Lisbon and Oeste, S.A.

 

In the category "Quality seal of the service of management of municipal waste to the consumer" were distinguished:

- Alenquer Town Hall
- Ílhavo City Hall
- Lisbon City Council
- City Hall of Santa Maria da Feira
- INOVA-Economic and Social Development Company of Cantanhede, E.M., S.A.
- Intermunicipal Services of Water and Waste of the Municipalities of Loures and Odivelas
 

 

The entities distinguished with the seals are evidenced by ensuring compliance, during the last period with regulatory evaluation, of a set of criteria set forth in the regulation of the initiative. Valorsul and INOVA were also recognized with Prémiod and Excellence. The selection of the distinguished entities was done according to the regulation "Awards and Stamps of the Water and Waste Services, Data for 2017".

 

This ERSAR initiative is carried out with the collaboration of a jury, which also includes several entities representing the sector, namely the Portuguese Water Distribution and Drainage Association (APDA), the Portuguese Association of Sanitary and Environmental Engineering (APESB), the (APRH), the Association for Waste Management (ESGRA), the Portuguese Association of Environmental Technologies Companies (APEMETA) and the Portuguese Association for Consumer Protection (DECO).

 

Watch the report on EGF's participation in this event HERE

EGF in the National Waste Forum APRIL 10, 2019

The EGF supported and was present at the 13th National Waste Forum, a regular meeting and reference of the sector, which took place between 10 and 11 April at the Museu do Oriente in Lisbon.

 

The participation was carried out by Filipa Pantaleão, Business Developer and by Ana Loureiro, Director of Communication, who on April 11 presented and discussed the new system of deposit of drinks packaging and its integration in SIGRE and the themes of the Waste Agenda 2020, with a specific presentation on the role of the citizen.

 

Once again, this forum has marked the year with themes that will provide sure clues to the future path of the industry, which will include the application of the new waste directive, PERSU 2020+, to the themes of the Agenda 2020, among other topics .

 

In this Forum, the excellence of the management entities of the waste management service was also honored at a ceremony of awarding quality awards and stamps, an ERSAR initiative organized in partnership with the Water and Environment Journal. This year, the EGF dealers, Valorminho and Valorsul, will be distinguished, with Valorsul also being awarded the Service Excellence award.

 

Watch the report on this event HERE

ALGAR invests: Selective Collection APRIL 03, 2019

Algar, EGF's concessionaire in the Algarve region, acquired 7 new vehicles to reinforce the selective collection activity, in the total investment value of 1.2 M €, being co-financed in 85% by the Operational Program for Sustainability and Efficiency in the Use of Resources (POSEUR), Portugal 2020 and the European Union through the Cohesion Fund.

 

This acquisition enabled the company to increase the capacity of the fleet by 32%. In this way conditions were created to assure the needs of the selective collection of, counting now the company with a park of 29 vehicles. The new vehicles are equipped with the latest motorization technology in compliance with the EURO VI (gas emission) standard.

 

 

 

Algar thus pursues its strategy to cope with the increased production of recyclable packaging waste deposited in ecopoints. The values ​​of January and February of this year show a 22% increase in the amount of recyclables collected in the three flows (plastic and metal, paper/cardboard, glass), when compared to the same period. The strong investment made by Algar in 2018 contributed to this result, by placing around 750 new ecopoints on the public highway.

 

The reinforcement of these equipment will continue in 2019 with the installation of approximately 350 new ecopoints. In this way more than 3900 ecopoints will be available (12,800 containers). The objective is to guarantee the ratio of one ecopoint per 126 inhabitants.

 

More information at www.algar.com.pt

Recycle Bingo: another prize! MARCH 29, 2019

APP Recycle Bingo was again recognized, this time by APCE - Portuguese Business Communication Association. during the award ceremony of communication, which took place on March 28 at Casino do Estoril. RecycleBingo received the award for Best Digital Support, and already has a total of 5 more prizes in its curriculum:

 

- Sapo Creativity Awards 2018 recognized as winner Recycle Bingo, in the services category.

- Media Awards & Advertising (GOLD)

- XX Annual Advertising Festival, organized by the Clube de Criativos de Portugal: silver in two categories - Mobile APPs and Mobile Games - and bronze in User Design Experience (UX).

 

 

Results achieved until December 2018

+ 20,000 downloads
+ 8,700 users
Privacy Policy
+ 7,600 followers on facebook
 

EGF was a finalist with 5 projects

In addition to APP Recycle Bingo, EGF also had 4 other finalist projects:

- EcoEventos - Category Campaign / Services

- Campaign Recycle is Worth More - Category Innovation in Communication

- Ecovalor Program - External Social Responsibility Category

- Plastics and Marine Environment - External Events Category (up to 1,000 people)

 

 The total information about the finalist projects can be consulted HERE

  

About the APP

The main mission of the game is to make visits to our usual Ecoponto. Through geolocation our Smartphone, the App knows that we are close to it.
Upon check-in we unlock a set of friendly animals, the EcoGifts, with which we fill our BinGo cards. Each time we complete a card, we earn EcoMoedas - which we can exchange for great prizes, such as movie tickets, discount vouchers, and more. In addition to this main mission, the application is launching special surprise missions with the aim of improving Portuguese knowledge about recycling, maintaining the involvement with BinGo Recycle and of course rewarding the most friends of the planet.

 

More information about APP at www.recyclebingo.pt

EGF at Talkfest'19 MARCH 22, 2019

EGF was present at the Talkfest 2019, an International Forum of Music Festivals, for organizers, held in Lisbon at the Museum of Communications on 22th March.

 

The participation was assured by the Director of Communication, Ana Loureiro, who presented the EcoEvents campaign and the measures and supports that the festivals can have to be more sustainable, with a main focus on the theme of waste management.

 

This initiative was attended by the Minister of Culture, Graça Fonseca, who called for the need for festivals to be increasingly sustainable and was once again the showcase of current themes that interfere in the sphere of festivals.

 

 

Promoters, presidents, mayors, artists, journalists and service providers together inside and outside the various auditoriums / rooms for the acquisition of tools and enhancement of their network of contacts The news was given firsthand at festivals, : the presentation of the Amsterdam Dance Event case study by its director; the interview with Rototom Sunsplash's director of communication and the presentation of the 2018 edition of "The profile of the festival" (APORFEST study) which indicated an increase in the number of festivals consumed.

 

The EGF also presented a ranking of more sustainable events in 2019, out of a total of 200 EcoEvents carried out in its area of ​​intervention. The aftermovie of this initiative can be seen HERE

 

 

 

TalkFest'19 numbers

- 1050 spectators: Iberian Festival Awards [day 1 - 500pax); Talkfest [day 2 - 550pax]
- 599 insertions mass media + online (Portugal and Spain> month of the event)
- 426 entities present (Portugal, Spain, Brazil, Italy, France, Germany, Netherlands, United Kingdom)
- 9% Foreign Talkfest + 59% Foreign Iberian Festival Awards
- 315 External Roomnights - 247 Iberian Festival Awards + 68 Talkfest (presence of jury, staff, speakers, bands, festival elements and present companies)
- 85 speakers (5 of them international)
- 48 sponsors and media partners

Carnival: record-breaking recycling MARCH 14, 2019

The Torres Vedras Carnival has hit the recycling record this year. Valorsul, EGF's concessionaire for the North and West Lisbon regions, received 13 tons of recycled packaging, divided into 7 tons of plastic and metal; more than 4 tons of glass and close to 2 tons of paper and cardboard, hitting the recycling record of this event.

 

Due to this good performance, Valorsul will deliver a counterpart in the amount of 1,950 euros. This year, the municipality decided that the donation will be given to the Humanitarian Association of the Torres Vedras Volunteer Firefighters. The event also had the support of Novo Verde, with "human ecopoints" that helped make separation even easier and fun.

 

 

 

25 ECOEVENTS IN VALORSUL IN 2018

 

Every year, Valorsul challenges the municipalities that organize events to request the classification of Ecoevent. Valorsul provides training and support for proper waste management and a financial contribution according to the amount of waste collected selectively. In 2018, at Valorsul, 25 EcoEvents were promoted, which enabled the recycling of more than 100 tons of material and support to numerous institutions to which the counterpart was given.

 

AND AFTER THE EVENT, WHAT HAPPENS TO THE MATERIAL?

 

Recyclable materials selectively collected during events in the West region (plastics, metals, glass, paper and cardboard) are diverted from the landfill and transported to the Valorsul sorting center in the municipality of Cadaval, where they will be prepared to be accepted for each of the recycling industries, to whom they will be delivered.

RESINORTE - Campaign in Lamego MARCH 08, 2019

Resinorte, EGF Concessionaire in the North Central region, in partnership with the Lamego City Council, is reinforcing the network of selective waste collection in its region, through the installation of new containers throughout the county, integrated in the campaign of environmental awareness "Set the Right Container!".

 

The selective collection allows the reduction of urban waste deposited in landfills and the valuation of the collected material, promoting the environmental sustainability and reducing the environmental impacts caused. At this moment, several actions of environmental awareness and dissemination are planned in Lamego, especially in educational establishments and parish councils, with the aim of promoting waste separation and adopting measures that promote sustainability.


These containers are made up of 1,100 liters containers, with different colors depending on the materials to be recycled (paper / carton, packaging and metal, glass), thus complementing the offer of the already installed ecopoints.

Door to door in Resiestrela FEBRUARY 18, 2019

The new collection service will begin in March, with recyclable materials in the Municipalities of Almeida, Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo, Fornos de Algodres and Meda.

 

Resiestrela, the EGF concessionaire responsible for the concession of the Multi-municipal System for Selective Collection, Recovery and Treatment of Urban Solid Waste of Cova da Beira, will implement a door-to-door collection service for recyclable materials in 4 municipalities. This service will start at the beginning of March in the Municipalities of Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo, Fornos de Algodres, Meda and Almeida.

 

The initiative is articulated with the respective local authorities, namely with the contact with the merchants and with the presentation of the door-to-door collection service for small shops and services, which will be held until the end of February.

 

This action aims to promote the increase in the collection of recyclable materials, Glass, Paper / Cardboard and Plastic, as it is found that the waste containers in some areas contain large quantities of recyclable materials that were being taken for undifferentiated treatment. From now on these materials can be valued through the new collection service that Resiestrela provides, with benefit to the environment and the consequent reduction of its treatment costs borne by the Municipality.

 

This service will be carried out free of charge for the user entities, by a properly identified car and Resiestrela employees, and will be provided weekly in shops and services that wish to join the door-to-door collection of recyclable materials.

 

The Resiestrela and the Municipalities that are already and will be served by the new door-to-door collection of recyclable materials in small commerce and services, believe that the promotion of environmental awareness of entrepreneurs / merchants, will allow, with a collective effort , increase the recycling of materials, improving the quality of life of each of us.

VALORLIS Increases recycling FEBRUARY 10, 2019

In 2018, selective collection in Valorlis' area increased by 11% compared to 2017. In all materials: glass; paper and board; plastic and metal, the increase was notorious, with the separation of paper and paperboard showing the highest growth (15% more than in the previous year). There was a very positive evolution in the separation of plastic and metal for recycling (another 14%), with glass separation increasing by 4%.

 

As a result, a total of 11,141 tonnes of waste was sent to VALORLIS for recycling, including 4,248 tonnes of glass, 4,858 tonnes of paper / carton and 2,035 tonnes of plastic and metal packaging. The involvement of the population of the six municipalities in the Valorlis area of ​​intervention was essential to achieve these results, they are to be congratulated!

 

The selective collection effort in the municipalities of Valorlis area of ​​influence (Batalha, Leiria, Marinha Grande, Ourém, Pombal and Porto de Mós) resulted in the saving of more than 72 thousand trees, saved enough energy to keep a television connected for more than 1,150 years old, a metal that makes it possible to manufacture more than 8.5 million cans of 0.33 liters, enough plastic to produce more than 7.5 million XL t-shirts and the amount of glass that can produce about 12.1 million of 0.75 liter bottles.

 

Marta Guerreiro, Chief Executive Officer of Valorlis, stresses that "Valorlis recognizes the efforts of the population and thanks all their contribution, which is essential for the selective collection, seeking to reciprocate with an ever better service and that meets their needs."

 

Each citizen of the region, by separating and depositing the waste in the right container, contributed to the fact that by the end of 2018 it was possible to send materials for recycling to produce or save very significant resources "selective disposal is already a priority for many residents, but we have awareness that our efforts to raise awareness should be maintained, with simple and direct language, in order to show all people that it is possible to make a difference ", explains Marta Guerreiro.

 

"We believe that together it will be possible to reinforce our region by 2019 as a benchmark in recycling targets and to meet the demanding goals that we put in terms of material sent for recycling by 2020. These are small efforts we make in our day- which will make all the difference in the very near future, "she adds.

EGF - Challenges of the Triennium FEBRUARY 5, 2019

EGF presented in Loures the challenges for the next 3 years, in a national meeting of Employees of the Holding and of the 11 Concessionaires, which accomplished the goals and strategies to be followed.

 

The challenges are many and ambitious. The waste sector is experiencing troubled times with many uncertainties and variables, which fit the objectives of the new strategic plan for the sector (PERSU 2020+).

 

It is in this context that the key Administrations and Employees of the company met to set priorities on such important issues as the extension of partnerships with municipalities, the technological adaptations of the infrastructures or the intelligent expansion of the selective collection of packaging.

 

 

The meeting was supported by the municipality of Loures, Valorsul's shareholder, in a reference space such as the Vieira da Silva Municipal Gallery, located in the Adão Barata Parc.

ALGAR overcomes targets FEBRUARY 03, 2019

ALGAR, the EGF concessionaire for the Algarve region, presented excellent results on the quantities of packaging waste collected. In 2018, the company responsible for the collection and treatment of municipal solid waste in the 16 municipalities of the Algarve reached in the last four months the value of 12,977 t of material collected, representing an exponential growth of 12% corresponding to an increase of 1,353 t year period.

 

Analysis of the data shows that ALGAR collected a total of 39,543 t of waste from the selective collection activity in 2018. This excellent result is a reference in national terms, as it indicates the separation / disposal of recyclable packaging by the population in ecopoints with a capitation of 89.9 kg / year inhabitants.

 

 

For this performance, the investment made by the company in 2018, amounting to 1,415 thousand euros in the acquisition / installation of 781 new ecopoints, distributed in the 16 counties of the Algarve. A very significant project for the region, co-financed by the Operational Program for Sustainability and Efficiency in the Use of Resources (POSEUR), Portugal 2020 and the European Union, through the Cohesion Fund.

 

The placement of the new equipment is already bearing fruit since it allowed a growth of 7 827m3 in the deposition capacity, corresponding to an increase of about 30% in the number of containers made available to the Algarve population. At present, the 16 municipalities of the Algarve can count on a network of about 3 500 ecopoints, which translates into the ratio of one ecopoint per 126 inhabitants.

 

As a result, from January to December 2018, ALGAR collected approximately 31.8 kg / inhabitant of paper / cardboard for recycling; 35.7 kg / h of glass; 18.6 kg / hr of plastic / metal.

 

The quantities collected by ALGAR between January and December 2018 were higher than those recorded in the same period of 2017. It should be noted that the collection of undifferentiated waste did not increase in the quantities collected in the year 2018, which indicates a greater adhesion to the selective separation by part of the population.

 

It was above all with the active, committed and conscious participation of the population that these results were achieved. It was thus verified that the various awareness campaigns promoted by ALGAR, together with the Algarve, were effective and contributed to these results, of which the entire population should be proud.

 

ALGAR will continue to bet on increasing proximity to the Algarvian municipalities, through environmental education campaigns, with a view to continuous improvement of services provided to the population.

AMARSUL: Project in Setúbal JANUARY 27, 2019

Fishing for a Sea Without Garbage arrived in Setúbal - Amarsul, the EGF concessionaire for the Setúbal peninsula, developed a partnership with DOCAPESCA for this project, by providing a dedicated container to the separation of plastic packaging produced on board fishing vessels.

 

 

After the start in Peniche, Ilha de Culatra, Aveiro, Figueira da Foz and Sesimbra, the project The Fishing for a Sea Without Garbage has now been extended to this fishing port, in an initiative of the Ministry of the Sea that is being developed by Docapesca in partnership with the Portuguese Lixo Marinho Association (APLM).

 

 

 

The project counts on the participation of Setubalpesca, SESIBAL, Bivalmar, Setúbal City Hall, Setúbal Freguesias Union, Amarsul, Setúbal and Sesimbra Ports Administration, Ocean Alive and For-Mar.

 

Fishing for a Waste Free Sea aims to improve the management of waste generated on board and captured in fishing gear at sea, promoting the recovery and recycling of such waste.

 

This project brings together fishermen and ports, improving the environmental conditions of the Portuguese coastal zone and preserving marine ecosystems, involving 1074 fishermen, 310 vessels, 23 partner entities and 13 associations and producer organizations.

RESINORTE renews certification JANUARY 25, 2019

Resinorte, concessionaire of EGF in the North/Centre of Portugal, renewed the certification of the Integrated Quality, Environment and Safety Management System.


The company has been certified since 2009 in accordance with the normative references of Quality, Environment and Occupational Health and Safety.

Considering the issuance of new quality and environment references of 2015, as well as the obligation to carry out the transition and consequent execution of a transition audit with a view to issuing new certificates according to these benchmarks, Resinorte carried out the said audit in the year of 2018.

 

 

 


As a consequence of this audit, the certifying entity considered that the conditions for the transition to the new standards of Quality (NP EN ISO 9001: 2015) and Environment (NP EN ISO 14001: 2015), as well as the renewal of the Safety reference and Health at Work (NP 4397/2008 and OHSAS 18001: 2017).

 

This process culminated in the receipt of said Certificates, by the certifying entity (APCER).

Resinorte acknowledges and appreciates the commitment of all its employees in obtaining this certification.

 

More information: www.resinorte.pt

EcoSchools is an EcoEvent JANUARY 16, 2019

Algar, EGF's concessionaire in the Algarve region, delivered the first EcoEvento seal of 2019 to the National Seminar Eco-Escolas 2019, an initiative promoted by the ABAE - Blue Flag Association of Europe - Eco-Schools with the support of the Lagoa City Council, which was held from January 18 to 20 at the Arade Congress Center and was attended by around 400 teachers, technicians from municipalities working with the Eco-Schools program and other professionals involved in environmental education.

 

Algar promotes concrete initiatives that turn events into good environmental examples. The objective is to ensure that the organizers ensure the proper management of waste produced in the event venues, preventing their production, motivating their reuse, recycling and sensitizing the participants to collaborate in this collective movement.

 

In 2018 there were many and varied good examples of EcoEventos in the Algarve region: Festival Med (Loulé); Fatacil (Lagoon); Carnival (Loulé); 37th International Motorcycle Concentration (Faro); Medieval Fair of Silves; Mamamaratona (Portimão); Paddle Out For Nature (Vila do Bispo); Mediterranean Diet Fair (Tavira), among others. The numerous festivals of the 16 municipalities allowed to send more than 30 thousand kilos of recyclables for valorization, diverting these residues from the deposition in embankment.

 

In addition to supporting the initiative, ALGAR was involved in the Eco-Show exhibition, the Environment Fair that took place in parallel to the seminar, in the same place, through the presence of the Environmental Education Vehicle (VEA), where it provided information on the projects underway in the scope of the company's communication and environmental awareness activities. Visitors who passed the VEA were given the Guide with all the awareness activities carried out by the company, free of charge, for schools and municipalities in the Algarve region. Algar distributed ecobags and informative signs for incentive in the domestic separation / disposal of recyclable packaging.

 

What is an EcoEvent

An EcoEvent is a one-off initiative, certified by the EGF concessionaires, which takes place in a pre-defined space, for a limited period of time, where appropriate environmental measures are carried out, contributing to the sustainability of the region. EcoEventos are supported with an appropriate selective collection service adapted to their size, local awareness and economic benefits associated with the number of properly separated packages.

 

This initiative is part of an environmental communication strategy in the implementation phase of all EGF Group concessionaires, which combines social innovation and results focus, in a methodology that has been financed by POSEUR (Cohesion Fund) and practice is to make the citizen recycle everything, always and everywhere.

VALORSUL recycling record JANUARY 14, 2019

The company complied in 2018 with all the environmental goals with less costs for the inhabitants and exceeded the recyclable record.

 

Valorsul, EGF concessionaire in the regions of Lisbon and Oeste, met in 2018, all environmental targets imposed by the Portuguese State to recycling and diversion of waste from landfills.

 

From last year there was an increase in all materials: glass; paper and board; plastic and metal. In total, more than 9 thousand tons of recyclable material were brought into the Company's Sorting Centers from the previous year and exceeded.

 

 

The separation of paper and cardboard cartons was recorded in higher growth (up 17% on the previous year). There was a very positive change in the separation of plastic and metal for recycling (another 14%) and the recycling trend of 6%.

 

Every inhabitant of the region sent, on average, 50 kg of materials to recycle. The company also met a target of not exceeding 23% of biodegradable waste deposited in landfills.

 

This offer was obtained at around 30 million euros for investments originally planned (thus with less costs for citizens). The investment was replaced by an existing betting optimization strategy and infrastructure sharing.

 

West Region registers the highest growth

 

In the 14 municipalities of the West of Valorsul, this change is still more positive, with growth of more than 26% in the shipment of plastic and metal. The strong growth was due to a strong investment in the selective rate, carried out by the company with more than 1500 ecopoints, plus 28 collection vehicles and awareness campaigns.

Amarsul wins the prize JANUARY 05, 2018

Amarsul, EGF's concessionaire in the Setúbal peninsula, wins an energy efficiency award.

 

The prize refers to the Palmela ecopark, which won a prize for the results obtained in the reduction of specific energy consumption, under the SGCIE - Energy Intensive Consumption Management System.

 

This facility gains special visibility with the adoption of good practices by exceeding the targets set for all energy performance indicators, achieving a reduction of over 200% compared to the legal targets of the energy consumption rationing plan (PREN), with the recovery of biogas for the production of electric energy and through the installation of solar thermal system for the production of AQS (Sanitary Warm Waters).

 

The savings resulting from this measure, through the production of electricity with endogenous resources, contributed significantly to the achievement of the energy performance targets.

 

The award was presented by the Secretary of State for Energy and Energy Transition - João Galamba, at an event organized by the General Direction of Energy and Geology, with the support of the Order of Engineers, last December 2018, at the Headquarters of the Order of Engineers, in Lisbon, during the event "Energy Efficiency: the Road to a More Competitive Industry".

 

The SGCIE applies to a set of companies and facilities to increase their energy efficiency taking into account the need to safeguard their competitive base in the global economy. With this award from the Directorate-General for Energy and Geology, Amarsul recognizes its continuous work and is making a significant contribution to national goals, in favor of a better environment, not only through its activity in the treatment of municipal and selective collection of recyclable waste, but also in the management of energy resources.

ERSUC - More containers available! DECEMBER 2016, 2018
ALGAR and ICNF - Christmas Campaign DECEMBER 17, 2018

Protect the Forest - this is Algar's latest campaign, EGF's concessionaire for the Algarve region with the Institute of Nature Conservation and Forests - Algarve (ICNF). The campaign reflects the concern of both entities to make the Algarve greener and resilient to climate change, and will take place at all Algar facilities (www.algar.com.pt), starting on December 17th.

 

Customers coming to the company's facilities to deliver waste will receive forest plants from the ICNF Forest nurseries (holm oaks or cypresses) and bags of the NUTRIVERDE® compost produced by Algar through green waste. The objective of this action is to sensitize the population to the importance of forest protection, especially given the numerous fires that have been felt in our country and in particular in the region. The consequences are harmful, they affect biodiversity, sometimes extinguishing plants and animals, strip soil that in extreme atmospheric conditions, such as heavy rains, suffer dragging and loss of land. The initiative aims to encourage the Algarvians to plant a tree, as a way of contributing to the increase of plant cover and preservation of ecosystem services in the region.

 

 

About Nutriverde®

NUTRIVERDE® is produced by ALGAR from green waste. It is a 100% natural organic compound that, besides being not aggressive and polluting to nature, brings numerous benefits to the soil, as it combats erosion and improves its physical, chemical and biological properties. Its excellent quality promotes higher yields in agricultural crops.

 

NUTRIVERDE® can be purchased at ALGAR's premises during the hours of operation. The company has 3 Green Composting Units in operation, in Portimão, São Brás de Alportel and Tavira. NUTRIVERDE® deliveries can be made by ALGAR, under conditions to be agreed with the customer.

 

Currently the sale of NUTRIVERDE® and NUTRIVERDE PREMIUM® is carried out in bulk and in big bag (packing with about 800 kg). For more information about NUTRIVERDE® see www.algar.com.pt

RESULIMA - Christmas Campaign DECEMBER 14, 2018

Resulima, an EGF Concessionaire in the north of the country, in partnership with the Municipality of Viana do Castelo, with the Municipalized Services of Basic Sanitation and with the Center for Environmental Monitoring and Interpretation, will promote a campaign to recycle the wrapping paper between December 24 and January 6. The initiative provides for the installation of 40 containers in residential areas of the county.

 

The campaign aims to promote the correct separation of waste, namely the paper that is used for gift wrapping, since every year after Christmas night, it is verified that the wrapping paper is deposited in the equipment destined to domestic waste , thus depriving itself of a vital resource for circular economy.

 

 

 

Throughout the campaign, 40 containers will be made available in the city, duly identified, destined to the deposition of the wrapping paper. Containers will be installed in residential areas, where there is greater distance from the common ecopoints, thus providing the Vianese with the equipment needed to properly dispose of the paper.

 

For more information: www.resulima.pt

Planetariums touring the country NOVEMBER 30, 2018

There are two itinerant planetariums that circulate in the country's schools, explaining in a fun and innovative way how to adopt appropriate environmental behavior in the area of ​​urban waste prevention, reuse and recycling.

 

This project is part of the Ecovalor Program and is presented to educational institutions, located in the intervention areas of the concessionaires, enrolled in the activity Our House is One Planet.

 

This environmental education action presents 3 specially designed films with contents suitable for 3 different audiences: kindergarten; 1st, 2nd and 3rd Cycles; Secondary / Adult.

 

 

 

With an innovative approach and projected in itinerant planetariums, the sensitization actions include, besides the presentation of the films, games on the environmental theme and delivery of pedagogical materials that allow to consolidate the obtained knowledge.

 

For more information about this activity, click HERE

Recycle Bingo - One more award NOVEMBER 26, 2018

The mobile application that gives real awards to those who recycle also wins awards.

 

The Sapo Creativity Awards 2018 recognized Recycle Bingo as winner in services category. Out of several dozen nominees, the SAPO Awards distinguished the best creativity, talent and innovation in Portugal in terms of digital communication.

 

This application has already been awarded this year by the Media & Advertising Awards (OURO) and received the silver award in two categories - Mobile APPs and Mobile Games - and bronze in User Design Experience (UX), awards of the XX Annual Advertising Festival, organized by Clube de Criativos de Portugal.

 

 

So far Recycle BinGo has 17,200 downloads, 7,600 users, 23,000 check-ins and 6,343 facebook fans.

 

With this app going to the usually "ecoponto" is an animation and we believe Recycle BinGo will help us all to meet the national recycling targets.

 

That is why this is probably the friendliest earth game, which results from a cowork between VALORSUL, AMARSUL and VALORLIS. The three companies treat and value about a quarter of all urban waste in the country and have a significant responsibility to meet the demanding recycling targets by 2020. This project has been funded by the Environmental Fund and is already available in ALGAR and ERSUC.

 

 

About the APP Recycle BinGo

 The main mission of the game is to make visits to our usual container for selective collection “Ecoponto”. Through geolocation in our Smartphone, the App knows that we are close to it.

When we check in, we unlock a set of friendly animals, the EcoGifts, with which we fill our BinGo cards. Each time we complete a card, we earn EcoMoedas - which we can exchange for great prizes, such as movie tickets, discount vouchers, and more. In addition to this main mission, the application is launching special surprise missions with the aim of improving Portuguese knowledge about recycling, maintaining involvement with Recycle BinGo and of course rewarding the most friends on the planet.

 

About Valorsul
Valorsul is responsible for the treatment and recovery of urban waste from 19 municipalities in the Lisbon area and the western region: Alcobaça, Alenquer, Amadora, Arruda dos Vinhos, Azambuja, Bombarral, Cadaval, Caldas da Rainha, Lisbon, Loures, Lourinhã, Nazaré, Óbidos, Odivelas, Peniche, Rio Maior, Sobral de Monte Agraço, Torres Vedras, Vila Franca de Xira. Valorsul values ​​20% of all domestic waste produced in Portugal, serving 1.6 million inhabitants. Valorsul produces and exports 2% of national domestic consumption to the eletrical grid.

Additional information: Joana Xavier - Communication and Sensitization - Valorsul, SA Tel.21 953 59 91 Mobile: 939900503 E-mail: joana.xavier@valorsul.pt

 

Algar - New Containers NOVEMBER 23, 2018

Algar, S.A., the company responsible for the valorization and treatment of urban waste in the Algarve, is investing within the scope of the Operational Plan of the Activity of Selective Collection, with the objective of improving the quality of the service provided to the population and visitors of the region. The company is strengthening the number of containers in places of greater population concentration.

 

In a first phase, until the end of the first half of this year, 400 new equipment was installed, and the second phase of placement of another 381 new containers distributed throughout the region has begun, which will be completed by the end of this year. After this reinforcement, the Algarvian population will benefit from an increase in the containerization capacity, corresponding to about 30%, in relation to the number of containers made available for the selective deposition.

 

In addition, we increased the deposition capacity of 355 containers already existing, since in these places of great production of containers we proceeded to the placement of larger containers. With the installation of 781 new equipment and the implementation of these measures, the 16 Municipalities of the Algarve will have a network of about 3500 containers, which translates into the ratio of one container per 126 inhabitants.

 

At the same time, the company is acquiring seven new vehicles for the Selective Collection and recently strengthened its workforce by integrating 6 new employees into the area of ​​collection and sorting of recyclable packaging in order to respond to the production of waste of packaging that are processed at your premises.

 

Algar is also investing in the selective collection of waste from the commerce and services sector, promoting the "Recycle Trade" awareness campaign in more than 2200 commercial establishments, as part of its "Algarlinha" project.

 

 

About ALGAR

ALGAR, Valorisation and Treatment of Solid Waste, SA is responsible for the treatment, valorization of urban waste produced in the Municipalities of Albufeira, Alcoutim, Aljezur, Castro Marim, Faro, Lagoa, Lagos, Loulé, Monchique, Olhão, Portimão, São Brás de Alportel, Silves, Tavira, Vila do Bispo and Vila Real de Santo António.

Additional information: Maria João Carolino: Algar, S.A./ Tel. 289 880 045: 967 758 321 E-mail: gci@algar.com.pt

Waste prevention highlighted! NOVEMBER 14, 2018

The European Week for Waste Prevention is starting - between 17 and 25 November, many actions will be carried out from North to South of the country, all of them with the aim of reducing, reusing and recycling the waste produced.

 

The central theme this year is to warn of the need to reduce the consumption of products with harmful content, but all themes can be addressed. EGF and its Concessionaires have once again aligned themselves with this movement, with continuity actions, but also with initiatives that take place on specific days and times.

 

 

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ALGAR

 

Action: "Solidarity Collection of Used Toys" in favor of ENTRAJUDA

Date: November 17-25

Public: Population in general

Location: All Algar facilities

Brief description: Action to raise used toys (dolls, balls, books, cds, among others) at the Algar facility for distribution to poor families in the Algarve supported by ENTRAJUDA.

 

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Action: Fair "Smile Exchange"

Date: November 17-25

Public: School Population

Location: Schools

Brief description: Algar encourages schools to choose a day at the SEPR for students, teachers and auxiliaries to take some objects that they no longer use (games, CDs, books, clothes, toys, etc.) and promote a trade fair , for other objects that they lack. The purpose of the "Smile Exchange" action is to make everyone happy, increase the lifecycle of objects and alert the school community to the importance of reducing waste and depositing landfill.

 

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Action: Action to raise awareness with Algar's Environmental Education Vehicle

Date: November 19-21

Public: School Population

Location: Escola da Bemposta, Portimão

Brief description: Awareness raising about the theme of the 3R's to the students of Escola da Bemposta.

 

RESULIMA

 

Action: Our house is a planet

Date: 20th and 21st of November

Public: Activity for the school community, developed in partnership with Esposende Ambiente.

Location: Esposende - Center for Environmental Education (Marinhas) and Forjães School Center (Forjães)

Brief description: The project "Our House is a Planet" will be presented to the children of Pre-school Education and students of the 1st, 2nd and 3rd cycles, in ongoing sessions at the Education Center (Navy) and the Forjães School Center. This project is the result of the joint work of the companies ALGAR, ERSUC, RESIESTRELA, RESINORTE, RESULIMA, SULDOURO, VALNOR and VALORMINHO and was supported by the environmental fund and the national environmental education strategy 2020. The themes of reduction, reuse and recycling are approached in an innovative way, using itinerant planetariums and three films projected in 360º, which allows an interactive dynamic with students and participants.

 

 

VALORLIS

 

Action: Domestic Composting is right for you!

Date: November 17, at 3:00 p.m.

Audience: All

Location: Valorlis Facilities

Brief description: Lecture on domestic composting, with draw of domestic composter at the end of the activity.

 

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Action: Bicycle Ride - On the Packaging Route

Date: November 18, at 09 o'clock

Audience: All

Location: Valorlis Facilities

Brief description: Tour with learning about the rules of recycling, with a thematic workshop at the end of the activity.

 

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Action: From the Garden to the Table, with flavor, creativity, without waste

Date: November 24, 2:30 p.m.

Audience: All

Location: Valorlis Facilities

Brief description: Workshop on techniques to avoid waste in the garden and kitchen.

 

VALORMINHO

 

Action: Healthy Business, Healthy Living

Date: November 17-25

Audience: All employees of Valorminho

Location: Valorminho

Brief description: Internal Communication about Waste prevention, substitution of disposable cups in facilities and awareness raising with employees.

 

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Action: Waste prevention, a mission

Date: November 12

Audience: Verdoejo

Location:

Brief description: Lectures on Composting and awareness raising.

 

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Action: Waste Prevention, Goodbye Napkin

Date: November 21

Public: Vila Nova de Cerveira

Location:

Brief description: realization of an individual bag of bread ", in order to replicate the example in the day center.

 

 

VALORSUL

 

Action: Composting, another way to recycle!

Date: November 24

Audience: All residents of the West region

Location: Valorsul facilities, in Cadaval.

Brief description: Training session, with delivery of a practical composting guide and the offer of a composer.

 

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Action: Collection of Hazardous Wastes

Date: November 17-25

Audience: All

Location: Ecocentro Lumiar

Brief description: Collection of hazardous waste such as paint cans, thinners, pesticides, insecticides, photographic fluids, properly packed in sealed packages.

 

 

European Week of Waste Prevention

The European Week for Waste Reduction (EWWR) runs from November 17-25, 2018. The central theme this year is to warn of the need to reduce the consumption of products with hazardous content. It is time to reduce the use of this type of products in the spaces that surround us, such as bathrooms, kitchens, garages, lofts, etc! The aim is to raise public awareness of the need for waste reduction and this initiative is an incentive to reduce the amount of waste produced in Europe.

Valorsul strengthens recycling NOVEMBER, 09 2018

Already 9 of the 14 vehicles that have been reinforced by the selective collection fleet have been delivered to the municipalities of the West region. These vans will support the realization of circuits of greater proximity, in schools and small commerce, for example.

 

This investment is part of Valorsul's investment plan to be carried out until 2021, which totals 55 million euros. The new vehicles will allow to optimize the conditions for the collection of recyclables as well as to increase the amounts sent for recycling.

 

The objective is to provide the municipalities of this region - Alcobaça, Alenquer, Arruda dos Vinhos, Azambuja, Bombarral, Cadaval, Caldas da Rainha, Loures, Lourinhã, Nazaré, Óbidos, Peniche, Rio Maior, Sobral de Monte Agraço and Torres Vedras - additional capacity for recycling, counting on the partnership of the respective local authorities.

 

The availability of these complementary selective collection funds, funded by the POSEUR program, will contribute to the achievement of the recycling targets of PERSU 2020, whose commitment to the Valorsul area means recycling 49 kg of packaging per inhabitant per year.

 

 

About Valorsul

Valorsul is responsible for the treatment and recovery of urban waste from 19 municipalities in the Lisbon area and the western region: Alcobaça, Alenquer, Amadora, Arruda dos Vinhos, Azambuja, Bombarral, Cadaval, Caldas da Rainha, Lisbon, Loures, Lourinhã, Nazaré, Óbidos, Odivelas, Peniche, Rio Maior, Sobral de Monte Agraço, Torres Vedras, Vila Franca de Xira. Valorsul values ​​20% of all domestic waste produced in Portugal, serving 1.6 million inhabitants. Valorsul produces and exports 2% of national domestic consumption to the grid.

Additional information: Joana Xavier - Communication and Awareness - Valorsul, SA

Tel.21 953 59 91 Mobile: 939900503 E-mail: joana.xavier@valorsul.pt

Composting, another way to Recycle NOVEMBER, 06 2018

Domestic composting is a 100% natural process. Vegetables, garden leaves and dry plants gain a new life and become compound to fertilize the earth.

 

"Compostar, another form of Recycling" is a program of awareness and training of Valorsul, for the practice of domestic composting that aims to create the habit of composting in 2,000 families of the 14 municipalities in the Western Region served by Valorsul. The Program foresees 100 training actions for these families, as well as the offer of a composter and a practical composting guide to each family enrolled.

 

For the success of the project it was essential to partner with the municipalities and with the Town Councils that publicized the project, solicited the registrations of the interested families and gave way to the training and logistics of the transportation and delivery of the composers.

 

Interested families living in the West region still have time to attend: on Saturday, November 24, there will be a free training and offer of composer at Cadaval. Just send an application to valorsul@valorsul.pt and wait for confirmation.

 

The Program also has the support of the PO SEUR, which financed training actions and communication materials.

 

Ecovalor - Suldouro awards schools NOVEMBER, 05 2018

EGF´s Concessionaire Suldouro is promoting the Ecovalor Program, a national social innovation project that attributes economic benefits to those who separate used packaging. This program is one of the largest national investments in education and environmental awareness, and is co-financed by POSEUR at around 2.6 million euros.

 

Last October 30, 2018, at the Suldouro infrastructures in Sermonde and, in the presence of representatives of the municipalities of Vila Nova de Gaia and Santa Maria da Feira, the prizes related to the Solidarity Campaign Tonnes of Help were delivered to the educational institutions.

 

The initiative promoted by Suldouro aims to help the social causes designated by the participating schools that during the school year promoted the collection of packaging waste for their respective sending communities for recycling.

 

In the 2017/2018 edition, about 114 tons of recyclable waste were collected, which allowed schools to raise more than 11,000 euros, which will be applied to social causes named by these educational institutions.

 

Suldouro thanks the entire educational community for their commitment and dedication.

Recycle Bingo in the Center Region OCTOBER 27, 2018

Recycle BinGo has arrived in the ERSUC region to spread the "recycling bug", and so the center region joins the companies Valorsul, Valorlis, Amarsul and Algar to reward citizens.

 

Recycle BinGo is a mobile application that promises to leave more and more Portuguese families with the recycle habit. Despite being an app, it works mainly as a game that makes the recycling experience much more fun and rewarding. As?

 

Simple.

 

 

 

The main mission of the game is to make visits to our usual container for recycling our packaging waste. Through geolocation our Smartphone knows that we are close to it. When we check in we unlock a set of friendly animals, the EcoGifts, with which we fill our BinGo cards. Each time we complete a card, we earn EcoCoins - which we can exchange for great prizes, such as movie tickets, discount vouchers, and more.

 

In addition to this main mission, the application is launching special surprise missions in order to improve the knowledge of Portuguese about recycling, to maintain the involvement with Recycle BinGo. And of course, reward the most friends on the planet.

 

Recycle BinGo is available on the App Store and on Google Play.

For more information: www.recyclebingo.pt

Registration open to schools OCTOBER 14, 2018

EGF and all the Concessionaires are starting the Ecovalor Program throughout the country, with a varied educational offer that will reward schools for their environmental performance. In addition to the original and fun awareness actions, a contest is being implemented that effectively pays for the quantity of well-separated packages in the ecopoints.

 

The initiation of the initiative is done with large-scale sensitization actions, with professional monitors, but all will be done in the first term. Entries must be made through this form: REGISTRATION

 

These awareness actions are focused on the theme of urban waste, dedicated to students from pre-school to secondary education and also to teachers, auxiliaries and other educational community, within its area of ​​coverage.

 

 

The ludic-pedagogical actions in question will be energized in educational establishments of the public and private network of the municipalities covered by said concessionaires, at no cost.

 

More information about: Ecovalor Program

ERSUC on TechDays OCTOBER 10, 2018

ERSUC, an EGF Concessionaire in the center of Portugal, will be present at the TechDays event, which will take place in Aveiro from 11 to 13 October.

 

This initiative is organized by the Municipality of Aveiro and presents a three-day program where you can attend conferences, meet innovative projects on education for science and gaming, visit an exhibition where technological innovation reigns and participate in business meetings.

 

ERSUC and EGF sponsor this initiative and will present two innovation projects: the project Our House is a Planet and the Recycle Bingo application, already available at ERSUC.

 

 

 

Our House is a Planet

 

The Action of Environmental Education Our House is a Planet presents 3 films specially designed to be seen in itinerant planetariums, using a 360º projection technique and with contents appropriate to 3 different audiences: kindergarten; 1st, 2nd and 3rd Cycle; Secondary / Adult.

 

                    

 

In an innovative way, the sensitization actions include, in addition to the presentation of the films, games about the environmental theme and delivery of pedagogical materials that allow to consolidate the knowledge obtained by means of information transmission vehicle. The active and passive participation of the public are themselves a national environmental awareness campaign that can be replicated by other entities and with an easy multiplier effect.

 

The themes presented in the Environmental Education Action Our House is a Planet are based on the Reduction, Reuse, Recovery and Recycling of materials and energy, replacing the end-of-life concept of linear economy with concepts of Reuse, Restoration and Renewal. In such a way, the action contributes to active citizenship in the field of sustainable development and to building a low carbon, rational and efficient society in the use of its resources.

 

These itinerant planetariums are touring the country at events and educational establishments. Those interested in receiving these innovative and fun awareness actions should send an email to comunicacao@egf.pt

 

App Recycle Bingo

 

The recycle Bingo application is an APP that promises to leave more and more Portuguese families with the recycle bin. Recycle BinGo is an application, but it works like a game that makes the recycling experience much more fun and rewarding. How?

 

Simple.

 

 

 

The main mission of the game is to make visits to our usual container for selective collection. Through geolocation our Smartphone knows that we are close to it. When we check in we unlock a set of friendly animals, the EcoGifts, with which we fill our BinGo cards. Each time we complete a card, we earn EcoCoins - which we can exchange for great prizes, such as movie tickets, discount vouchers, and more. In addition to this main mission, the application is launching special surprise missions with the aim of improving Portuguese knowledge about recycling, maintaining involvement with Recycle BinGo and of course rewarding the most friends on the planet.

 

Recycle BinGo is now available on the App Store and on Google Play. And to work in the 36 municipalities of ERSUC!

 

We are certain that Recycle BinGo will help us all fulfill this important mission. But for this to happen, this news must spread. Help us spread the recycle bin.

 

We count on you.

 

Find out all about the most friendly game on the planet at: www.recyclebingo.pt

 

About TechDays

Technology has been a part of our daily lives since the beginning of mankind: stone tools, fire control, first garments, algebra, transistors and many other examples. Great dreams, visionary aspirations, unshakable failures, and the ability to overcome ourselves, led mankind to great innovations. Humanity today faces great technological changes that permeate all generations. The technological revolution is present in everything we do. It's a part of our lives. Innovation is changing the way we do business, sustaining the creation of new industries and transforming the society in which we live, at a rapid pace. But all these challenges also bring new opportunities.

RESINORTE: + Selective collection OCTOBER, 07 2018

RESINORTE, the EGF Concessionaire in the North Central of Portugal, has invested around 2.7M € in vehicles for selective collection of packaging.

 

This investment is integrated in an application funded by the Operational Program for Sustainability and Efficiency in the Use of Resources (POSEUR) and, it realizes a strategic option outlined in PAPERSU in response to the challenges introduced by PERSU 2020 regarding the increase of multi-material recycling.

 

By the end of the year, Resinorte will receive 18 vehicles of selective collection of Ecopoints and door to door to improve the service provided to municipalities and citizens, in order to achieve the national objectives of the urban waste management strategy framed by the Community waste policy.

EGF in world congress OCTOBER, 03 2018

EGF was present at the CEWEP Congress dedicated to Energy Enhancement - Making the Circular Economy Happen, which took place in Bilbao (Spain) at the end of September. The participation of the company was assured by Ana Loureiro, Director of Communication, who participated in the panel with the theme Perception of Energy Valorization and learning, moderated by journalist and communicator Katrina Sichel.

 

Participants in the Congress discussed the Circular Economics Package, how to apply the theoretical goals and assumptions that have led the lectures of the Circular Economy Package in recent years to the complex reality. The role of waste of energy as an obvious link between European waste and energy policies was also addressed.

 

The conference was attended by European industry, decision-makers and academics who gathered around the famous Guggenheim museum in Bilbao to discuss the most recent waste policy for energy and technological developments. Participants also took the opportunity to visit Zabalgarbi's waste facility for energy, which thanks to its innovative design achieves very high levels of energy efficiency.

 

For more information on this initiative: www.cewep.eu

Lecture already available on film! OCTOBER, 01 2018

On the last day 26.09 was presented the lecture Plastic and Marine Environment, the 6th conference of the Center for Communication of the Oceans, an initiative sponsored by EGF with the aim of promoting the debate about the sustainability of our seas.

 

A SINGLE AND UNIQUE EVENT

This lecture was held at the Valorsul Screening Center in Lumiar, in a studio prepared for this purpose with 49 plastic bales (PET), a total of 10 tons that will be sent to recycle this week and that can, for example, shirts and Gifts! After the lecture, a visit to the Screening Center was conducted, where the participants had the opportunity to see the whole treatment process of the packages that we put in the ecopoints for recycling.

 

The initiative aims to raise awareness and raise awareness of the problem with a concrete point of view and to present solutions, namely that human behavior must be more conscious so that waste can be prevented, reused and exploited on land so that it never reaches the sea.

 

The lecture is already available, in its entirety, here.

Throughout this week, all previous talks will also be available to the public.

 

ALIGNMENT OF THE SESSION

 

Microplásticos: What are they and what can we do?

- Dra Filipa Bessa - Researcher (biologist) of MARE-University of Coimbra, specializing in microplastics in marine environments.

 

Plastic trash in the seas off the coast of Cascais

- Miguel Lacerda - sailor, diver and leader of a pioneering study on plastic garbage on the cliffs and remote beaches of Cabo da Roca and its surroundings.

 

Prevention, Reuse and Recycling

- Susana Silva - Responsible for the area of ​​Communication and Awareness of the company Amarsul, will present the latest social innovation projects of EGF.

 

About the Oceans Communication Center

The Oceans Communication Center is a project of Nysse Arruda, journalist and curator, nautical specialist for more than 20 years in Portugal, author of several publications and awarded in 2016 by the Femina Prize. It started this project to promote the debate on the essential issues associated with the Sea, and obtained institutional support from several institutions, especially the Presidency of the Republic, the Ministry of the Sea, the Ministry of the Environment, the Lisbon City Council, the Hydrographic Institute, the Sciences of Lisbon, IPMA and Unesco-Portugal.

This project is also sponsored by the Olympic sailors João Rodrigues and Joana Pratas, but also with the Brazilian sailor Torben Grael, the surfer Garret McNamara and the American NGO Marine MegaFauna Mozambique.

 

About EGF

EGF, Environmental Global Facilities, is a European company of reference in the environmental sector and leader in waste treatment and recovery in Portugal. Reinforced by its integration into the MOTA-ENGIL and URBASER Group, EGF is the majority shareholder in 11 waste treatment concessionaries: Algar, Amarsul, Ersuc, Resiestrela, Resinorte, Resulima, Suldouro, Valnor, Valorlis, Valorminho and Valorsul.

 

For more information: Ana Loureiro | 968601711 | ana.loureiro@egf.pt

Plastics and Marine Environment SEP, 26 2018
The EGF and the Center for Communication of the Oceans are organizing the sixth lecture dedicated to the theme of plastics in the marine environment today, 26.09.2018 at 9:30 am in Lisbon.

This lecture is attended by expert speakers and enthusiasts who will present the question in a singular prism in a study built with 10 tons of plastic!

 

This initiative will take place at the Valorsul Screening Center in Lumiar, but will also be broadcast live on www.egf.pt

 

 

 

 

 

ALIGNMENT OF THE SESSION

 

Microplásticos: What are they and what can we do?

- Dra Filipa Bessa - Researcher (biologist) of MARE-University of Coimbra, specializing in microplastics in marine environments.

 

Plastic trash in the seas off the coast of Cascais

- Miguel Lacerda - sailor, diver and leader of a pioneering study on plastic garbage on the cliffs and remote beaches of Cabo da Roca and its surroundings.

 

Prevention, Reuse and Recycling

- Susana Silva - Responsible for the area of ​​Communication and Awareness of the company Amarsul, will present the latest social innovation projects of EGF.

 

A SINGLE AND UNIQUE EVENT


This lecture will take place at the Valorsul Screening Center in Lumiar, in the studio prepared for this purpose with 49 plastic bales (PET), a total of 10 tons that will be sent to recycle this week and that can, for example, shirt. Only in bulk! After the lecture, a visit to the Screening Center will be conducted, where the participants will have the opportunity to see the whole process of treatment of the packages that we put in the ecopoints for recycling.

The initiative aims to raise awareness and raise awareness of the problem with a concrete point of view and to present solutions, namely that human behavior must be more conscious so that waste can be prevented, reused and exploited on land so that it never reaches the sea.

 

About the Oceans Communication Center

The Oceans Communication Center is a project of Nysse Arruda, journalist and curator, nautical specialist for more than 20 years in Portugal, author of several publications and awarded in 2016 by the Femina Prize. It started this project to promote the debate on the essential issues associated with the Sea, and obtained institutional support from several institutions, especially the Presidency of the Republic, the Ministry of the Sea, the Ministry of the Environment, the Lisbon City Council, the Hydrographic Institute, the Sciences of Lisbon, IPMA and Unesco-Portugal.

This project is also sponsored by the Olympic sailors João Rodrigues and Joana Pratas, but also with the Brazilian sailor Torben Grael, the surfer Garret McNamara and the American NGO Marine MegaFauna Mozambique.

 

About EGF

EGF, Environmental Global Facilities, is a European company of reference in the environmental sector and leader in waste treatment and recovery in Portugal.Reinforced by its integration into the MOTA-ENGIL and URBASER Group, EGF is the majority shareholder in 11 waste treatment concessionaries: Algar, Amarsul, Ersuc, Resiestrela, Resinorte, Resulima, Suldouro, Valnor, Valorlis, Valorminho and Valorsul.

 

For more information: Ana Loureiro | 968601711 | ana.loureiro@egf.pt
Unique experience in Lisbon SEPTEMBER 19, 2018

It is already on September 26, at 09h30, in Lisbon, that EGF and the Communication Center of the Oceans will present the lecture Plastics and Marine Environment, which will be held at the Valorsul Sorting Centre in Lumiar.

 

It is an unique and exclusive event that counts with the participation of four great specialists in this theme and that will take place in an environment designed using tons of used plastic packaging. The event will be held in a specially designed amphitheater with plastic bales collected selectively in the Lisbon area and will be broadcast livestream at www.egf.pt

 

 

 

 

PROGRAM

 

09:30 | Guest Reception

 

10:00/11:00 | Beginning of the in-person and livestream debate, moderated by Nysse Arruda, nautical journalist and curator of the Ocean Communication Center

 

Microplastics: What are they and what can we do?

Filipa Bessa, Researcher, MARE-University of Coimbra, specializing in microplastics in marine environments. It cooperates with a number of UNEP initiatives. Won the UN-CleanSeas photo contest.

 

Plastic trash in the seas off the coast of Cascais

Miguel Lacerda, sailor and diver, leader of a pioneering study on plastic garbage on the cliffs and remote beaches of Cabo da Roca and its surroundings.

 

Prevention, Reuse and Recycling under the EGF

Susana Silva, Communication and Awareness Directorate for Amarsul, and will present the latest EGF campaigns to promote environmentally appropriate behavior.

 

11:00 | Coffee break

 

11:20 | Visit to the Valorsul Screening Centre

 

The capacity is limited and the presence subject to registration, which will only be considered valid after sending confirmation.

Entries should be sent to joana.xavier@valorsul.pt

 

Oceans and Marine Litter SEPTEMBER 14, 2018

Next Tuesday, 18.09.2018, will be held the fifth lecture of the Centre for Communication of the Oceans, a project that seeks to unite the Portuguese-speaking publics, face-to-face and virtual (via LiveStream), on different themes related to Oceans

 

This initiative will be attended by Madalena Presumido, Executive Manager of Valorsul, which will address the issue of waste of resources.

 

The session will start on September 18, at 4:00 pm, at the Lisbon Academy of Sciences, which can be attended in person and free of charge, but also in LiveStream at www.ccoceanos.pt

 

 

 

 

ALIGNMENT OF THE 5th SESSION

 

Do you "Percebes"? Pollicipes Pollicipes - life at the edge of the tide

- Teresa Cruz - PhD in Biology and Principal Investigator of MARE - Center for Marine and Environmental Sciences, University of Évora in the State of the percebe projects and AQUAPOLIS + Aquacultura do percebe.

- David Jacinto - PhD in biology from the University of Évora. Researcher in the Research group Estuaries and coastal zones of MARE - Center for Marine and Environmental Sciences, University of Évora.

- Joana N. Fernandes - Researchers at MARE - Center for Marine and Environmental Sciences, University of Évora, integrated in the research team of the research project of the percebe.

 

Tap water: the sustainable option for all

- Celeste Santos Anselmo - Degree in Social Sciences from the Autonomous University of Lisbon, coordinator of the Documentation and Information Center of EPAL. Member of the Board of Directors of "Águas Livres", the Journal of EPAL and, since June 2017, assumed the responsibility of Environmental Education.

 

Know wasted resources

- Madalena Presumido - Licensed in Environmental Engineering, was responsible for several studies and plans in the area of ​​waste in Portugal. She is Executive Manager of Valorsul and a specialist in the area of ​​resource utilization.

 

About the Oceans Communication Center

The Oceans Communication Center is a project of Nysse Arruda, journalist and curator, nautical specialist for more than 20 years in Portugal, author of several publications and awarded in 2016 by the Femina Prize. It started this project to promote the debate on the essential issues associated with the Sea, and obtained institutional support from several institutions, especially the Presidency of the Republic, the Ministry of the Sea, the Ministry of the Environment, the Lisbon City Council, the Hydrographic Institute, the Sciences of Lisbon, IPMA and Unesco-Portugal.

This project is also sponsored by the Olympic sailors João Rodrigues and Joana Pratas, but also with the Brazilian sailor Torben Grael, the surfer Garret McNamara and the American NGO Marine MegaFauna Mozambique.

 

About EGF

EGF, Environmental Global Facilities, is a European company of reference in the environmental sector and leader in waste treatment and recovery in Portugal. Reinforced by its integration into the MOTA-ENGIL and URBASER Group, EGF is the majority shareholder in 11 waste treatment concessionaries: Algar, Amarsul, Ersuc, Resiestrela, Resinorte, Resulima, Suldouro, Valnor, Valorlis, Valorminho and Valorsul.

 

For more information: Ana Loureiro | 968601711 | ana.loureiro@egf.pt

EGF at Agroglobal - Film SEP 12, 2018

The film is now available where you can learn about the presentation of EGF correctives at the AgroGlobal fair, one of the best and biggest events in the area of ​​agriculture in Portugal that took place from September 5 to 7 in Valada do Ribatejo. This fair was attended by all of the industry in a 100% professional way, and it was in this environment of knowledge sharing that aims at the agro-business, that EGF presented its organic correctives.

 

This fair presented a record number of exhibitors, demonstrations and conferences in 2018, and it is in this context that the product was presented that is already a success and that has a great demand for several sectors. Examples of high quality fruits (apples and pears) are being displayed at the site, which are also the result of the application of EGF correctives in the soil of their customers.

 

On September 5, 6 and 7 EGF had the opportunity to present its organic correctives to the main stakeholders in the national agribusiness.

 

See here the film that highlights the participation of the company at the 2018 event.

Recycle BinGo came to Algarve SEPTEMBER 07, 2018

Launched in February by Valorsul, Amarsul and Valorlis, with the support of the Environmental Fund of the Ministry of the Environment, Recycle BinGo finally arrives in the south of the country, by the hand of Algar.

 

Recycle BinGo is a mobile application that promises to leave more and more Portuguese families with the recycle bin. Despite being an app, it works mainly as a game that makes the recycling experience much more fun and rewarding. As?

 

Simple.

 

The main mission of the game is to make visits to our usual Ecoponto. Through geolocation our Smartphone knows that we are close to it. When we check in we unlock a set of friendly animals, the EcoGifts, with which we fill our BinGo cards. Each time we complete a card, we earn EcoMoedas - which we can exchange for great prizes, such as movie tickets, discount vouchers, and more.

 

In addition to this main mission, the application is launching special surprise missions with the aim of improving Portuguese knowledge about recycling, maintaining the involvement with Recycle BinGo. And of course, reward the most friends on the planet.

 

Recycle BinGo is now available on the App Store and on Google Play.

 

Algar, a leading company in the environmental sector in the Algarve region, is responsible for recycling and treating approximately 400 thousand tons of waste annually, serving 16 municipalities, more than 450 thousand inhabitants in the south of the country.

 

We are certain that this association of Algar with Recycle BinGo will help us all to meet the important recycling goals Portugal faces in the short term. For this to happen, this news needs to spread.

 

Help us spread the recycle bin.

 

We count on you.

For more information: gci@algar.com.pt | 289 880 045

EGF at AgroGlobal 2018 SEPTEMBER 07, 2018

EGF is once more at AgroGlobal, the largest national agricultural fair, which takes place from September 5 to 7 in Valada do Ribatejo. This fair counts on the presence of a great number of professionals, and it is in this environment of knowledge and sharing that aims at the agro-business, that EGF presents its organic correctives.

 

 

This fair presents a record number of exhibitors, demonstrations and conferences in 2018, and it is in this context that the product is being presented which is already a success and has a great demand for various sectors. Examples of high quality fruits (apples and pears) are being displayed at the site, which are also the result of the application of EGF correctives in the soil of their customers.

 

For more information: comunicacao@egf.pt

About AgroGlobal: CLICK HERE

Recycle NOW SEPTEMBER 03, 2018

Did you know that on average each Portuguese produces 40 kg of waste per month? That every year we produce a quantity of waste equivalent to the weight of 3 Vasco da Gama Bridges? And, by the simple gesture of separating our used packaging, can we contribute significantly to the increase of recycling in Portugal?

 

Doubts and curiosities about waste management and recycling in Portugal can be clarified in the latest video "RECYCLE IS NOW". The action is the result of a partnership between EGF - Environmental Global Facilities, ESGRA - Waste Management Association and ERSAR - Regulatory Authority for Water and Waste Services, with the support of Sociedade Ponto Verde.

 

The film was developed to sensitize the recycling of used packaging, showing the citizen the environmental, social and economic impacts. The inspiration for the video came from a reflection on what can be done for the planet, explaining to citizens the importance of good waste management in Portugal to achieve a more sustainable society, protect the environment and boost the national economy.

 

 

Knowing that every year more than 5 million tons of urban waste are produced in Portugal, equivalent to 3 Vasco da Gama bridges, the video also reveals the amount of waste produced by each Portuguese: 40 kg per month and almost half a ton per year.

 

There is considerable growth potential in the adoption of separation at home and away from home, and consequently increased recycling. If each of us does our part, not only will we have a more efficient use of resources, but from this habit will emerge innovative products and business models, in line with the principles of circular economy.

 

To make a difference, simply place the containers in the appropriate containers: plastic and metal in the yellow ecoponto; bottles, jars and glass jars in the green ecoponto; and cartons of paper, as well as newspapers and magazines, in the blue ecoponto.

 

From the simple gesture of separating the packaging and used and remaining waste by material and placing them in the container with the right color, we are playing an active role in environmental savings since we are contributing to the minimization of resource extraction, to save water and energy and to generate jobs inherent to this area of ​​activity.

 

If each of us separates all the used packaging we can contribute to recycle 100kg every year. The secret is just one: separate all the packages always and everywhere. We are thus helping the environment, the economy and ensuring a better future for the next generations. For example, currently 16% of waste is turned into organic grease for use in agriculture and forestry; and 23% are waste transformed into energy, which allows us to light and warm our homes; and that waste management is responsible for the creation of more than 13,000 jobs.

 

The film has a duration of 1:45 and is available on the websites of the entities involved, and will be disseminated throughout the country and by all entities that treat and value urban waste in Portugal. A shorter version of 42 is also available. "The initiative was creatively developed by NOWA.

 

To see the full movie, click HERE.

To see the short film, click HERE.

 

About EGF

EGF, Environmental Global Facilities, is a European company of reference in the environmental sector and leader in waste treatment and recovery in Portugal. Reinforced by its integration into the MOTA-ENGIL and URBASER Group, EGF is the majority shareholder in 11 waste treatment concessionaries: Algar, Amarsul, Ersuc, Resiestrela, Resinorte, Resulima, Suldouro, Valnor, Valorlis, Valorminho and Valorsul.

 

About the Green Point Society

Sociedade Ponto Verde is a private, non-profit institution whose mission is to organize and manage the recovery and recovery of packaging waste, promoting CIRCULAR ECONOMY through the implementation of the Integrated System of Waste Packaging Management (SIGRE), better known as "Green Point System". raising awareness and education for best environmental practices is one of the main objectives of Sociedade Ponto Verde among the Portuguese.

 

About ESGRA

ESGRA is a private non-profit association whose mission is to promote the interests of its members in the management of urban waste treatment systems, as well as its strategic development, currently representing 15 entities, wich 13 Urban Waste Management Systems in the Continent and in the Autonomous Regions of the Azores and Madeira, as well as the representation of Portugal in the Municipal Waste Europe (MWE), European Waste Association.

 

About ERSAR


The Regulatory Authority for Water and Waste Services is responsible for regulating water and waste services, including regulating the quality of water for human consumption. It aims to ensure that the management entities of these services provide quality services at affordable prices. ERSAR's integrated regulatory model is based on two distinct but complementary plans:
- Structural regulation, contributing to the organization, regulation, training and dissemination of information from the water and waste sectors.
- Behavior regulation of management entities, through legal and contractual regulation, economic, quality of service provided, quality of water for human consumption and interface with consumers.

EGF - Recycling Incentives AUGUST, 23 2018

EGF, through its Concessionaires, is investing around 2.6 million euros in a national social innovation program that attributes economic benefits to those who separate used packaging. This program is one of the largest national investments dedicated to education and environmental awareness.

 

Changing the paradigm and environmental education actions will reward good environmental behavior in an innovative and innovative initiative and, from the North to the South of the country, will reward citizens and demonstrate the economic, environmental and social benefits of recycling the packaging used.

 

In order to promote good environmental practice, with a special focus on waste recycling, the program will be based on the organization of various initiatives among the population, commerce and educational establishments, including:

 

ECOEVENTOS |This initiative supports, certifies and recognizes the good environmental practices implemented in the festivals, festivals, races, pilgrimages and sporting events that take place all over the country. The objective is to ensure that the organizers ensure the proper management of waste produced in the event venues, from their prevention, reuse and recycling and to sensitize the participants to collaborate in this collective movement. To assist in this mission, each concessionaire assures the selective collection of the containers, containers / containers appropriate to each location, awareness actions and incentives based on the quantity delivered. EcoEventos of all dimensions - such as those made in Rock in Rio, Marés Vivas, Expofacic, Boom Festival, Sol da Caparica or the Gualterianas Festivals in Guimarães are some of the success stories.

 

 

COMÉRCIO A RECICLAR | In all the concessionaires, EGF is carrying out a sensitization action that will involve more than 26,000 commercial establishments, with the aim of informing about the advantages of recycling the used packaging, how its selective collection system works and help to find solutions whenever there are impediments to their participation. To encourage this initiative, a pedagogical kit with the recycling code will be delivered. Lisbon was the county that started this activity, which will extend to the 174 municipalities of the intervention areas of the 11 companies owned by EGF.

 

 

ECOVALOR | Initiative dedicated to the promotion of environmental education in educational establishments, through which the EGF intends to distinguish with a monetary prize good environmental behavior. For each bag of plastic, metal and beverage packages delivered, the school will receive € 0.50, and the best schools in each municipality will be rewarded at higher value. This national initiative will start this school year, including all logistical support (bags, bags and selective collection) and more than 5,000 actions to raise awareness by environmental action monitors.

Also in this scope, the EGF program includes a tour of itinerant planetariums for environmental education "Our House is a Planet", where you can watch 360º films dedicated to the themes of prevention, reuse and recycling.

 

 

RECYCLE BINGO | Using new technologies, EGF has also launched APP Recycle Bingo, a mobile application available on the AppStore and GooglePlay, which rewards the good behavior of the citizen based on the number of times he will deliver packages in his usual eco-center. This innovative application can know through the geolocation of our Smartphone, that we are near the ecoponto. Upon check-in, EcoGifts are unlocked, with which the BinGo cards are filled. Each time a card is completed, EcoMoedas is offered - which can be exchanged for prizes, such as movie tickets, discount vouchers, and more. In addition to this main mission, the application is launching special surprise missions with the aim of improving Portuguese knowledge about recycling, maintaining involvement with Recycle BinGo and of course rewarding the most friends on the planet.

 

 

 

 Actions of the EGF Concessionaires are developed in partnership with the municipalities and are supported by the POSEUR - Operational Program for Sustainability and Efficiency in the Use of Resources, in a bet on initiatives that will lead the Portuguese to have a specific benefit for their participation.

 

 

About EGF

EGF is a European company of reference in the environmental sector and 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 the environment.

The management of waste treatment and recovery systems is carried out through 11 concession companies (Algar, Amarsul, Ersuc, Resiortela, Resinorte, Resulima, Suldouro, Valorlis, Valminor, Valorsul), established in partnership with the municipalities served, which process approximately 3.2 million tonnes of urban waste (UK) annually, serving a population of 6.3 million people in 174 municipalities in an area equivalent to 60% of the territory in Portugal.

For more information: Ana Loureiro | 968601711 | ana.loureiro@egf.pt

Recycle More AUGUST ,02 2018

EGF will provide a national network with economic benefits for the Portuguese that separate their used packaging. Recycle More campaign will run from north to south of the country in 15 Pingo Doce stores. When delivering the used packaging in the Ecoponto, in bags of 30 or 50 liters, EGF offers 0,10 € or 0,15 € in Poupa Mais card, for immediate use.

 

This pioneering initiative in Portugal is taking place within the framework of EGF's national social innovation program, in which seven of its concessionaires (Amarsul, Ersuc, Resinorte, Resulima, Suldouro, Valorlis and Valorminho) are developing this action with the co-financing of POSEUR Operational Sustainability and Efficiency in the Use of Resources.

 

Recycle More campaign aims to sensitize the population to the separation of waste and, at the same time, to warn of the immediate benefit of placing the used packaging in the ecoponto, demonstrating that recycling has value by returning to the citizen a part to be able to discount in their purchases in stores Pingo Doce. This also seeks to ensure that national targets are met and that the used packaging is delivered to the companies responsible for its management and treatment.

 

This pilot campaign will be present in 15 Pingo Doce stores throughout the country, which supported this initiative by giving space in the car parks of its establishments. For two months money will be offered in Poupa Mais card in exchange for used packaging delivered to one of these collection points. The campaign is available in the stores of Quinta do Conde, Barreiro and Alcochete, Porto de Mós, Batalha, Águeda, Aveiro, Vila Nova de Gaia (Coimbrões), Santa Maria da Feira, Fafe, Vizela, Arcos de Valdevez, Viana do Castelo Portuzelo), Monção (Gandra) and Vila Nova de Cerveira (Place of Faias).

 

About EGF

EGF is a European company of reference in the environmental sector and 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 the environment.

The management of waste treatment and recovery systems is carried out through 11 concession companies (Algar, Amarsul, Ersuc, Resiortela, Resinorte, Resulima, Suldouro, Valorlis, Valminor, Valorsul), established in partnership with the municipalities served, which process approximately 3.2 million tonnes of urban waste (UK) annually, serving a population of 6.3 million people in 174 municipalities in an area equivalent to 60% of the territory in Portugal.

For more information: Ana Loureiro | 968601711 | ana.loureiro@egf.pt

 

VALORSUL - Campaign in the West JULY 31, 2018

A new awareness-raising campaign for families to promote recycling began in Nazaré, in the Valorsul area. By the end of the month, the municipalities of Alcobaça, Lourinhã and Peniche will also be visited.

 

"It's only a pound" is what each person is asked to separate weekly in the ecopoints. It can be plastic, metal, glass or cardboard. If we all separate one kilo a week, we meet national goals.

 

The residents of the areas served by new ecopoints will receive a letter in their mailboxes and the possibility of requesting to Valorsul a Recycling Kit with 3 bags to separate the packages at home.

 

The campaign promotes the use of another 1,500 ecopoints that Valorsul is installing in the municipalities of the West region, which means a significant increase of more than 50% in the ecopoints provided by the company and is the result of Valorsul's clear commitment to recycling .

 

By 2021 the company's investment plan amounts to 55 million euros.

 

The reinforcement of ecopoints and the "It's only a pound!" Awareness campaign count on the support of the Operational Program for Sustainability and Efficiency in the Use of Rescue. More information at www.valorsul.pt

Meo Marés Vivas - recycling numbers JULY 30, 2018

SULDOURO, in a joint initiative with the Municipality of Vila Nova de Gaia and with the MEO Marés Vivas festival organization, collected, between July 20th and 22th, more than 8,300 kg of recyclable waste from glass, paper / cardboard and plastic / metal produced during the event.

 

This is an EcoEvent integrated in the social innovation strategy of EGF, to which all the Concessionaires have joined and for which they have received the support of POSEUR - Operational Program for Sustainability and Efficiency in the Use of Resources.

 

This initiative of Suldouro is part of a broad strategy that the company has been developing in its area of ​​coverage, in order to be present at major events, promoting the separation of waste and thus managing to recycle waste that would traditionally be deposited in landfill.

 

Suldouro thanks the partner entities, namely the Municipality of Vila Nova de Gaia and the organization of the Festival, all the availability and mutual help, which allowed to reach these results in just 3 days.

Sustainability Report 2017 JULY 23, 2018

Mota-Engil published the 2017 Sustainability Report, a publication for which EGF and the various Concessionaires contributed with specific information about their activity.

 

In this publication it is possible to find specific Environmental, Social and Economic information on the waste treatment and recovery activity, among other useful information in the various sectors in which the Mota-Engil Group operates.

 

For more information and download: Mota-Engil 2017 Sustainability Report

Resiestrela confirms certification JULY 19, 2018

Resiestrela SA, the company responsible for the management of the Multi-municipal System for Selective Collection, Valuation and Treatment of Urban Solid Waste of Cova da Beira, renewed the certification of its Integrated System for Quality, Environment and Safety, Hygiene and Health Management in According to the main national normative references.

The renewal of the certification of the Integrated Management System - Quality, Environment and Safety was obtained after the certification body TÜV Rheinland Portugal completed the necessary annual audit.

This renewal thus acknowledges Resiestrela's orientation towards the continuous improvement of its performance and the good practices implemented in the day-to-day management of its processes.

The Certification involves all processes and activities of Resiestrela (management, recovery and treatment of solid waste, collection and processing of recyclable materials, production of electricity, administrative and financial procedures, among others) and covers the facilities of the Waste Treatment Center Urban Solids of Cova da Beira (located in Fundão), and Transfer Stations and Ecocentros located in the municipalities of Almeida, Belmonte, Celorico da Beira, Fornos de Algodres, Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo, Fundão, Guarda, Manteigas, Mêda, Penamacor, Pinhel, Sabugal and Trancoso.

The pursuit of this Integrated Management System aims, in general, to establish objectives and goals for the continuous improvement of the company's performance, as well as the full compliance with all legal requirements inherent to the Resiestrela activity.

In the Safety and Hygiene at Work component, the Certification aims to prevent work incidents, occupational diseases and damage to the health of all workers at Resiestrela, S. A . With regard to the Environment, Certification becomes an indispensable tool for the prevention of pollution and minimization of environmental impacts through the use of Best Available Techniques and best practices used in the solid waste management sector.

Resiestrela S.A. is aware of the challenge of ensuring a quality service, with respect for ethical foundations of social, economic and environmental nature, and deserving recognition of its customers, shareholders, employees, suppliers and the populations it serves a business reference in Cova da Beira and Beira Interior Norte, contributing to sustainable development and to the improvement of economic conditions and quality of life in the region.

About Resiestrela
Resiestrela, SA is responsible for the concession of the Multimunicipal System of Sorting, Selective Collection, Valorization and Treatment of Urban Solid Waste (RSU's) from the Municipalities that integrate the System (Almeida, Belmonte, Celorico da Beira, Covilhã, Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo, Fornos de Algodres, Fundão, Guarda, Manteigas, Meda, Penamacor, Pinhel, Sabugal and Trancoso).

In the management of the system, waste from the undifferentiated collection carried out in 14 municipalities is managed, treated and appreciated by Resiestrela. S.A. Waste from the selective collection carried out by Resiestrela S.A., coming from 14 Municipalities are managed, sorted and sent for recycling.

The system currently serves a population of about 194,000 inhabitants, which is equivalent to about 2% of the national population, with an area of ​​6,160 km2, which corresponds to about 7% of Portuguese territory.
The Resiestrela SA Management System is certified by TÜV Rheinland Portugal in accordance with the requirements of NP EN ISO 9001: 2015 - Quality, NP EN ISO 14001: 2015 - Environment and OHSAS 18001: 2007 - Safety, Hygiene and Health at Work.

Additional information
Marta Alçada - Communication and Environmental Awareness Office
Phone: 275 779 330 Fax: 275 779 339
E-mail: marta.alcada@resiestrela.pt

Fishing in a sea without rubbish JULY, 16 2018

Next Wednesday, July, 18, 2018, the third lecture of the Center of Communication of the Oceans will be held, a project that intends to unite the publics of the Portuguese-speaking countries, in person and virtual (via LiveStream), on different themes related to Oceans

 

This third initiative will be attended by Dr. Judite Leal, from the company Valorsul, who will present projects in which the EGF Group is committed, namely "Fishing for a Sea Without Trash" and projects for cleaning beaches and coastal areas.

 

 

 

 

 

ALIGNMENT OF THE 3rd SESSION

 

The session begins on July 18, at 4:00 pm, at the Lisbon Academy of Sciences, which can be attended in person and free of charge, but also in LiveStream at www.ccoceanos.pt


Future of fish and chemical contaminants - SEAFOODtomorrow

- Dr. António Marques: Senior Researcher in the Division of Aquaculture, Valorization and Bioprospecting of the Portuguese Institute of the Sea and the Atmosphere (IPMA).

Aquaculture - DiversiAqua

- Dr. Pedro Pousão Ferreira: Researcher in charge of the Pilot Station of Fisheries of Olhão. President of the Scientific Council of the IPMA.

Appreciation and quality of powder - PolQual

- Dr. Amparo Gonçalves: Assistant Researcher in the Division of Aquaculture, Appreciation and Bioprospection of the Department of the Sea and Marine Resources, of the Portuguese Institute of the Sea and the Atmosphere (IPMA, I.P.).

Fishing for a sea without rubbish

- Dr. Judite Leal: Graduated in Communication Sciences and postgraduate in Marketing and Communication Direction. He has worked in the area of ​​Communication and Sensitization of Valorsul for 15 years and devotes his activity to communication and environmental education. Previously worked at IBM Portugal. Born on the island of Faial, Azores, the sea has always been part of her life.

 

Ocean Communication Center

The Oceans Communication Center is a project of Nysse Arruda, journalist and curator, nautical specialist for more than 20 years in Portugal, author of several publications and awarded in 2016 by the Femina Prize. It started this project to promote the debate on the essential issues associated with the Sea, and obtained institutional support from several institutions, especially the Presidency of the Republic, the Ministry of the Sea, the Ministry of the Environment, the Lisbon City Council, the Hydrographic Institute, the Sciences of Lisbon, IPMA and Unesco-Portugal.

This project is also sponsored by the Olympic sailors João Rodrigues and Joana Pratas, but also with the Brazilian sailor Torben Grael, the surfer Garret McNamara and the American NGO Marine MegaFauna Mozambique.

For more information: Ana Loureiro | 968601711 | ana.loureiro@egf.pt

Live Science in the Summer Network JULY, 13 2018

During the month of August, in partnership with the Living Science Center of the Algarve, Algar is participating in the project Ciência Viva in the Summer in Network. It is an initiative that integrates more than 800 free participation actions throughout the country, for all ages, involving the Living Science Centers, institutions, scientific associations, municipalities and companies.

 

This year the highlight is the rivers, their ecosystems and the services they continue to provide, despite the enormous environmental impacts to which they are subject.

 

It is the second consecutive year that the Algarve Living Science Center invites Algar to participate in the project, an initiative that takes place annually throughout the country, between July 15 and September 15. Algar will be available to receive visitors at the Faro / Loulé / Olhão Transfer and Sorting Station.

 

By 2017, the experience was extremely positive. The visitors who signed up for Algar activity were mainly families, mostly from other parts of the country. Their motivation to participate in this initiative was to seek answers about what happens to undifferentiated waste and recyclables after they are collected and sent to the Multi-Municipal Systems for recovery and / or treatment. Some visitors reconciled to their stay in the Algarve region, together with their children, to learn about the waste treatment process and to collect informative contents for the young people to use in school work in the next school year.

 

Let the invitation, take the science in your suitcase on vacation. Check the Live Science Summer Program in Network and reserve your places on www.cienciaviva.pt. Visits to the Algar facility are subject to prior registration on the platform.

 

 

About ALGAR
ALGAR, Valorisation and Treatment of Solid Waste, SA is responsible for the treatment, valorization of urban waste produced in the Municipalities of Albufeira, Alcoutim, Aljezur, Castro Marim, Faro, Lagoa, Lagos, Loulé, Monchique, Olhão, Portimão, São Brás de Alportel, Silves, Tavira, Vila do Bispo and Vila Real de Santo António.
Additional information: Maria João Carolino: Algar, S.A.
Tel. 289 880 045: 967 758 321 E-mail: gci@algar.com.pt

Valorsul schools save trees! JULY, 17 2018
Congratulations to the 250 schools participating in the "Separate and Win" contests from Valorsul, which they sent to recycle 309 tons of plastic & metal and 190 tons of paper & cardboard.

The biggest reward is the environmental one: paper and cardboard recycling prevented the slaughtering of 3,700 trees and all the separated plastic equals 1,900 liters of oil.The schools were also awarded a total of more than € 39,700.

In last school year , Ecovalor, Valorsul's environmental education program for the school community, has reached 250 schools, which has resulted in the involvement of more than 50,000 students. In addition to the school competitions, Valorsul complements its offer with awareness-raising actions, visits to its facilities and informative materials on recycling.

In keeping with its commitment to environmental education and recycling goals, Valorsul recognizes the key role of schools and work in partnership with municipalities.

INSTITUTIONS ALSO LEARN TO RECYCLE
This school year, for the first time, Ecovalor received the contribution of institutions that wanted to join the project and also separate their packaging and paper participating in this contest.
In the first year, it was possible to involve 22 institutions (Firefighters, Parish Centers, Day Centers and Homes) that in the global separated more than 18 tons of plastic and metal and 13 tons of paper and cardboard.
The institutions received participation premiums in the total amount of € 1,500.00.

About Valorsul
Valorsul is responsible for the treatment and recovery of urban waste from 19 municipalities in the Lisbon area and the western region: Alcobaça, Alenquer, Amadora, Arruda dos Vinhos, Azambuja, Bombarral, Cadaval, Caldas da Rainha, Lisbon, Loures, Lourinhã, Nazaré, Óbidos, Odivelas, Peniche, Rio Maior, Sobral de Monte Agraço, Torres Vedras, Vila Franca de Xira. Valorsul values ​​20% of all domestic waste produced in Portugal, serving 1.6 million inhabitants. Valorsul produces and exports 2% of national domestic consumption to the grid.

Additional information: Joana Xavier - Communication and Sensitization - Valorsul, SA Tel.21 953 59 91 Mobile: 939900503 E-mail: joana.xavier@valorsul.pt
CCOceans - 2nd Lecture tomorrow! JULY, 10 2018

Next Wednesday, 10.07.2018, the second talk of the Ocean Communication Center will be held, a project that seeks to unite audiences of Portuguese-speaking countries, in a virtual way (via LiveStream), about different themes related to the Oceans.

 

The second cycle will be attended by Eng. Dora Guterres, from the company Valorminho, which will present the theme "Sustainable Behaviors".

 

The second session will begin on July 10, at 4:00 pm, at the Lisbon Academy of Sciences, and can be attended in person and free of charge, but also in LiveStream at www.ccoceanos.pt

 

 

 

ALIGNMENT OF THE 2 nd SESSION

 

Penguins, Ice and Shrimp: How Antarctica Can Affect Us All!

- Dr. José Xavier: PhD from the University of Cambridge (UK), professor and researcher at MARE (Center for Marine and Environmental Sciences), University of Coimbra and British Antartctic Survey (Cambridge, UK).

 

Global changes and marine systems - Fatty acids as bioindicators

- Dr. Ana Marta Gonçalves: PhD from the University of Coimbra in collaboration with the University of Ghent, Belgium. She is currently a researcher at MARE - Center for Marine and Environmental Sciences, University of Coimbra, and the advanced laboratory MAREFOZ, based in Figueira da Foz, and also collaborated at CESAM - Center for Environmental and Marine Studies, University of Aveiro.

 

Sustainable Behavior

- Eng. Dora Guterres: Engenheira do Ambiente, Pós Graduada em Agenda 21 local. Trabalha na Valorminho, Valorização e Tratamento de Resíduos Sólidos SA, Concessionária da EGF, como Responsável pelo serviço de Comunicação e Imagem, gestão do processo comunicacional e informativo para a Sensibilização Ambiental, é ainda Colaboradora no Blogue Somethyngmore; no canal da MEO Forum TV e no jornal local o Torreense. Possui ainda uma série de formações adicionais no âmbito da sustentabilidade.

 

 

Ocean Communication Center

 

The Oceans Communication Center is a project of Nysse Arruda, journalist and curator, nautical specialist for more than 20 years in Portugal, author of several publications and awarded in 2016 by the Femina Prize. She started this project to promote the debate on the essential issues associated with the Sea, and obtained institutional support from several institutions, especially the Presidency of the Republic, the Ministry of the Sea, the Ministry of the Environment, the Lisbon City Council, the Hydrographic Institute, the Sciences of Lisbon, IPMA and Unesco-Portugal.

 

This project is also sponsored by the Olympic sailors João Rodrigues and Joana Pratas, and also with the Brazilian sailor Torben Grael, the surfer Garret McNamara and the American NGO Marine MegaFauna Mozambique.

 

For more information: Ana Loureiro | 968601711 | ana.loureiro@egf.pt

Ecoevents all over the country JULY, 06 2018

EGF and the 11 Concessionaires, with the support of POSEUR (Operational Program for Sustainability and Efficiency in the Use of Resources), are promoting and supporting sustainable events among cities and organizations from the North to the South of the country. Summer festivals, sporting events, festivals and pilgrimages are the first target of this campaign which aims to broaden appropriate environmental habits everywhere.

 

A new wave of social innovation has started.  ALGAR, AMARSUL, ERSUC, RESIESTRELA, RESINORTE, RESULIMA, SULDOURO, VALNOR, VALORLIS, VALORSUL and VALORMINHO are in force and will intensify this energy by the end of the year, in each of their areas of intervention, with the realization of initiatives that turn this year's events into good environmental examples.

 

The objective is to ensure that the organizers ensure the proper management of waste produced in the event venues, from their prevention, reuse and recycling and to sensitize the participants to collaborate in this collective movement. To assist in this mission, each concessionaire assures the selective collection of the containers, containers / containers appropriate to each location, awareness actions and incentives based on the quantity delivered.

 

What is an EcoEvent

An EcoEvent is a one-off initiative, certified by each EGF concessionaire, which takes place in a predefined space, has a limited duration and is an example of adopting appropriate environmental measures that promote sustainability concepts. EcoEvents are backed up with a suitable selective collection service adapted to their size, local awareness and economic benefits associated with the quantity of packaging separated properly.

 

 

 

This initiative is part of an environmental communication strategy in the implementation phase of all the EGF concessionaires, which combines social innovation and results focus, in a methodology that has been funded by POSEUR. Projects of an equivalent size will soon start with commerce and services and educational establishments, and in practice it is intended to encourage the citizen to recycle everything, always and everywhere.

 

How to organize EcoEvent

 

In 2018 there are many and varied good examples of EcoEventos: Rock in Rio (Lisbon); World Surfing Championship (Peniche); Carnival (Loulé and Torres Vedras);Sol da Caparica Festival (Costa da Caparica); Festival Vilar de Mouros and Paredes de Coura; countless city festivals, pilgrimages and races scattered throughout the country.

 

You can find more information on the EGF Website, or by contacting each of the companies in your area of contact (contacts available HERE).

 

This initiative will be open to all event organizers, including municipalities, parish councils and promoters.

 

For more information: Ana Loureiro | 968601711 | ana.loureiro@egf.pt

 

About EGF

EGF, Environmental Global Facilities, is a European company of reference in the environmental sector and leader in waste treatment and recovery in Portugal. Reinforced by its integration into the MOTA-ENGIL and URBASER Group, EGF is the majority shareholder in 11 waste treatment concessionaries: Algar, Amarsul, Ersuc, Resiestrela, Resinorte, Resulima, Suldouro, Valnor, Valorlis, Valorminho and Valorsul.

Oceans Communication Center JULY 03, 2018

EGF and it´s 11 Concessionaires support and participate in the speeches of intervention of the Center of Communication of the Oceans, which begins on July 4, at 4:00 pm, at the Lisbon Academy of Sciences. The first session, moderated by Nysse Arruda (journalist and curator), counts with the participation of biologist Jessica Link (University of Santa Catarina, Brazil), Chef Luis Baena, Ana Loureiro (Director of Communication of EGF) and a exclusive interview with Garret McNamara (Giant Wave Surfer).

 

The companies ALGAR, AMARSUL, ERSUC, RESIESTRELA, RESULIMA, RESULIMA, SULDOURO, VALNOR, VALORLIS, VALORSUL and VALORMINHO, are betting on new ways of giving visibility to the essential work they do every day to treat and value the waste produced by all citizens, giving visibility to the consequences of bad behavior, but also to the solutions that exist to avoid them.

 

Pollution of the oceans is a consequence of human activity that is urgently needed to be countered, and the solution is to adopt adequate behavior on the land and at sea and a system for treatment and recovery of waste that is effective and sustainable.

 

PRESENCE AND LIVE STREAM SESSIONS

The sessions begin on July 4, at 4:00 pm, at the Lisbon Academy of Sciences, which can be attended in person and free of charge, but also in LiveStream at www.ccoceanos.pt

 

The first session has the following program:

 

Diving into the Phantom Fishing Problem

Jéssica Link: biologist, dive instructor and researcher in the area of ​​marine conservation - Federal University of Santa Catarina.

 

The diversity of fish in Portugal and its gastronomic possibilities

Chef Luis Baena: One of the few Portuguese chefs to have worked with Paul Bocuse and to add 32 years of career in four continents (including in Brazil). Pioneer in its commitment to innovative projects and promotion of the traditional products of the Azores.

 

Valuing Waste on land to protect the Sea

Ana Loureiro: Communication Director of EGF, Global Environment Facilities (reference company in the environmental sector at European level and leader in Portugal in the valorization of urban waste.

 

The many profiles of the giant waves

Garrett McNamara: Giant wave surfer, world record holder on Nazaré beach.

 

The next sessions are scheduled for 4, 11, 18 and 25 July - the program of the sessions will be presented on the website www.ccoceanos.pt

 

Ocean Communication Center

The Oceans Communication Center is a project of Nysse Arruda, journalist and curator, nautical specialist for more than 20 years in Portugal, author of several publications and awarded in 2016 by the Femina Prize. She started this project to promote the debate about the essential issues associated with the Sea, and obtained institutional support from several institutions, especially the Presidency of the Republic, the Ministry of the Sea, the Ministry of the Environment, the Lisbon City Council, the Hydrographic Institute, the Sciences of Lisbon, IPMA and Unesco-Portugal.

This project is also sponsored by the Olympic sailors João Rodrigues and Joana Pratas, but also with the Brazilian sailor Torben Grael, the surfer Garret McNamara and the American NGO Marine MegaFauna Mozambique.

 

For more information: Ana Loureiro | 968601711 | ana.loureiro@egf.pt

Recycle Bingo - Best App 2018! JUNE 30, 2018

The best application of 2018, distinguished by the Media & Advertising Awards (GOLD), was the application developed by Djomba for Amarsul, Valorlis and Valorsul and released this week.

 

It is another prize, which adds to the prizes of the XX Annual Advertising Festival, an important national event in the Social Media field organized by the Clube de Creativos de Portugal since 1997. The Recycle BinGo App, developed by the companies Amarsul, Valorsul and Valorlis, received the silver award in two categories - Mobile APPs and Mobile Games - and a bronze in User Design Experience (UX).

 

 

 

About this APP

The main mission of the game is to make visits to our usual container for packaging waste. Through geolocation of our Smartphone, the App knows that we are close to it.

When we check in we unlock a set of friendly animals, the EcoGifts, with which we fill our BinGo cards. Each time we complete a card, we earn EcoMoedas - which we can exchange for great prizes, such as movie tickets, discount vouchers, and more. In addition to this main mission, the application is launching special surprise missions with the aim of improving Portuguese knowledge about recycling, maintaining involvement with Recycle BinGo and of course rewarding the most friends on the planet.

 

More information: www.recyclebingo.pt

3rd Eco Sound Edition JUNE, 13 2018

The final result of the III Edition of Amarsul Eco Sound was announced, which ended on May 27th.

 

27 secondary schools from the Setúbal Peninsula participated, with more than 25,000 students involved, and 139 tons of recyclable material were collected.

 

Since its first edition, Amarsul Eco Sound has collected more than 300 tons of recyclable paper / cardboard, plastic / metal and glass.

 

The winner of the Amarsul Eco Sound III Edition was the Barreiro Secondary School, in Barreiro, with a capitation of over 12 kg / student. On June 15, the students of this school will receive the exclusive concert of DJ Holly Hood. And a prize of 1,000 euros in pedagogical material.

 

Participating schools that showed a better performance per row, and stood out throughout the 8 months of this edition of Eco Sound, will receive passes to the Festival Sol da Caparica.

 

Congratulations to the winners and to all participants for their commitment!

World Environment Day JUNE 05, 2018

EGF and its Concessionaires today mark World Environment Day in various parts of the country, with education and environmental awareness initiatives in various locations.

 

Of the various initiatives, the actions in which the action is available are Our House is a Planet, available on this day in Torres Vedras and Portalegre, energized by Valorsul and Valnor.

 

Our house is a planet

The Action of Environmental Education Our House is a Planet presents 3 films specially designed to be seen in itinerant planetariums, using a 360º projection technique and with contents appropriate to 3 different audiences: kindergarten; 1st, 2nd and 3rd Cycle; Secondary / Adult.

 

In an innovative way, the sensitization actions include, in addition to the presentation of the films, games about the environmental theme and delivery of pedagogical materials that allow to consolidate the knowledge obtained by means of information transmission vehicle. The active and passive participation of the public are themselves a national environmental awareness campaign that can be replicated by other entities and with an easy multiplier effect.

 

The themes presented in the Environmental Education Action Our House is One Planet are based on the Reduction, Reuse, Recovery and Recycling of materials and energy, replacing the end-of-life concept of linear economy with concepts of Reuse, Restoration and Renewal. In such a way, the action contributes to active citizenship in the field of sustainable development and to building a low carbon, rational and efficient society in the use of its resources.

 

 

Upcoming Shows

 

05 JUNE - Portalegre (VALNOR)

05 and 06 JUNE 2018 - 29º WEST CHILDREN - Torres Vedras (VALORSUL)

07 and 08 of JUNE - S. Brás de Alportel (ALGAR)

 

ALGAR - Separate food to feed JUNE 04, 2018

ALGAR, the EGF Concessionaire in the Algarve region, and ENTRAJUDA (Algarve), revealed the results of the "Separate food to feed" campaign in favor of the Food Bank Against Hunger in the Algarve (BACF).

 

The aim of this initiative, which resulted from a protocol between the parties concluded in 2013, is to collect recyclable plastic, metal and ECAL packaging (cartons for liquid food), to sell them and to buy food products for children up to 3 years of age.

 

In 2017, a total of 8,170 kg of packaging waste was received and raised enough money to purchase more than a hundred packages of baby food, adapted to the specific nutritional needs of children up to 36 months of age, supported by the Banco Alimentar do Algarve .

 

The Algarve BACF, beneficiary of the campaign, is currently cooperating with 100 institutions and supports 17,000 people through the distribution of food. According to Nuno Alves, Chairman of the Board of Directors of BACF, "there is a great shortage of food of the segment, namely, baby food and milk flours", 450 of the various applications received, referring to children from 0 to 3 years of age.

 

"The campaign has obtained adhesion by the population and several local entities, which with the gesture of separation of waste, over these years, has already guaranteed the referral for recycling of 39 370 kg of packaging waste and allowed the delivery of 4,000 € in food products, thus helping those who need it the most ", says Telma Robim, Managing Director of Algar.

 

All will be able to continue to collaborate for this campaign, so it is enough only to deliver the empty packaging at Algar facilities, which are located throughout the Algarve region (www.algar.com.pt) from Aljezur to Alcoutim, or at the Food Bank in Portimão and Faro, informing that they are in favor of the "Separate food to feed" campaign.

 

About ALGAR

ALGAR, Valorisation and Treatment of Solid Waste, SA is responsible for the treatment, valorization of urban waste produced in the Municipalities of Albufeira, Alcoutim, Aljezur, Castro Marim, Faro, Lagoa, Lagos, Loulé, Monchique, Olhão, Portimão, São Brás de Alportel, Silves, Tavira, Vila do Bispo and Vila Real de Santo António.

Additional information: Maria João Carolino: Algar, S.A.

Tel. 289 880 045: 967 758 321 E-mail: gci@algar.com.pt

 

About ENTRAJUDA

Entrajuda - Association for the Support of Social Solidarity Institutions is a private social solidarity institution, which aims to support other institutions at the level of organization and management, with the aim of improving its performance and efficiency for the benefit of the needy.

Based on the mobilization and involvement of people and companies, Entrajuda makes a diagnosis of the problems and needs of institutions, proposes solutions, mobilizes partners and volunteers, implements solutions and evaluates impacts and performance.

App Recycle Bingo Prize! MAY 24, 2018

The XX Annual Advertising Festival awards, an important national event in the field of Social Communication, organized by the Creative Club o Portugal announced last week the communication awards.

 

The awards received by the App Recycle BinGo highlighted the EGF Group, which was developed by the companies Amarsul, Valorsul and Valorlis.

 

The application received the silver award in two categories - Mobile APPs and Mobile Games - and a bronze prize in User Design Experience (UX).

 

 

 

 

 

About the APP Recycle BinGo

 

The main mission of the game is to make visits to our usual container for selective collection “Ecoponto”. Through geolocation in our Smartphone, the App knows that we are close to it.

 

When we check in, we unlock a set of friendly animals, the EcoGifts, with which we fill our BinGo cards. Each time we complete a card, we earn EcoMoedas - which we can exchange for great prizes, such as movie tickets, discount vouchers, and more. In addition to this main mission, the application is launching special surprise missions with the aim of improving Portuguese knowledge about recycling, maintaining involvement with Recycle BinGo and of course rewarding the most friends on the planet.

 

About the Creative Club

 

The Creative Club of Portugal is a non-profit organization founded in 1997 and holds the most prestigious Creativity Festival in Portugal, traditionally held at the end of May, since 1997.

 

It was born with the objective of rewarding the best that is done in commercial creativity in Portugal: advertising, design, events, digital, relational marketing, activation of brands public relations and media.

 

Its mission is to promote creativity in commercial communication; represent establishing quality standards in industry; stimulate, support and help train the next generations of creatives; demonstrate the importance and need for good creativity; facilitate the exchange of experiences among professionals in the field.

International Recycling Day MAY 17, 2018

SULDOURO, EGF Concessionaire, in collaboration with the Municipality of Santa Maria da Feira, promoted on the International Recycling Day, the launch of the environmental education action OUR HOUSE IS A PLANET, in the Canedo Group of Schools.

 

 

This event was attended by around 500 students and teachers, distributed throughout several sessions throughout the day. At these sessions the participants watched the 360-degree film screenings, which covered topics such as Reduction, Reuse and Recycling, of a innovative way, which made possible an interactive dynamic among the participants.

 

 

 

OUR HOUSE IS A PLANET

This initiative is the result of a joint work of ALGAR, ERSUC, RESIESTRELA, RESINORTE, RESULIMA, SULDOURO, VALNOR and VALORMINHO, and was supported by the Environmental Fund and the National Strategy for Environmental Education 2020.

 

The themes of Reduction, Reuse and Recycling are thus approached in an innovative way, using as itinerant planetary resources and 3 films projected in 360º, which allows an interactive dynamic with students and participants. This action contributes to an active citizenship in the field of sustainable development, in the construction of a low carbon, rational and efficient society in the use of its resources.

 

More information about this initiative: OUR HOUSE IS A PLANET

VALORMINHO: Innovative EcoEvent MAY 05, 2018

Valorminho, EGF Concessionaire for the Alto Minho region, was present at the Alvarinho and Fumeiro Party, held in Melgaço from 27 to 29 April.

 

This party welcomed the environmental education action 'OUR HOUSE IS A PLANET', open to the participation of adults and children, which took place at different times during the three days of the event. The project is the result of a joint work of ALGAR, ERSUC, RESIESTRELA, RESINORTE, RESULIMA, SULDOURO, VALNOR and VALORMINHO, and was supported by the Environmental Fund and the National Strategy for Environmental Education 2020.

 

 

 

This action counted on 700 visitors who had the opportunity to watch the films projected to 360º, that approach Reduction, Reutilization and Recycling themes in an innovative way in the itinerant planetarium.

 

Being this a National Eco-Eve of reference, it could not stop generating waste. Over the weekend, about 6.5 tonnes of glass, 1.5 tonnes of packaging, 1 tonne of carton and 0.1 tonnes of used cooking oils were produced.

ALGAR: # 2KgporPortugal May 03, 2018

Algar's RECYCLE+ #2KgforPortugal campaign gives tickets to the Rock in Rio Festival.

 

Algar, EGF Concessionaire for the Algarve region, increased the number of containers in the region and launched the campaign RECICLA + #2KgforPortugal. The initiative promotes a photo contest where participants can win tickets to music festivals this summer, including Rock in Rio.

 

The RECICLA + # 2KgforPortugal photography contest invites the population to discover the location of the new containers installed in their areas of residence, to take photographs, with family or friends, with them, alluding to the correct use of the equipment.

 

If everyone separates 2 kg of recyclables per week and puts them in the correct containers, they will be contributing to the achievement of our country's recycling targets.

 

To participate in the contest, just submit the photographs through the application available on Algar's facebook and publicize so that everyone can vote (the contest rules are available at http://bit.ly/recicla-mais).

 

In addition to the photography contest, Algar will also offer Recycling Kits to help separate the packages at home, as part of the RECICLA + #2KgforPortugal campaign. Those interested should send their request to the email address gci@algar.com.pt.

 

A recycling kit will be delivered for each order placed, limited to the existing stock of 500 Recycle Kits.

EGF - Oceans Communication Center May 1, 2018

Begins on May 2 a cycle of lectures dedicated to the oceans and their preservation in an unprecedented initiative led by the journalist nautical Nysse Arruda and presented in Lisbon at the Naval Association of Lisbon, which can be watched live and via Live Stream on www.ccoceanos.pt from 6pm (Portugal time).

 

The first intervention features a video interview with Garret McNamara, American wave surfer and world record holder (Nazaré); with a debate on Artificial Reefs: Rebuilding Nature, in which Nuno Marques, Manager, Instructor and Diver - Manta Diving Center, Santa Maria Bay, Sal Island; and Doctor Miguel Tiago de Oliveira, marine biologist - PhD from the Faculty of Sciences and Technology of the University of Algarve and Director of the Oceanarium of Lisbon.

 

This initiative will also include the participation of EGF, represented by Ana Loureiro, who will introduce the theme of urban waste and marine environment.

 

EGF supports this initiative and throughout the various talks held between May and July, will explain the importance of waste recovery as a fundamental function to ensure that human activity does not negatively interfere with a resource as important to the planet as it is the oceans.

 

May 2, 6:00 p.m. - Lisbon Naval Association

 

SPEAKERS

 

Artificial Reefs: Rebuilding Nature

  • Nuno Marques - Manager, instructor and diver of the Manta Diving Center (Santa Maria Bay, Sal Island - Cape Verde;
  • Doctor Miguel Tiago de Oliveira - Marine Biologist, PhD from the Faculty of Sciences and Technology of the University of Algarve and Director of the Oceanarium of Lisbon

Urban waste and the marine environment

  • Ana Loureiro - EGF Communications Director - Environmental Global Facilities

Video interview

  • Garret McNamara - American giant wave surfer and world record holder (Nazaré)

To watch Live Stream: www.ccoceanos.pt

VALORSUL invests 55 million € APRIL 30, 2018

Valorsul, the EGF concessionaire for the region of Lisbon (North) and the West, is undergoing a major investment in order to improve the public waste management service provided by the company to municipalities and citizens.

By 2021 the company's investment plan amounts to 55 million euros and compensates for the last half decade of containment.

 

STRONG EFFORT IN RECYCLING

The plan is already being implemented and includes 8100 containers for recycling and 1,500 new sites for selective collection; 28 vehicles to renew and reinforce the collection of recyclables and also the remodeling of the two Sorting Centers. A new unit for composting green waste and the installation of solar panels in 5 units of the company is also planned.

 

INNOVATIVE STRATEGIES FOR ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION

The mobilization of citizens is essential for these investments to result in a significant increase in recycling. Therefore, the company is focused on sensitizing people. There will be, in the coming months, a great investment in communication with different strategies for schools, commerce, events and families.

Innovative ways of encouraging and rewarding separation and recycling behaviors are also being tested. The mobile Recycle BinGo application (which reached 5,000 users a month) is the first example. The game gives prizes to those who regularly visit their ecoponto.

 

To implement some of these projects, Valorsul counts on the support of the POSEUR program - Operational Program for Sustainability and Efficiency in the Use of Resources and the Environmental Fund - ENEA.

Recycle NOW APRIL 20, 2018

NOW - this is the name of the new film that explains to citizens the importance of recycling, which presents reality in a simple way and tells you how much it costs to treat urban waste in Portugal.

 

The project results from a partnership between EGF - Environmental Global Facilities, ESGRA - Waste Management Association and ERSAR - Water and Waste Services Regulatory Authority, which presented the film at the 12th National Waste Forum in the April 19, at the Hotel Sana Lisboa.

 

The inspiration for the film was given a year earlier, when the Municipality of Campo Maior presented the same idea, but applied to its municipality and presented in film in a way that the community welcomed with great satisfaction.

 

The film has a duration of 1:45 and is available on the websites of the entities involved, and will be disseminated throughout the country and by all entities that treat and value urban waste in Portugal. A shorter version of 30 ".

 

The project was developed by the three entities and counted on the creative development of NOWA.

 

To watch the video, CLICK HERE

EGF in the National Waste Forum APRIL 19, 2018

EGF was present at the 12th National Waste Forum held at the Hotel Sana Lisboa on April 18 and 19, an annual event where the waste sector debates the present and the future in front a wide panel of participants.

 

EGF actively participated with a presentation by Administrator Marta Neves and with a participation in the debate held by Filipa Pantaleão, in which both presented the company's positions on issues such as the challenges for the selective collection, for the organic valuation and for the multi-material valorization.

 

In the Forum it was also possible to get to know the project Our House is a Planet, with several sessions of presentation of the films Ecotransformation, Pass the Message and Youtuber, films that are dedicated to the various levels of school education.

 

The forum also featured the presentation of App Recycle Bingo, an application developed by Valorsul, Amarsul and Valorlis that encourages selective collection by showing a film project from the presentations to the debates of the event.

 

Recognized Quality of Service

 

There were 7 (seven) EGF Concessionaires that were part of the list of entities that received quality seals in urban waste management for the year 2017 awarded by ERSAR (Water and Waste Services Regulatory Authority).

 

The distinction was attributed to management entities that provide urban waste management services and the seals were delivered at the end of the event, and this list includes Ersuc, Resiestrela, Resinorte, Resulima, Valorlis, Valorminho and Valorsul.

 

These prizes were also awarded to five (5) management entities: Association of Municipalities of Alentejo Central, GESAMB, LIPOR, INOVA and the Municipal Services of Abrantes.

 

The selection of the distinguished entities was done according to the regulation "Awards and Seals of Water and Waste Services, Data for 2016".

 

A certificate and the right to use the stamp image in the context of its institutional communication, namely on the Internet and advertising website, were delivered to the management entities that were awarded a quality stamp.

 

With this initiative, it is evident the existence of a rigorous system of evaluation of the services provided to consumers, who come to know the entities that provide the best service in different areas. It is also intended to sensitize management entities to quality issues in the design, implementation, management and operation of systems.

 

This ERSAR initiative is carried out in partnership with the Jornal Água & Ambiente. Also participating in the Jury are several representatives of the sector, such as the Portuguese Water Distribution and Drainage Association (APDA), the Portuguese Association of Sanitary and Environmental Engineering (APESB), the Portuguese Association of Water Resources (APRH), ESGRA - Association for Waste Management, APEMETA - Portuguese Association of Environmental Technology Companies and DECO - Portuguese Association for Consumer Protection.

RESIESTRELA has new vehicles APRIL 13, 2018

Integrated in an application financed by the Operational Program for Sustainability and Efficiency in the Use of Resources (POSEUR), Resiestrela, EGF's Concessionaire for the region of Cova da Beira, will acquire a total of 8 vehicles, namely 3 lorries for door-to-door collection of glass and paper / cardboard, 2 light vehicles for door-to-door collection in commerce and services and 3 vehicles of Collection of Ecopoints with self-compacting box.

 

This investment, close to one million euros, aims to reinforce the circuits of door-to-door collection and collection of Ecopoints in the municipalities of Almeida, Belmonte, Celorico da Beira, Covilhã, Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo, Fornos de Algodres, Fundão, Guarda, Manteigas, Meda, Penamacor, Pinhel, Sabugal and Trancoso.

 

This is a great step for the renewal of the fleet, with an increase in the number of vehicles of the fleet of the company, in order to strengthen and improve the service to all populations, optimize and increase the service of selective collection, the correct routing of waste for recycling.

 

More information at www.resiestrela.pt

QUALITY OF SERVICE DISTINGUISHED APRIL 03, 2018

There are 7 (seven) EGF Concessionaires that are part of the list of entities that will receive quality stamps in urban waste management for the year 2017, awarded by ERSAR (Water and Waste Services Regulatory Authority).

 

The distinction will be attributed to management entities that provide urban waste management services and the stamps will be delivered at the 12th National Waste Forum on April 19, and this list includes Ersuc, Resiestrela, Resinorte, Resulima, Valorlis, Valorminho and Valorsul.

 

These prizes are also awarded to five (5) management entities: Association of Municipalities of Alentejo Central, GESAMB, LIPOR, INOVA and the Municipality of Abrantes. The selection of the distinguished entities was done according to the regulation "Awards and Stamps of the Water and Waste Services, Data for 2016".

 

Management entities that have been awarded a quality stamp will be given a certificate and the right to use the image of the stamp in the context of their institutional communication, namely on the website and advertising. The ceremony of delivery of the stamps will take place on April 19, during the 12th National Waste Forum in Lisbon.

 

With this initiative, it is evident the existence of a rigorous system of evaluation of the services provided to consumers, who come to know the entities that provide the best service in different areas. It is also intended to sensitize management entities to quality issues in the design, implementation, management and operation of systems.

 

This ERSAR initiative is carried out in partnership with the Água & Ambiente Newspaper. Also participating in the Jury are several representatives of the sector, such as the Portuguese Water Distribution and Drainage Association (APDA), the Portuguese Association of Sanitary and Environmental Engineering (APESB), the Portuguese Association of Water Resources (APRH), ESGRA - Association for Waste Management, APEMETA - Portuguese Association of Environmental Technology Companies and DECO - Portuguese Association for Consumer Protection.

 

For more information: www.ersar.pt

VALORLIS - Recycling is Giving MARCH 29, 2018

Valorlis, EGF's concessionaire for the region of Leiria, in order to awaken the population to the importance of recycling, promotes in 2018 the 5th edition of the awareness campaign known as Recycling is Giving, a challenge to schools and social solidarity institutions, to promote the collection of household recyclable waste, namely plastic and metal packaging and / or paper / cardboard.

 

"This campaign, which aims to increase the population's recycling habits, is aimed at schools and social solidarity institutions, seeking to be a more dedicated service to these places, where many recyclables are produced, but where the component of promoting sustainability and environmental education are essential. ", explains Marta Guerreiro, Valorlis' Delegate Administrator.

 

This campaign of environmental awareness and education aims, through the promotion of waste collection for recycling, to donate material for educational action, material goods or services to schools and institutions of social solidarity of municipalities Batalha, Leiria, Marinha Grande, Ourém, Pombal and Porto de Mós.

 

Thus, all the entities that sign up for the campaign will be made available the Recycling is Giving Kit containing the materials associated with the campaign: campaign brochure with information, contacts and waste separation rules and also plastic and metal packaging bags .

In addition to the Kit, environmental awareness visits are planned for all participating entities, which will explain the correct way of separation and packaging of waste.

 

Valorlis ensures the referral for recycling of the materials collected in the Recycle campaign and the effort of the schools and institutions will be rewarded, depending on the quantities collected, with the acquisition of pedagogical action material, material goods or services to be delivered by Valorlis to the participating entities.

 

"This campaign aims to promote the increase of the collection of recyclable materials, being part of the policy of Valorlis to associate the collection of packaging to social causes. It represents for Valorlis an increased collection effort in schools and institutions, but we believe that in this way we encourage the habit of separating domestic waste, essential to reach the demanding goals set for Valorlis in terms of material sent for recycling, "explains Marta Guerreiro.

 

In 2017, 31 schools and 37 IPSS participated in the campaign, and 100 tons of waste were collected and sent for recycling. All the participating institutions and schools received the chosen counterparts, according to their needs.

 

Valorlis, a company that manages the selective collection and treatment of municipal waste in the municipalities of Batalha, Leiria, Marinha Grande, Ourém, Pombal and Porto de Mós, continues to focus on raising awareness in the community, in order to guarantee an adequate functioning of the management system of the region.

ALGAR - More containers MARCH 26, 2018

ALGAR, EGF Concessionaire for the Algarve region, has an investment of EUR 1,415 thousand (one million, four hundred and fifteen thousand euros) in the purchase of containers for selective collection. This is a very significant project for the region, co-financed by the Operational Program for Sustainability and Efficiency in the Use of Resources (POSEUR), Portugal 2020 and the European Union through the Cohesion Fund.

 

According to the Executive Administrator of the company Telma Robim «Algar with this project is improving the service provided. The intervention will reach sites not yet covered, increasing the storage capacity of recyclable waste, the accessibility to selective collection and the environmental quality of people's lives. "

 

The company has acquired 781 new containers which is enabling a growth of 7,827m3 in deposition capacity, corresponding to an increase of about 30% in the number of containers made available to the Algarve population.

 

Did you know that in 2017, the ALGAR when forwarding for recycling:

  • 601 tons of paper / carton, collaborated to keep alive 189,015 trees?
  • 295 tons of PET, contributed to the production of sufficient fiber destined for the confection of 1,593,846 polar sweaters?
  • 039 tons of glass, contributed to the manufacture of 37,597,500 new glass bottles?

Remember that in the containers for selective collection only packaging waste should be placed. In the container Yellow - the plastic, metal and liquid food cartons in the container Green - the glass containers and the container Blue - paper and paper and cardboard packaging. Your container is counting on you!

 

For more information: www.algar.com.pt

Companies launch new websites MARCH 20, 2018

The beginning of this week marks a new stage in the digital scenario for 06 companies of the EGF Group.

 

Valnor, Resiestrela, Valorminho, Algar, Resulima and ERSUC have officially launched their Internet portals, creating a greater integration between EGF's business units and making the digital communication channel more informative, efficient, clear and dynamic. These portals were developed from a similar structure, sharing synergies in backoffice work, available tools and content development, and then explore the characteristics and differences of each company.

 

The new websites present information and details on the business areas of each company, detail the sustainability strategy and the campaigns of each organization and also reinforce the transparency of the EGF group's communication from the availability of financial information, by operation, to all the users. Access to information becomes simpler and more intuitive with the new websites.

 

In addition, the newly launched websites have an exclusive area for customers, where it is possible for the user to find information about the admissible residues, the particularities of the selective collections, the needs for waste delivery and the documentation and licenses for the operation of each company. This is a new channel that allows greater knowledge and approaches the work of citizen's companies.

 

With these new contents and greater dynamism, EGF believes in the opportunity to expand best waste management practices, contributing to the growth of the business and sustainability of the country.

 

Meet in the new internet websites:

 

 VALNOR    |    RESIESTRELA   |   ALGAR   |   VALORMINHO   |   RESULIMA   |   ERSUC   |

 

Recycling grows in VALORSUL 16 MARÇO 2018

The selective collection of packaging in 2017 saw an increase of 6% in the area of Valorsul, the EGF Concessionaire for the region of Lisbon (North) and West. The positive trend was registered in all materials and in all municipalities. Valorsul returned to fulfill this year the established goal of sending packaging to recycle, reaching, in 2017, the promising 45 kg per inhabitant per year.

 

The main goal is to reach 2020 with this indicator at 49 kg / inhabitant.

 

Currently, Valorsul sends for reuse and recycling 28% of its municipal waste (including organic recovery).

 

Reducing the placement of biodegradable waste in landfills is also a national goal, and Valorsul has kept its disposal below target. For more information

 

More information at www.valorsul.pt

 

Our House is a Planet MARCH 9, 2018

EGF - Environmental Global Facilities, in collaboration with Projeto_80 and the Manuel António da Mota Foundation, promoted the launch of the environmental education action "OUR HOUSE IS A PLANET" at the Amarante High School on March 8th.

 

The project is the result of a joint work of EGF Concessionaries ALGAR, ERSUC, RESIESTRELA, RESINORTE, RESULIMA, SULDOURO, VALNOR and VALORMINHO, and was supported by the Environmental Fund and the National Strategy for Environmental Education 2020.

 

The first sessions of this project took place in Amarante, on March 8 and 9 with more than 500 students from the Marão Basic School,  S. Gonçalo School and Amarante High Shool. In the initial sessions, the Secretary of State for Education, João Costa, and the Deputy Secretary of State for the Environment, Cátia Rosas, were present, as well as representatives from various public entities and associations.

 

The themes of Reduction, Reuse and Recycling are thus approached in an innovative way, using as itinerant planetary resources and 3 films projected in 360º, which allows an interactive dynamic with students and participants. This action contributes to an active citizenship in the field of sustainable development, in the construction of a low carbon, rational and efficient society in the use of its resources.

 

The films tell the story of two brothers, Guida and Rui, in versions adapted to various ages, which, according to the film they are going to see, develop an action that will alert and explain why reduce, reuse and recycle waste which we all do in our homes.

 

This project will soon start a cycle of presentations in various events, initiatives and schools of the various teaching cycles. The agenda for this initiative will be available shortly, and can be consulted on the EGF website and the companies that participated in the project.

Recycle BinGo is ON! FEBRUARY 19, 2018

Valorsul, Amarsul and Valorlis, EGF Concessionaries, with the support of the Environmental Fund of the Ministry of the Environment, have just launched the Recycle BinGo - a mobile application that promises to have more and more Portuguese families playing with the recycling bin.

 

Recycle BinGo is an application, but it works like a game that makes the recycling experience much more fun and rewarding. How?

 

Simple.

 

The main mission of the game is to make visits to our usual recycling bin. Through geolocation our Smartphone knows that we are close to it.

 

 

When we check in we unlock a set of friendly animals, the EcoGifts, with which we fill our BinGo cards. Each time we complete a card, we earn EcoCoins - which we can exchange for great prizes, such as movie tickets, discount vouchers, and more. In addition to this main mission, the application is launching special surprise missions with the aim of improving Portuguese knowledge about recycling, maintaining the involvement with BinGo Recycle, and of course, rewarding the best friends of the planet.

 

Recycle BinGo is now available on the App Store and on Google Play.

 

Valorsul, Amarsul and Valorlis are responsible for treating about a quarter of all urban waste in the country. And they have the important task of promoting the fulfillment of national objectives in the field of circular economy.

 

We are certain that Recycle BinGo will help them all fulfill this important mission. But for this to happen, this news must spread.

Help us spread the recycle bin.

 

We count on you.

 

Find out all about the most friendly game on the planet at: www.recyclebingo.pt

VALNOR - more recycling containers FEBRUARY 02, 2018

VALNOR, EGF Concessionaire for the Alto Alentejo region, provided more recycling containers in the Municipality of Castelo Branco, last Friday, January 26, with the placement of 7 sets of containers.

 

Also during this year, VALNOR intends to increase the number of containers available to the population, as well as the periodicity of door-to-door collection, and to sensitize the population for the correct separation of waste, through awareness-raising campaigns that are very focused on schools, the Horeca channel and the events promoted by municipalities.

 

This action will be extended to other municipalities served by Valnor, in order to strengthen and improve the service to all populations, optimize and increase the service of selective collection, thus ensuring the correct referral of waste for recycling, decreasing, progressively, the deposition of waste in landfill.

Sculpture student is the winner JANUARY 14, 2018

Marco Zecchinato, student of sculpture is the great winner of the EGF / Fine Arts College Award!

 

The proposal chosen by the jury of the EGF / Fine Arts Prize symbolizes renewal and calls attention to the cycles of the environment, in a theme directly linked to the EGF, which marks its 70th anniversary.

 

Marco Zecchinato's Paper Sculpture is part of the EGF sphere and creates a form that is renewed. By means of a metamorphosis in which matter returns to be something else, it is interconnected by geometry and transcends itself as "pure form, which develops vertically and becomes almost water, almost earth, almost wind and almost fire ", In a direct allusion to the 4 elements of the Universe.

 

EGF and Fine Arts College, as a boost to the promotion of new artists and designers, will award a certificate of participation to all competitors and will also distinguish Bruno Bastos, the second finalist, with an Honorable Mention for his work, also of high quality.

VALORSUL has a new website JANUARY 02, 2018

Valorsul has a new website. With a renewed image and contents, at www.valorsul.pt it is possible to find out how the domestic waste produced in the 19 municipalities of its area of intervention is treated and valued.

 

By browsing the Valorsul web page everyone can visit virtually their facilities, get to know the Business Areas of the company, the Environmental Education offers and, in the Customers Area, find all the necessary information to deliver your waste in Valorsul.

 

The new site features more interactive videos and the content and has been designed to fit mobile and tablet viewing too.

EGF - The First 70 Years DECEMBER 22, 2017

With 70 years of history, EGF has an environmental path of excellence and today is a leading European company in the environmental sector and leader in the treatment and recovery of waste in Portugal.

  

Founded on December 22, 1947, the history of EGF is marked by innovation and has been a beacon in many areas, in sectors as diverse as agronomic modeling, aeronautics, food distribution and the distribution of infrastructure in the Tagus basin.

 

But it is in the waste sector that the EGF is highlighted - EGF was present at all times and from the beginning in the environmental revolution that transformed Portugal, from a country that put its waste in waste dumps to a country that is proud to treat and to value the waste it produces.

 

Portugal is today a European and World reference in the fast and efficient way in which it has solved its waste management problems, but also increasingly knows how to transform them into resources and raw materials. It is with pride that EGF contributes every day to this success.

 

The First 70 Years

It was with eyes in the future that EGF materialized on December 7th, a working meeting with its leaders, with the objective of discussing the themes that mark the present and future activity of the company. At a time when there are many variables and uncertainties in the waste sector, EGF is once again planning and delivering solutions because we believe that the sound past is a lever for a promising future.

ALGAR renews certifications DECEMBER 19, 2017

Algar, EGF Concessionaire in the Algarve Region and responsible for the valorization and treatment of urban waste produced in the 16 municipalities of Algarve, renewed the certification of the Integrated Quality, Environmental and Safety Management System implemented, with transition to the new normative references NP EN ISO 9001: 2015 (Quality) and NP EN ISO 141001 of 2015 (Environment).

 

According to the Delegate Administrator of Algar, Telma Robim, "the company was audited between November 21 and 24, and it was considered by the certification entitity, APCER, that the conditions necessary for the Transition of the Integrated Management System were met, implemented in all administrative, support and operational units, namely: the Selective Collection activity; 2 Sanitary landfills; 8 Transfer Stations; 13 Ecocentres; 2 Transfer Stations; 3 Biogas Energy Enhancement Units; 3 Composting Units of Green Residues; 3 Leachate Treatment Units and 1 Organic Valuation Plant. All the facilities and activities of the company remain certified, leaving us very satisfied ".

 

The confirmation of the maintenance / transition of the certification acknowledges that the management of Algar's multimunicipal system of selective collection, waste transfer, sorting and solid waste treatment is carried out with respect for high standards of service quality, taking into account the treatment of about 400,000 tons of municipal waste per year.

 

Among the innumerable internal and external advantages inherent in Algar's Integrated Management System are the adoption of principles for the prevention of pollution, as well as the reduction of resource use and the application of compensatory measures in technical and organizational options, with a view to the minimization of environmental impacts, the reinforcement of training and the satisfaction of employees, customers, stakeholders and society. In the scope of Security, Algar prevents the risk of accidents, occupational diseases and guarantees a safe and healthy work environment in all sectors of the company.

 

Telma Robim adds: "Algar has the Management System certified in:

    

     Quality to better serve you,

     Environment for a more sustainable Algarve,

     Security for the protection of its employees,

 

thus reinforcing the commitment to continuously improve the effectiveness of the Multimunicipal System and its contribution to the sustainable development of the Algarve region.

Ecovalor Programme - 2017/2018 DECEMBER 15, 2017

The 17th edition of Ecovalor, the environmental education program of Valorsul, EGF's concessionaire for the regions of Lisbon (North) and the West, is in progress, with the mission of promoting recycling and good environmental practices.

 

Ecovalor takes place in the 19 municipalities in the Valorsul area of ​​intervention and it is planned to involve 300 schools and 80 social solidarity institutions. The goal is to have schools and institutions at the forefront of the separation of recyclable materials.

 

In this programme, recycling has a double value. Recyclable materials return to the production cycle and become raw material, and schools and institutions are rewarded for their good environmental performance.

 

To this end, participants will have access to awareness raising actions, visits to Valorsul and prizes up to 1,000 euros. These prizes are awarded in the contest "Recycle and Win", to educational establishments or institutions for the separation of plastic & metal and paper & cardboard and will distinguish the ones that separate more quantity per municipality. The expectation for this edition is to send to recycle 430 tons of plastic & metal packaging and 306 tons of paper & cardboard.

 

For more information: www.valorsul.pt

 

Algarve - Compost for free DECEMBER 15, 2017
As of December 18, all ALGAR facilities, the EGF Concessionaire for the ALgarve region, will have vegetables and samples of the NUTRIVERDE® compound to offer those who travel to their facilities to deliver waste. The purpose is to invite the Algarve citizens to grow a vegetable garden. In addition to arousing interest for healthy eating brings yet economic advantages by providing cheaper and tasty vegetables.

 
Organic Composition of ALGAR side by side with Agriculture

NUTRIVERDE® is produced by ALGAR from green waste. Its excellent quality promotes higher yields in agricultural crops. It is a 100% natural organic compound that, besides being not aggressive and polluting to nature, brings numerous benefits to the soil, as it combats erosion and improves its physical, chemical and biological properties. NUTRIVERDE® can be purchased at ALGAR's premises during the hours of operation. The company has 3 Green Composting Plants in operation, in Portimão, São Brás de Alportel and Tavira. NUTRIVERDE® deliveries can be made by ALGAR, under conditions to be agreed with the customer.
 

Currently the sale of NUTRIVERDE® and NUTRIVERDE PREMIUM® is carried out in bulk and in big bag (packing with about 800 kg). To know more about NUTRIVERDE® see www.algar.com.pt
Award EGF - Fine Arts DECEMBER 03, 2017

The EGF, in the framework of the celebration of its 70 years, and the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Lisbon, are promoting a prize to be awarded to a student of the Faculty of Fine Arts of University of Lisbon for the creation of a site specific work that represents the corporate identity of EGF.
 

The competition is directed exclusively to students enrolled in the 1st and 2nd cycle studies of Sculpture and Design of Fine Arts Equipment, with the final purpose being the placement of the award-winning work at EGF's headquarters. The jury is composed of Gabriela Ventura, President of the Board of EGF Management, Ana Loureiro, EGF Communication Officer, Professor Victor dos Reis, President of the FBAUL, or a representative appointed by him, João Castro Silva, Assistant Professor of FBAUL, Ana Lia Santos, Assistant to the FBAUL .
 

The objectives of this collaboration include the encouragement, development and dissemination of new artists and designers, as well as the reinforcement of EGF values. EGF, integrated in the MOTA-ENGIL and URBASER Group, rather than valuing waste, values ​​the quality of life of the people, ensuring that the waste produced is used as resources or sent to the most appropriate destination.

Waste Reduction in the Agenda NOVEMBER 19, 2017

The European Week for Waste Reduction has already started and runs from November 18 to 26 in 30 countries. As of November 18, there were 13,410 registered actions, all with the objective of reducing, reusing and recycling the waste produced.
 
The thematic axis of this year's year is Reuse and Repair: Give It a New Life! This theme represents the need to change from a disposable attitude to a greater appreciation of the products and resources used. EGF and its Concessionaires have once again aligned themselves with this movement, with ongoing actions but also with initiatives that take place on specific days and times.

 

 

The European Week of Waste Reduction

Launched in 2009, this initiative has always focused on awareness-raising for waste reduction, the highest priority set out in the European hierarchy of waste management. Throughout the eight previous editions, this initiative has been increasingly successful and has created a network of public and private actors actively involved in the field of waste prevention. Not only associations, public authorities, educational institutions and companies, but also individual citizens, will implement actions this week: this shows the growing interest in reducing the amount of garbage we put in the containers every day. Including this year's actions, this initiative has reached a total of 87,221 actions since its first edition in 2009. On average, a European citizen produces almost 500 kg of waste annually while recycling less than half of it or even less.

EGF at the University of Coimbra NOVEMBER 16, 2017

EGF supports the participation in the next workshop dedicated to the Circular Economy in Environmental Geotechnology, an event organized by the University of Coimbra and the Portuguese Commission of Environmental Geotechnics, which will take place next November 22nd.
 

The participation of EGF will be carried out by Eng. Anália Torres da Valorsul (Concessionaire for the regions of Lisbon (North) and West of Portugal), with a presentation - The circular economy in the management of urban waste.
 

The main topics of the Workshop include the strategic concepts and objectives of circular economics, efficiency and societal challenges in the use of geomaterials, processing and treatment of waste and recent developments for the recovery of contaminated areas.

 

This workshop is intended for professionals involved in the field of waste in general, including entrepreneurs, technicians, lawyers, economists, academics and students. For more information: https://ecocircular.wixsite.com/ecocirgeoambiental

EGF at the Technical Conferences NOVEMBER 15, 2017

EGF participates actively next week at the 10th International Technical Waste Conference, organized by APESB and held at the Porto Superior  Institute of Engeneering, from November 21 to 23.
 

These seminars are a technical reference on waste issues at the national level and include national and international reference speakers, notably Antonis Mavropoulos, President of ISWA - International Solid Waste Association, and Timothy Bouldry, ISWA Program Coordinator who has already taken more than 40 children and youth out of Nicaraguan dumpsites in exchange for scholarships and inspires similar programs around the world.
 
 

 

The EGF will be present with two communications, provided by Eliana Félix - Selective door-to-door collection project in Suldouro, and Ana Loureiro - Strategic Environmental Communication.
 

The program also has relevant institutional presences, with master classes and specialized technical visits and will be a space for debate for the sector. For more information: http://www.jornadas-residuos2017.apesb.org/

Surf Championship to recycle! NOVEMBER 08, 2017

The separation of packaging waste during the Surf World Championship, which took place in Peniche at the end of October, broke all records. In all, it was possible to send for recycling more than 5 tons of material, mainly plastic, diverting this waste from a much less useful destination: the landfill.
 

The materials collected (paper and board, plastic and metal, and glass) were sent to the Valorsul sorting center and prepared and sent for recycling. It was only with the paper and cardboard collected that it was possible to save 30 trees. The organization of the event and Valorsul concentrated, from the first hour, to guarantee conditions so that the public could separate their packaging.
 

"For an Ocean without Plastic" was the motto of this edition of the championship and there were several initiatives coordinated by the municipality to raise awareness of the population on environmental issues.

OE 2018: Future Challenges OCTOBER 18, 2017

Gabriela Ventura, President of EGF's Board of Directors, will participate this week at the conference on the State Budget for 2018, organized by VdA and APGEI, on October 26, under the theme "Future Challenges".
 
The event is opened by Tiago Marreiros Moreira (VdA member), who is also a speaker at the Fiscal Panel: "OE Fiscal News and Future Prospects" with Samuel Fernandes de Almeida (VdA Member). In the Business Panel with the theme "Present and Future Challenges", there will be a moderated debate by journalist Paulo Ferreira, in which EGF CEO, Roland Berger Portugal President, Novo Banco CEO and President of the Forum for Competitiveness will participate.
 
 

 

The conference will take place on October 26 in Lisbon, at the Hotel Ritz. For more information: OE 2018: FUTURE CHALLENGES

EGF applications approved OCTOBER 19, 2017

The companies of the EGF Group competed with the Environmental Fund with two applications, grouped in Consortium and led by Valorsul and Resiestrela, with the projects Recycle Bin-Go - Mobile Application and Actions of Environmental Education.
 
Both projects were approved by the Ministry of the Environment and will be financed and executed still in 2017, in a total investment of 192,000 €. These initiatives are innovative in the way they approach the citizen, both by technological development and by the creative approach, and both bet on a paradigm shift that gives more relevance and evidence to the concrete benefits that both the individual and the society obtain through the act of separating and recycling their waste.
 
 
Recycle Bin-Go - Mobile Application

The APP is a project run by Valorsul (partner leader), Amarsul and Valorlis, and will function as an interactive game in which the citizen (and its sphere of influence - family nucleus, friends of social networks, co-workers) is invited and to participate. This participation implies going to the container, adopting correct behaviors in the separation of recyclable residues and sharing information in its network of influence. Each of these behaviors and tasks performed in the APP will correspond in reality, with the attribution of points. The more times you travel to your eco-spot, the more points you earn; and every time the citizen shares the good behavior or pedagogical contents, also earn points. This project links the gaming component to the reality of recycling, and rewards citizens for good behavior.
 
Environmental Education Actions in itinerant planetariums

The Resiestrela (leader of the Partnership), Algar, Ersuc, Resulima, Suldouro, Valnor and Valorminho are the companies that constitute the Partnership that have applied for the Environmental Education Actions project. These actions will be dedicated to the issue of urban waste and will resort to innovative technological methods of information transmission as a structure to support action. For its accomplishment will be designed and produced 3 specially designed films with contents adapted to 3 different target groups: Kindergarten / 1st Cycle; 2nd / 3rd Cycles; Secondary / Adult, which will be presented in 360º full dome, an innovative form of projection that incorporates real and three-dimensional images projected into an inflatable dome using itinerant planetariums. Each awareness-raising event will last for thirty-five minutes with the presentation of a film, a game on the theme and delivery of teaching materials that allow to consolidate the knowledge obtained and serve as a vehicle for the transmission of information. Mobile immersive cinema is an innovative concept of learning that stimulates and encourages students towards sustainable production and consumption, being a means of excellence to capture the attention of young people and transmit information in a creative and innovative way.

VALORLIS - pedal for recycling OCTOBER 17, 2017

As part of the "Recycle is what you are giving" campaign, which aims to raise awareness of the importance of recycling, Valorlis, the EGF Concessionaire for the region of Leiria, challenged the entire population to participate in the 7th Valorlis Bicycle Tour - On the Route of Packaging ", on October 15.
 
Once again the membership exceeded expectations and the tour was attended by 270 participants from 5 to 72 years. The tour started in Valorlis, with two courses, a shorter one of only 10 km, where the participants returned by bus to Valorlis and a longer course of 30 km.
 
At Valorlis, there was animation for children with reuse ateliers and games related to the theme of recycling. Also present was the falconer of Valorlis with a flying demonstration of birds of prey, which charmed children and adults. The morning ended with a convivial lunch.
 
The entries had the symbolic value of six plastic, metal, glass, carton or carton packs of liquid food cartons that each participant deposited in the containers placed in the match.  In only oe morning, it was possible to collect about 250 kg of packaging for recycling.
 
"This tour is part of the policy of proximity and" open doors "that Valorlis maintains from the first day. On Sunday morning we were able to bring entire families together in a different activity, but with our goal to always warn of the importance of recycling ", explains Nuno Heitor, Valorlis' General Director.
 
The 7th Bicycle Tour of Valorlis was organized by the AIRBIKE - Cycling Association, with the support of Gopaper. "The success of the initiative, a fun bike ride in which the motto is recycling, and the various requests of the participants at the end, already lead us to consider the Bicycle Tour Valorlis as an annual event," says Nuno Heitor.

ALGAR - new cell in the landfill OCTOBER 12, 2017

Algar, the EGF Concessionaire for the Algarve region, is already working on the construction of the third cell of the Sotavento Sanitary Landfill, located in Cortelha, Loulé, which serves the population of this municipality, Faro, Olhão, São Brás de Alportel, Tavira, Vila Real de Santo António, Castro Marim and Alcoutim.
 
Its construction was already planned under the initial project of the landfill, namely in the second phase of its implementation, with the purpose of increasing the capacity of deposition of the undifferentiated waste collected in the municipalities of the Eastern Algarve.
 
 
 
 
The new cell, which is being built with the best available techniques of environmental preservation, in order to guarantee the waterproofing of the soil and the protection of the aquifers, will allow the reception of around 130,000 tons of waste per year and an operating life of 10 years.
 
The environmental protection system at the bottom of the cell consists of:

. basal regularization layer with 0.50 m of average thickness;
. bentonite geocomposite;
. geomembrane in high density polyethylene, 2.0mm thick;
. non-woven geotextile of 500gr / m2 (protection of mechanics);
. draining layer with 0.50m thickness.

 

The slopes consist of:

. basal regularization layer with 0.50 m of average thickness;
. bentonite geocomposite;
. geomembrane in high density polyethylene, 2.0mm thick;
. non-woven geotextile of 500gr / m2 (protection of mechanics).

 

The bottom of the cell will have a drainage network to capture the produced effluents, which will be sent to treatment at the Leachate Treatment Station. As the cell is being exploited, biogas drains will be built, which will allow the degasification of the waste mass and consequent capture for the production of electric energy. The contract, valued at 4 million euros, is expected to be completed within a maximum period of 16 months, with this investment being expected to achieve a backlog of 1,200,000 cubic meters for the disposal of waste.

VALORLIS supports artist Bordalo II OCTOBER 10, 2017

With the support of Valorlis and in the scope of the event "Leiria, walls with history: PUBLIC ART" was in Leiria on the 28th and 29th September, the artist Bordalo II, famous for reusing materials and creating urban art works using as raw material, waste.
 

Due to the creative approach and contemporary language that characterizes it, Bordalo II is currently an internationally projected artist, carrying the message of the importance of environmental sustainability across borders. On the wall supported by Valorlis, damaged containers, various plastics and metals were used and a heron with three cubs was born, a unique and surprising urban work that can be visited during a walk along the banks of the Lis River.
 

The "Leiria, walls with history: PUBLIC ART" is a Valorlis EcoEvent, and is committed to reducing the environmental impact and promoting proper waste management, resulting from the various stages of the event, through the implementation of concrete measures such as: implement environmental awareness actions among all participants, optimize the material resources used, considering their potential for reuse and / or recycling and the placement of mini containers in the places of artistic interventions and exhibition spaces.
 

The urban art work "Garça" can be visited in Leiria, Street of Tomar / Route Polis __ 39.742516, -8.802083.

EGF participates in World Congress SEPTEMBER 25, 2017

EGF is present at the ISWA World Congress - International Solid Waste Association, which this year takes place in Baltimore, USA, from September 25th to 27th. The event is a world reference for the waste sector and is held every year in a different country - the latest news, policies, trends and technical issues associated with technology, engineering or social sciences are discussed here.
 
The participation of EGF is ensured by Ana Loureiro, Head of Communication, who will moderate the session Designing Socially and Financially Sustainable Waste Systems in Emerging Markets, which will take place on Wednesday, September 27. In this session, participants will have access to information and guidance on how to develop strategies for implementing waste management systems that are fundable and environmentally sustainable.
 
For more information on the session: Designing Socially and Financially Sustainable Waste Systems in Emerging Markets
For more information on the ISWA World Congress: ISWA 2017 - Baltimore

EGF supports WASTES conference SEPTEMBER 25, 2017

EGF sponsors the WASTES 2017 International Conference, held at the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto on 25th and 26th September.
 
This conference is organized by the CVR - Waste Recovery Center and the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto, and is focused on topics related to the Circular Economy, namely with opportunities, challenges and restrictions. The development of innovative techniques, tools and strategies to improve environmental performance and the discussion of how industrial activities impact the environment will be some of the topics under discussion.

For more information: Wastes 2017

ALGAR supports social causes 22 SEPTEMBER 2017

ALGAR, the EGF Concessionaire for the Algarve region, made a total of € 1,776.00 under the Environmental Awareness Campaign "Recycling Mission to Equip tthe Red Cross" and "From Cap to Bottle", two initiatives supported by the company that aim to appeal to the separation of bottles, empty bottles as well as plastic caps and encourage their delivery in the entities that benefit from these campaigns, namely, the Red Cross Delegations and the Algarve Oncological Association.

In this way, it is intended to contribute to obtaining funds in favor of the acquisition of equipment or other means necessary for the services they provide to the population. Nine months after the signing of the cooperation protocols, 8,88 tonnes of plastic packaging have already been sent for recycling.
 
How to collaborate with the campaigns:
Just go to each of the following institutions and deliver bottles, empty bottles and plastic lids.
 
Campaign "Mission to Recycle to Equip the Red Cross"

Where to go - Beneficiary entities:
Delegation of the Red Cross of Faro-Loulé;
Delegation of the Red Cross of Moncarapacho / Fuseta;
Delegation of the Red Cross of Tavira;
Delegation of the Red Cross of Lagos;
Delegation of the Red Cross of Portimão;
Humanitarian Center of Silves.
 
Campaign "From cap to bottle"

Where to go - Beneficiary entities:
Algarve Oncological Association
Anyone who contributes to the campaigns will not only contribute to these institutions gaining the means to improve the conditions of service provided to their users, but will also promote good environmental practices.
 
Advantages of Recycling
Recycling of used packaging has many advantages, among them the reduction of the amount of waste deposited in landfills, preventing the need to build more landfills and the preservation of natural resources, since the recyclable waste after treated is transformed into raw material, which can be used in the process of producing new products.

EGF Film "The World Counts" 13 SEPTEMBER 2017

The new EGF film, The World Counts, is now available, where you can learn about the Group's activity and about the various business areas.

 

The film lasts for 5 minutes and in a short time it is possible to know different and effective ways to value the waste produced, depending on its characteristics. With EGF it's possible to value resources through the selective collection and sorting of recyclable materials; mechanical and biological treatment; energy recovery; recovery of slag, production of RDF (refuse-derived fuel) or through the safe disposal of waste into landfill.

 

This film exists in Portuguese, English and Spanish versions and is available here: EGF Film

ALGAR - Solidarity Garden SEPTEMBER 07, 2017

After a year and a half of the signing of the protocol of cooperation between Algar and the Food Bank Against Hunger in the Algarve (BACF) under the project "SOLIDARITY GARDEN", both entities now make a positive assessment of the initiative. It should be recalled that this action took place in March 2016 as a result of a partnership between the Portuguese Federation of Food Banks and the Ministry of Justice, through the Directorate General for Reinsertion and Prison Services.
 

The objective of the project "SOLIDARITY GARDEN" was to grant the inmates of the institute of social reintegration, namely of the prison establishments of Faro and Olhão. Over the course of this period, about 20 men went through the project, the vast majority on parole and working. Teams composed, as a rule, of four men, carried out activities in the field of horticultural production in organic farming, developed on land provided by the Ministry of Agriculture (Patacão, Faro) and with the result of their work allowed many needy families supported by the BACF would have access to a variety of healthy foods.
 
For the planting of horticulture, under the aforementioned protocol, the BACF has relied on the transfer of the NUTRIVERDE® compound produced by Algar from the green waste recovery. A 100% natural product, environmentally friendly, ideal for use as organic fertilizer and or substrate that can be used as a production factor in organic farming.
 
From March 2016 to the present, Algar delivered 26.62 tonnes of the NUTRIVERDE® compost for use in the cultivation of various vegetables (lettuce, tomato, pepper, courgette, pumpkin, cabbage, fava beans, onion and sweet potato). Over a year and a half of developed work, 12 tons of these foods were produced, however distributed by institutions throughout the Algarve, which, through the BACF, support a total of 18,000 people.
 
SOLIDARITY GARDEN has proved to be an extremely emblematic and significant project. In addition to its excellent results, it has allowed us to work on very important issues such as social integration, environmental protection and nutritional care, in this case the integration of food to feed needy people throughout the Algarve.
 
The SOLIDARITY GARDEN project currently has more partners who "feed this idea", namely:
 
. Regional Directorate of Agriculture and Fisheries of the Algarve (with the provision of land, water, equipment, fuel, manpower for equipment handling and technical support - free of charge);
. General Directorate for Reinsertion and Prison Services (EP Olhão and EP Faro with the transfer of prisoners - with costs);
. Câmara Municipal de Loulé (transfer of transport to schools that develop activities in HORTA and transport of manure - without costs);
. Faro Municipal Council (transfer of manure transport - without costs);
. University of Algarve (involvement of students and teachers of the agronomy course - free of charge);
. Portuguese Federation of Food Banks (through plant / seed transfer protocols, as well as production factors such as fertilizers - without costs);
. ARS Algarve (promotion of healthy eating - free of charge).
. ALGAR (transfer of compound NUTRIVERDE - without costs);
. PLANTALGARVE (transfer of plants - free of charge);
. VIDAVERDE (yielding of plants - without costs);
. EQUINOSTRUM (transfer of manure - with costs);
. Loulé Horse Riding Center (transfer of manure - free of charge).
. MAPS (involvement of users in recovery from drug addiction - free of charge);
. CAT (involvement of users in recovery from drug addiction - free of charge);
. ACASO (involvement of disabled and disabled users - free of charge):
. EXIST (involvement of disabled and disabled users - free of charge);
. AAPCDAM (involvement of disabled and disabled users - free of charge);
. ASMAL (internships and CIS + of disabled and disabled users - with costs).
 
It should also be mentioned that in the ambit of Algar's activity the company cooperates with several local projects aimed at the development of the Algarve region, and regularly promotes environmental awareness campaigns aimed at the general population, small commerce and services.
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Sustainability Report 2016 SEPTEMBER 4, 2017

Mota-Engil published the 2016 Sustainability Report, a publication for which EGF and the various Concessionaires contributed with specific information about their activity.
 

In this publication it is possible to find specific Environmental, Social and Economic information on the waste treatment and recovery activity, among other useful information in the various sectors in which the Mota-Engil Group operates.
 

For more information and download: Mota-Engil 2016 Sustainability Report

Campaign for electronic equipment AUGUST 30, 2017

Algarve firefighters rely on the collaboration of the Algar Campaign "Missão Electrão" - since May 2015, the Firefighters' installations in the Algarve region are part of the collection network of the Amb3E - Portuguese Waste Management Association (Amb3E), a result of the celebration of protocols established in the ambit of Algar's "Missão Electrão" campaign.
 

The "Electronic Mission" is a campaign that combines the environmental component of awareness and promotion of the collection of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE), light bulbs and batteries to the population, having associated a social aspect, by granting a financial contribution which has allowed firefighters to equip their barracks.
 
  
Algar, EGF Concessionaire for the Algarve region, is responsible for ensuring the operation of the logistics platform of the campaign including the placement of 48 suitable containers in Fire Departments, the articulation of the means of collection and the forwarding of the waste to the Units of Valorization and

ALGAR in partnership with Docapesca AUGUST 23, 2017

ALGAR, the EGF Concessionaire for the Algarve region, is a partner of DOCAPESCA Portos e Lotas, SA in the course of the project The Fishing for a Sea without Trash, whose objective is to combat one of the main threats to the preservation of marine resources and ecosystems - the Marine litter.
 

This project joins fishermen and ports in improving the environmental conditions of our coastal zone. Algar is a partner of the initiative in the region in the Algarve, through the provision of 120L containers to the Fishery Center of Culatra Island, for the disposal of recyclable waste collected by the fishermen (plastic cups and bags, beverage packages, cans and Styrofoam). These wastes collected at sea or produced on the vessels are sent to shore by the fishermen, who put them in Algar containers. Fagar takes care of transporting all the waste (recyclable and non-recyclable) from the island of Culatra to the facilities of Algar, where they receive the appropriate treatment.

 

The initiative is part of one of the voluntary commitments of Portugal, undertaken by the Ministry of the Sea, within the framework of the 14-Oceans Sustainable Development, whose purpose is:

 

1. Improve the management of waste aboard fishing vessels;

2. To sensitize and support fishermen in the adoption of good environmental practices in the Portuguese coastal zone;

3. Preserving marine ecosystems;

4. Promote the collection of the waste generated on board and captured in the fishing gear and provide adequate infrastructures for its reception.


In addition to DOCAPESCA, Algar and Fagar, the remaining participants in this process are the Associação Moradores da Culatra, the Portuguese Lixo Marinho Association and the Faro Municipal Council.
 

The project started at Culatra on August 21 with 102 members (boats, nursery and shellfish), a result substantially higher than the one reached in Peniche, where the pilot project of this initiative was launched and currently has 66 members. DOCAPESCA intends to monitor fishermen on a quarterly basis to monitor the evolution and degree of adherence to the initiative. The initiative was attended by the Minister of the Sea Ana Paula Vitorino, Secretary of State for Fisheries José Apolinário, Miguel Lisboa President of Algar, Teresa Coelho President of DOCAPESCA, Rogério Bacalhau Mayor of Faro, Silvia Padinha President of the Association of Residents Of Culatra and Sofia Quarema representative of the Portuguese Association of Marine Litter, among other local entities.

Every year millions of tons of garbage reaches the oceans. Fishing activity is greatly affected due to damage to fishing gear and vessels and to the reduction of catches resulting from ghost fishing, where lost or abandoned nets and traps lead to the continued imprisonment and death of fish and other marine species.
 
Marine litter is a social problem in which individual and sectoral decisions and behavior play a crucial role in solving it. This project works on two levels: in the prevention of the entry of garbage into the marine environment and in the removal of marine litter from the oceans. Collaboration between fishermen, their vessels and fishing ports is important for raising awareness among coastal communities, fishing communities and promoting the co-responsibility of all those who are directly or indirectly involved in this problem.
 

Did you know that marine litter ...

  • Can kill or injure marine animals?
  • Can affect human health?
  • Economically hamper fishing and tourism?
  • Is composed mostly of plastic?
  • Originates mainly in terrestrial activities?
  • Can remain in the oceans for hundreds of years?

 

Time it takes to decompose

  • Cigarette beads: 1 to 5 years 
  • Sumo Packages: 100 years 
  • Aluminum cans: 80-200 years 
  • Plastic bottles: 450 years 
  • Fishing nets and ropes: 600 years 
  • Glass: Not determined
Door-to-door collection in SULDOURO AUGUST 21, 2017

Suldouro, EGF Concessionaire in the South of the Douro, responsible for the treatment of municipal waste in the Municipalities of Santa Maria da Feira and Vila Nova de Gaia, started last July 01 the expansion of its project door-to-door waste collection of recyclable packaging.
 

Configured to promote an increase in the quantity and quality of the selective collection of paper / cardboard, plastic / metal, beverage and glass packages, the communication, awareness and containerization actions of the project have already integrated, since last July 1, 1,480 new users, with the equivalent distribution of more than 4,440 tri-phase selective domestic equipment.
 
 
 

 

Validated and adjusted by weighing the good results obtained in the pilot phase developed in 2016, Suldouro's door-to-door selective collection project (PAP) implements a strategic option established in its PAPERSU in response to the challenges introduced by the national strategy (PERSU 2020) in terms of increased multi-material recycling. The PaP project contributes to the achievement of the specific objectives of the multimunicipal system managed by Suldouro as well as to the national objectives of the urban solid waste management strategy within the framework of the Community's waste policy.

For more information: www.suldouro.pt

ALGAR with actions in Lagos AUGUST 17, 2017

ALGAR, EGF Concessionaire for the Algarve region, collaborates once again with the Lagos City Council in the framework of the activities of the Campaign "Lakes in the Wave of Summer - 2017".
 
As part of the Blue Flag Campaign, Lagos City Council has continued the awareness campaign / Environmental Education "Lakes in the Summer Wave", which aims to raise awareness, inform and raise awareness among the population, particularly children, of existing problems in particular the role that each of them can play in reducing and eradicating some of these problems, thereby contributing to the achievement of sustainable development. The aforementioned project continues to be widely and innovatively coated and has been available during the bathing season in the months of July and August of the current year. The pedagogical activities / games and animation in the sand are developed in thematic workshops, whose themes are: "Waste & Pollution", "Energy & Climate Change", "Water", "Your planet is your land: "Taking care "and" Healthy Eating & Wellness ".
 
Thematic workshops have been held on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays (except public holidays), in the morning, on the beaches of the Municipality of Lagos. Algar has been a collaborator of this project since it was implemented and similarly to previous years has participated through the dynamization of activities in the weeks whose theme is "RESIDUES & POLLUTION". In July Algar was in Praia da Luz and in August Algar was in Porto de Mós beach, on August 28th and 30th. For more information: www.algar.com.pt

AMARSUL gives school award AUGUST 14, 2017

The Eco Sound contest is an initiative promoted by Amarsul, EGF Concessionaire in the South Bank of the Tagus, which aims to promote and consolidate good recycling habits in the Secondary Schools of the Setúbal Peninsula, involving all stakeholders (students, teachers and employees) in the daily life of the school.
 
During the 2016/17 academic year, the 2nd edition of the competition was held, with the participation of 18 schools and a total of over 20,000 students. About 107 tons of recyclable waste were recovered, distributed between paper / cardboard, plastic and glass.
 
The winning school registered an average of 12 kg / pupil at the end of the competition, having received an exclusive concert by Deejay Telio & Deedz B and 1,000 euros in pedagogical material. The 3rd edition of Amarsul Eco Sound starts at the beginning of the next school year with 27 participating schools. For more information: www.amarsul.pt

ALGAR with "Ciência Viva" AUGUST 10, 2017

During August, in partnership with the "Ciência Viva" Center of the Algarve, Algar, EGF's Concessionaire for the region, is participating in the project "Living Science" in the Summer in Network. It is an initiative that integrates more than 800 free participation actions throughout the country, involving the "Ciência Viva" Centers, scientific institutions, municipalities, companies and scientific associations.
 
Algar is the major promoter of awareness activities related to the environment and the correct separation of urban waste in the Algarve region. That is why this year was invited by the "Ciência Viva" Center of the Algarve to participate in the project Live Science in Summer in Network, an initiative that takes place throughout the country in the summer, between July 15 and September 15.
 
In this action, the company makes itself available to raise awareness of the importance of good environmental practices through guided visits to the Faro / Loulé / Olhão Transfer and Sorting Station. Those interested in participating only have to make their application using the online platform: http://www.cienciaviva.pt/veraocv/2017.

Summer with VALORLIS AUGUST 4, 2017

Valorlis, EGF Concessionaire for the region of Leiria, will take the recycling to the beaches of S. Pedro de Moel, Osso da Baleia, Pedrógão and Vieira, during the month of August.
 
This summer, recycling-themed games such as the waste separation game, the micado and the giant recycling puzzle, and the fun Wastemania game will be energized. A workshop for the construction of puppets will also be invigorated, reusing household waste.
 
The activities will take place at Vieira beach on August 5 and 20, at Pedrógão beach on August 6 and 19, São Pedro de Moel beach on August 12 and 26 and at Osso da Baleia beach on August 13 and 27. These actions will take place between 1400h and 18h30.
 
Nuno Heitor, Managing Director of Valorlis, explains that "these actions aim to encourage the public to improve recycling and reuse habits, sensitizing the importance of the correct disposal of packaging in ecopoints."
 
The games will be runned by animators from Valorlis, who will also be available to clarify some doubts that may exist about recycling.
 
In addition to games and entertainment, visitors will also be able to take Valorlis's message to their homes, with some themed gifts that will be distributed.
 
                                                             

Valorlis in the Beaches 2017

                                                              

Date

 Beach (14h / 18h30)

 5th August (Saturday)

Vieira beach

 6th August (Sunday)

Pedrogão beach

 12th August (Saturday)

S. Pedro de Moel beach

 13th August (Sunday)

Osso da Baleia beach

 19th August (Saturday)

Pedrogão beach

 20th August (Sunday)

Vieira beach

 26th August (Saturday)

S. Pedro de Moel beach

 27th August (Sunday)

Osso da Baleia beach


 
For more information: www.valorlis.pt

SULDOURO - Tons of Help JULY 17, 2017

SULDOURO, EGF Concessionaire in the municipalities of Vila Nova de Gaia and Santa Maria da Feira, delivered more than 12 thousand euros to educational institutions, regarding the prizes of the second edition of the Solidarity Campaign Tons of Help.

The initiative promoted by Suldouro aims to help the social causes designated by the participating schools that during the academic year promoted to the respective educational communities the collection of packaging waste for later shipment for recycling.

At the end of the edition, more than 115 tons of recyclable waste were collected, which allowed schools to raise more than 12,000 euros, which will be applied to social causes named by these educational institutions.

Suldouro thus continues its mission of promoting environmental education and awareness of the communities where it operates.

Valnor supports firefighters JULY 10, 2017

VALNOR, EGF Concessionaire for the Alto Alentejo region, started in 2016 a social solidarity campaign, aimed at the help of the Voluntary Firefighters Associations, which consists of the collection and delivery of plastic caps and packaging for recycling, thus obtaining funds to support the acquisition of equipment for the respective entities.
 

The objective of this campaign is to encourage the population to valorize plastic by supporting voluntary fire companies (belonging to the 25 municipalities in the area covered by VALNOR), raising awareness of the need to promote and participate in sustainable development, but also to support institutions that, with scarce resources, help those who need it the most.
 

 

 

After about a year and a half of the beginning of the campaign, the Municipal Firefighters of Gavião receive a Monitor of Vital Parameters (with approximate value of 1,500 €), result of the delivery of about 8 tons of plastic, for recycling. The material delivery ceremony was held on June 30th, was attended by elements of the Municipal Firemen, City Hall and VALNOR.

VALORLIS - Home Composting JULY 8, 2017

About 100 people attended the 6th Encounter of Home Composting Valorlis, the EGF Concessionaire for the region of Leiria, on 8th July.
 
The initiative was considered a success, both in terms of the participation of the participants and in the quality of the presentations of the various speakers and trainers, thus making a very positive assessment of this pioneering meeting on this theme at the national level.
 
Joining the users of home composting bins distributed by Valorlis for an exchange of experiences and providing new learning about this theme and related ones through a series of thematic workshops were the main objectives of the initiative. Throughout the day the participants took every opportunity to clarify doubts and share tips and advice with trainers and with each other and were very interested in learning new ways of cultivating, using plants and seeds and looking for a way Healthier and more sustainable lives.
 
"This is already an emblematic event for Valorlis, in the same space to bring together people from 5 to 70 years, among seeds, conversations and plants, as a contribution to a future that is intended to be more ecological. The Valorlis Domestic Composing Programme exists for 10 years and allowed throughout this period to divert from the landfill 18.900 tons of waste, positioning the company as a beacon of innovation and environmental and social reference, also contributing to the sustainable development of the region, "says Nuno Heitor , General Director of Valorlis.
 
The 6th Valorlis Home Composting Meeting took place on Saturday, July 8 at NERLEI - Leiria Region Business Association, in Leiria, and on one day it was possible to collect 130kg of recyclable waste that the participants in the event placed in the packaging waste bin located at entrance of the premises.

School separates 11.6 kg / pupil JULY 5, 2017

The Kindergarten of S. Pedro da Torre, located in the area of ​​VALORMINHO, won the first edition of the contest Come With Us in this Big Separation.
 

The 1st edition of this school competition, promoted by the EGF Concessionaire located in Minho (North of Portugal), has come to an end and already has a winner - the Kindergarten of S. Pedro da Torre in Valença. The competition was attended by five schools: the Jardim de S. Pedro da Torre, the Centro Escolar de Valença, the Centro Escolar de Campos, the Centro Escolar de Vila Nova de Cerveira and the Centro Escolar de Covas, covering about 750 students. All these students and their teachers, educators and educational assistants participated in the awareness-raising activities prior to the competition.
 
 
 
The so-called "Recycling Agents" took on the mission of collecting plastic and metal in containers, which were then packed in big-bags during the tender period, and afterwards, to have the respective collection and weighing of them .
 

In this first edition, the 1st of the Kindergarten of S. Pedro da Torre presented the best result in the ranking of separated waste, registering 11.63 kg / student, having received the BIG SCHOOL CERTIFICATE, a book as a participation prize and a didactic prize in the value of the total about recycled. All schools that participated in the contest received a certificate of participation and a book alluding to the Environment "Handicrafts Friends of the Environment".
This contest included the collection of 2.5 tons of packaging, helping the school to improve its environmental performance even more, sensitize and mobilize the surrounding community.
 

Valorminho intends to continue to promote this kind of initiatives, so it is expected to hold the 2nd Edition of the competition in the 2017/2018 school year, covering other schools and continuing to bet on the propagation of the message of good environmental practices.

Schools save 2,900 trees JULY 3, 2017

VALORSUL schools save lives of 2,900 trees and avoid importing 2,000 liters of oil.
 
 The 352 schools participating in the Sort and Win competitions from Valorsul, the EGF Concessionaire for the regions of Lisbon (North) and the West, sent to recycle 324 tons of plastic and metal and 147 tons of paper and cardboard.
 

The biggest reward is environmental: paper and cardboard recycling prevented the slaughter of 2,900 trees and all the separate plastic allowed to lower the import of oil in 2,000 liters. The schools were also awarded a total of over €37,000.
 

 

 

In the Yellow container (packaging waste), the performance of the EB1 / JI Sacadura Cabral da Amadora, which separated more than 6,500 kg and two schools of the Cadaval, was highlighted: EB1 Painho EB1 / JI with around 10,000 kg and EB1 / JI Dagorda reaching 11,500 kg !
 

In the Blue container (paper and cardboard), the commitment of the schools EB1 of São Martinho do Porto, with more than 6,500 kg, and of the EB1 of Vimeiro, that surpassed the 7,000 kg, both of Alcobaça. And also the EB1 / JI Moita dos Ferreiros, in Lourinhã, which presented an excellent result, with 13,000 kg of paper and cardboard.
 

In the academic year that is now ending, Ecovalor, Valorsul's environmental education program for the school community, has reached 300 schools, which translates into the involvement of 53,000 students. In addition to school competitions, Valorsul complements its offer with awareness-raising activities, visits to its facilities and materials on recycling.
 

In keeping with its commitment to environmental education and recycling goals, Valorsul recognizes the key role of schools and working in partnership with municipalities.
 

On June 30, the results were officially presented at the Valorsul facility in Cadaval, before environmental and waste technicians in the 19 municipalities.

VALORSUL launches new aggregate JUNE 22, 2017

Valorsul, the EGF Concessionaire for the Lisbon (North) and West regions, is promoting the use of aggregate for road construction, and, in its launch campaign, provides a free 20-tonne load, with transportation included, to the first 20 orders.
 

Additional quantities only pay for shipping. The offer is limited to a 60 km radius of the facilities in Vila Franca de Xira.
 
 
 
 
PRODUCT WITH CE LABEL
The Valorsul aggregate is a CE marking product that complies with European legislation and harmonized European standards. The material was studied, with excellent results, and approved by the National Laboratory of Civil Engineering. This material is innovative in Portugal, but is commonly used in other northern European countries, such as the United Kingdom, Norway and Germany.
 

In the area of ​​road paving, this artificial aggregate - suitable for ungrounded layers of base and sub-base - is a solution very well adapted to the road construction since it has characteristics similar to those of the natural aggregates, being a reliable alternative that associates a Non-plastic behavior, high shear strength values ​​at good strength. Of extensive granulometry, it has already been used in the sub-base of roads where heavy vehicles usually circulate and also in landscaping arrangements in several municipal services. Its production complies with the specifications of NP EN 13242: 2002 + A1: 2010.
 

ENVIRONMENTAL ADVANTAGES
The artificial aggregate of Valorsul comes from waste valorization, reason why it fits in the 5% of recycled materials that obligatorily all the public works must incorporate. In addition, it is a perfect example of circular economy, sparing the use of natural aggregates, so often extracted from quarries and rivers.
 

For those who are building roads or paths and need to purchase gravel or tout venant (and will carry large transport costs), this is an opportunity to save on the account of your work and the resources of the planet.

 

 

 

ALGAR awards school in Faro JUNE 19, 2017

The 5th edition of the Let's give Life to Waste contest, from the 2016/2017 school year, promoted by Algar, EGF Concessionaire for the Algarve region, has come to an end and already has a winner - Montenegro's Basic School 2,3 ( Faro).
 

The competition was attended by 48 schools covering a population of 23,000 students who participated in awareness-raising activities for 5 months, inspected the waste produced at the school and prepared plans to ensure its correct management. Recycling brigades verified whether the wastes from their production to the final destination received the appropriate treatment taking into account their different characteristics.
 

These initiatives have improved containerization and signaling processes in the school space, allowing more efficient separation / disposal. The result of the final work was fantastic, accounting for 128,717 kg of recyclable waste correctly sent for recovery.

 

Also, the residential areas surrounding the schools were involved in this process, joining the awareness campaigns promoted by the students in collaboration with Algar for the collection of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE).
 

Quantity of Recyclable Waste Collected in 48 Schools (kg)
(school year 2016/2017)

Glass

Paper/ Cardboard

Plastic/ Metal

Stacks

WEEE

Total (kg)

35 508

49 588

32 860

70

10 690

128 717

 

In order to encourage the implementation of the Waste Management Plans that schools have implemented, Algar has made available around 650 equipment, namely: Ecobags, for paper/cardboard, glass and plastic/metal packaging; Containers for WEEE and containers for the disposal of batteries and accumulators.
 

The Basic School 2,3 in Montenegro (Faro), which had already been the winner in 2014, presented the best result in the "Ranking of Collected Recyclable Waste" with a total of 10,850 kg of waste in this 5th edition, having received a computer from Recognition of merit.
 

Quantity of Recyclable Waste Collected (kg)

E.B. 2,3 do Montenegro (school year 2016/2017)

Glass

Paper/

Cardboard

Plastic/ Metal

WEEE

 

Total (kg)

1190

3865

1995

3800

10 850

 
 
Algar also gave a Tablet among the students who were part of the "Recycling Brigade" team, mentors of various awareness campaigns held in and out of school. All participants received Ecobags, so that in their homes they can continue the good performance of the separation of recyclable packaging made during the school year in school.
 

Professor Rui Moreira, who accompanied the implementation of the projects in EB 2,3 of Montenegro, believes that the Let's Give Life to Waste contest has contributed to the school's commitment to improving its environmental performance, as well as sensitize and mobilize the entire community to achieve the goals of this project that is everyone's, as you can see in the results achieved over the last few years!
 

Algar intends to continue to promote this kind of initiatives, so it is expected that there will be a 6th edition of the competition in the 2017/2018 school year, certainly with more news.
 

The objective will be to continue to convey the message that the good environmental practices developed can bring numerous benefits regarding the quality of life not only of the school space but also of the whole community and contribute to the personal formation of these future citizens - says Miguel Ferreira, General Director of ALGAR.

ERSUC - Solidarity Glass Campaign JUNE 14, 2017

ERSUC, the EGF Concessionaire for the central area of Portugal, started a campaign dedicated to the collection of glass, which in addition to contributing to the recycling of this material, allows to support firefighters of the region.

 

The campaign is called SOLIDARITY GLASS, and the objective is to encourage the population to value glass and its deposition in the green containers, but also to help the volunteer firefighters of the Central Coast, making the population aware of the need to promote and participate in the sustainable development, but also support those institutions that are scarce and to help those who need it most.
 

For each additional ton of glass (based on the amount of glass collected in homologous periods) deposited in the green containers installed in the ERSUC area, 5 euros will be donated to the Volunteer Firefighters of the Central Coast Multimunicipal System, according to Contribution of each municipality.

 
The amount of glass collected in the green containers of each municipality, during the 12 months of 2016 (14.303 tons) will be the reference to make the attribution of the donations.
 

The monthly registration of the quantities of glass collected in 2017 and its homologous period will be published on the ERSUC website and the donations will be awarded at the end of the 12 months of the campaign.
 

For more information: www.ersuc.pt

Environmental Day - North to South JUNE 5, 2017
EGF and the Concessionaires are celebrating the World Environment Day from North to South of the country, with varied initiatives aimed at schools, businesses and commerce and services.
 
APPOINTMENT BOOK
 
ALGAR
 
JUNE 5 - PRIZE DELIVERY
Algar awards the prize to the school that won the competition "Let's give life to waste".
 
6/7 JUNE
Presence of the VEA (environmental education vehicle) in São Brás de Alportel, in the Roberto Nobre Park. The actions are directed to the schools and are based on prior scheduling with the Municipality. They take place between 10am and 5pm.
About the actions in the VEA:
The VEA is equipped with interactive display panels and multimedia games of an environmental nature, which among other topics addresses the importance of "3 R's: Reduce, Reuse and Recycle waste". The visit offers the experience of a 3D movie, composed by an animation starring Algar mascot "Cool".
 
AMARSUL
 
5 JUNE - ACTION FOR PROTECTING THE ENVIRONMENT
Theme: Environmental protection and sustainable development
Location: Mata dos Medos, Protected Landscape of the Upper Fossil of the Costa da Caparica
Meeting Point: Interpretation Center of the Forest of Fears
Hours: 09H00 to 12H30
Organization: Territorial Detachment of GNR de Almada / SEPNA
Partners: Almada City Council, Institute of Nature Conservation and Forests / Protected Landscape of the Upper Fossil of Costa da Caparica.
 

6 JUNE - ECOSOUND CONCERT
Location: Daniel Sampaio School (Almada)
Hours: 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
ERSUC
 
5/9 of JUNE - HOUSE OF THE ENVIRONMENT
Between 5 and 9 June, the traveling exhibition Casa do Ambiente will be present in the Municipality of Pampilhosa da Serra. The purpose of this exhibition is to sensitize visitors to the importance of domestic waste separation. In addition to the opportunity to view the ERSUC institutional film, those who visit us can, through a playstation game, learn the rules of waste separation and find out which is the most correct way to use the ecopoints.
This partnership between the Municipality of Pampilhosa da Serra and ERSUC will allow hundreds of children in the Municipality to learn about how their waste is treated.
 
VALORLIS
 
JUNE 5 - TO PLAY WE LEARN TO SEPARATE
Location: Leiria; Jardim João de Deus School
Hours: 9.30 to 11.30
Number of Participants: 60
Activity: Awareness on Recycling and Waste Treatment Waste separation kits
 
JUNE 5 - ENVIRONMENT PARTY
Location: Praia do Pedrogão, Leiria
Name Action: Environment Party
Hours: 1:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Number of Participants: 300
ActivityAreal Games
 
 
JUNE 5 - TOGETHER WE MAKE BETTER ACTION WITH REFOOD LEIRIA
Location:Leiria
Hours: 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Number of Participants: 100 families
ActivityDelivery of reusable cloth bags for families to receive food (avoid production of waste: plastic bags)
Distribution of Ecobags to families and awareness of waste separation.
 
6/8 of JUNE - WEEK OF EDUCATION 2017
Location: Porto de Mós
Hours: 09:00 a.m. to 04:00 p.m.
Number of Participants: 300
ActivityReuse Workshop: Book Marker: Pinocchio Theme
 
VALORMINHO
 
5 JUNE
Reception of 300 visitors from the Valença Schoral centre for guided visits to the facilities.
 
VALORSUL
2/5 JUNE - LOURES InSS II
Inserted in the initiative Loures InSS, which organizes several activities since June 2, Valorsul marks the presence of World Environment Day, which presents several activities:
"Círculo Mágico" Projects Showcase, within the scope of the municipality's program of education and environmental awareness carried out in schools during the current school year,
Higher Technical Institute projects show;
- Seminar - Sustainability, Innovation and Society Seminar
Closing of the celebrations
 
 
5 JUNE - LOURES INSS II SEMINAR
June 5 from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. - Marqueses da Praia Palace - Loures
PROGRAM
Electric Mobility - The Future Today!
MOBI-E
 
Sustainability is possible: Mission Compliance vs. Environmental Performance of Monte Real Air Base No. 5
Portuguese Air Force
Air Base No. 5 - 1st Defense Unit of the European Union and the European Economic Area to obtain EMAS certification
 
National Environmental Education Strategy - Global Vision
Portuguese Environment Agency
 
Society and Innovation. Active involvement of the local community in the environment
ADAL, Perspective of a Local NGO
 
Waste Management, analyze the past to prospect new course
Valorsul
 
Energy Efficiency - Observatory of Sustainability of the Municipality of Loures
Loures Municipal Environment and Energy Agency and Environmental Public Services Unit
 
5 JUNE - CELEBRATIONS WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY (ODIVELAS)
Valorsul participates with stand and activities for the students of the schools of Odivelas.
5 JUNE - ECOVALOR (LOURINHÃ) PRIZES DELIVERY
16h00 - Valorsul and the Municipality of Lourinhã will deliver the prizes to schools that participated in the Ecovalor Program on this day. The event is scheduled for 4:00 pm in the noble hall of Lourinhã City Hall.
 
9 JUNE - RESULTS OF ECOVALOR COMPETITION (ODIVELAS)
On this day, Valorsul and the Municipality of Odivelas present the results of the Separate and Winning Contest, at 3:30 p.m., in the Auditorium of the Paços do Concelho of this Municipality.
12 JUNE - ECOVALOR PRIZE DELIVERY (VILA FRANCA XIRA)
Valorsul and the Town Hall of Vila Franca de Xira deliver the Ecovalor Awards, at 10:30 am.
RESIESTRELA at Enertech 2017 JUNHO 1, 2017

Resiestrela, EGF Concessionaire for the region of Cova da Beira, in partnership with the Municipality of Sabugal, participated in the 2nd edition of Enertech 2017, held at the end of May, collaborating with this EcoEvent to ensure the proper management of the waste produced, accounting the quantities produced of paper/cardboard, plastic/metal and glass during the days in which it took place.
 

Under the motto "SABUGAL, SOURCE OF NATURAL ENERGY", the Sabugal municipality wants to become a central territory in the controlled use of resources and in the search for new solutions that are friendly to the environment and promote human comfort, especially for the latent and unexplored potential of its territories, highlighting innovation and environmental sustainability, aiming to be a meeting space for promotion, dissemination and demonstration of what happens in the natural energy sector.
 
For more information: www.resiestrela.pt

VALORSUL - Solidarity Company MAY 30, 2017

Valorsul was one of the 3 winners of the Solidarity Company Award, a distinction awarded by the City Council of Amadora to the companies that stood out the most during the year 2016, in terms of Social Responsibility.
 

In this edition, 13 companies competed for the award. The goal was to honor organizations that contribute positively to society, also managing their environmental impacts.
 

Valorsul competed with its Ecovalor Program, which in 2016 provided the students of the municipality with 36 visits to its facilities, to 800 participants and 21 actions of sensitization in the classroom, covering 450 participants. Ecovalor's biggest success is the recyclable sorting contest in schools, where schools receive cash prizes according to the quantities of materials they send to recycle. In 2016, Amadora's schools received prizes worth almost € 2,000 and it was possible to collect 10 tonnes of plastic and metal and 14 tonnes of paper and cardboard. The separate paper and carton saved the slaughter of 300 trees.
 
The jury included representatives of the municipality, associations related to social responsibility and the business world.

RESINORTE Conference in Amarante MAY 25, 2017

Resinorte, EGF Concessionaire for the North Central region, once again promoted the Environmental Technical Conferences, which were held on May 25th in Amarante, and attended by representatives of the 35 Municipalities that are part of its Concession area.
 
These days were devoted to the Circular Economy and its practical application, with concrete examples. The presentations were provided by a diverse panel of speakers which addressed issues such as the challenges to overcome these goals at national and local level, innovation, production of organic compost, energy recovery, management of specific flows and the importance of communication and environmental education.
 
For more information: www.resinorte.pt

AMARSUL organizes ECOFASHION'17 MAY 16, 2017

It will be in Barreiro, in the EMEF factory, that AMARSUL, EGF Concessionaire in the Peninsula of Setúbal, organizes another edition of ECOFASHION 2017, on May 27, at 9:00 p.m.
 

This event, which combines fashion with recycling, was created by Amarsul in 2010 and consists of a fashion show whose garments are made by renowned designers, made from recyclable materials and exclusive to the initiative. The aim is to raise awareness of the potential for recovery of waste through reuse and recycling.
 

Several public figures are associated to this event, of which stand out Olivia Ortiz, Iva Lamarão, Vanessa Martins, Lenka and Helena Coelho. The event will be presented by Diana Taveira and the service DJ will be DJ Rita Mendes. More information: https://www.amarsul.pt/wp-contentuplo/

VALORSUL - Let's Clean Up Europe MAY 9, 2017

Valorsul, EGF's concessionaire for the region of Lisbon (North) and West, invites citizens to participate in the Let's Clean Up Europe initiative. The days of greater activity are the days 12, 13 and 14 of May.
 

Valorsul is one of the regional organizers of this initiative, which has the support of the European Commission and promotes the cleaning of beaches, forests and other places, trying to raise awareness of the problem of growing waste.
 

In 2016, 5.800 initiatives were registered across Europe that brought together 500.000 participants. To join this movement it is only necessary to organize an action or to appear in one of the cleaning places, which can be consulted at www.valorsul.pt. Here you can find the information about the steps to follow and how to organize cleaning initiatives that are a success!

VALNOR with action in Campo Maior MAY 5, 2017

The Municipality of Campo Maior and VALNOR, EGF Concessionaire for the Alto Alentejo region, with the objective of increasing the levels of selective collection, started on May 4th an increase in the service of collecting door-to-door packages dedicated to shops and commercial activities.

In addition to increasing the number of participating establishments and the typology of waste collected free of charge (provided if the packaging waste is properly separated), a solution is offered that is more in line with the reality of Campo Maior, which will improve the environmental performance of the region, ensuring greater accessibility in the historic zone pf the municipality. For more information: http://www.cm-campo-maior.pt/en/noticias/noticias-projetos/2145-municipal-continua-a-sensibilizar-para-a-importancia-de-reciclar

ALGAR - Cleaning the Ria Formosa MAY 2, 2017

The Municipality of Faro organized, between April 20 and 28, the twelfth edition of the ecological action Clean the Ria Formosa. This initiative fits into the environmental education activities of the Blue Flag Program of the county and intends to carry out a cleaning action in the areal, marsh and islets.
 
This action already counts on the synergy developed between several entities and with a range of volunteers who will try to transmit a message of awareness for the preservation of the natural resources existing in Ria Formosa.
 
Algar, EGF Concessionaire for the Algarve region, participated in this initiative by providing colored bags for the disposal of recyclable waste, and made available its services to receive the waste that will be collected during cleaning, subject to admission to the their facilities. More information at www.algar.com.pt

VALORSUL exceeds 2016 targets APRIL 28, 2017

On average, each inhabitant of the area of the 19 municipalities of Valorsul, EGF Concessionaire for the regions of Lisbon (North) and West, produced 459 kg of waste in 2016 - about 1.3 kg per day.
 
Of this amount, Valorsul delivered 42 kg of materials (paper & board, plastic & metal, glass) per inhabitant for recycling. This was a goal overcome, since it was defined at 40 kg/hab.year. The final goal in 2020 is 49 kg/inhabitant,  and Valorsul continues to work in close partnership with its municipalities to meet this and other demanding objectives set out in PERSU 2020. For more information: www.valorsul.pt

EGF joins ESGRA association APRIL 26, 2017

EGF joined as an associate to ESGRA - Association for Waste Management, with effect from April 11.
 
This Association, founded in 2009, has the mission to promote the interests of its members in the scope of management and exploitation of waste treatment systems, as well as its strategic development in the field of research of resources that preserve and enhance the country towards a greater economic and cultural development.
 
EGF believes that the synergistic sharing of resources and purposes will be an asset for both entities and for the waste sector in Portugal. More information about ESGRA at www.esgra.pt

EGF in the National Waste Forum APRIL 21, 2017

The 11th National Waste Forum was held in Lisbon, organized by the newspaper Água & Ambiente, and was supported by EGF. The Secretary of State for the Environment and the Assistant Secretary of State for Trade opened the event, and EGF was present with four panelists, who had the opportunity to discuss the new threats, challenges and opportunities for the waste sector. This year, the National Waste Forum privileged the debate on energy recovery, tariff regulation and management of specific waste streams.
 

In his speech, the President of EGF's Board of Directors, Ismael Gaspar, defended in the energy recovery panel, that "energy recovery is a scenario to be considered in addition to material recycling targets, and as such it is in this line that EGF will interpret the waste directives that will be adopted and transferred to the entire territory of the European Union. "
 

Miguel Lisboa, Production Manager at EGF, was present at the meeting and defended that "Mechanical and Biological Treatment Units (TMB), receiving undifferentiated waste, contribute decisively to meet the goal of diversion of organic waste from landfill and the goal of preparation for reuse and recycling. As such, the future waste management model, based on the community guidelines and the waste hierarchy, should result from a progressive adaptation of the current model, ensuring that the investments made will continue to add value.
 

Marta Guerreiro, EGF Engineering Department Director, and the Director of EGF's Legal and Regulatory Office, Marta Neves, were also present to discuss the new Integrated Packaging Waste Management System (SIGRE) and its operation with the dynamics of the new licenses (which allowed the entry of a second management entity earlier this year). These changes to the system also raised several legal and technical implications for the liberalization of the collection and treatment of packaging waste below 1.100 liters, whose current model assigns the municipalities the reserve of this activity.
 

It is recalled that by 2020 the European Commission's targets for the waste sector are based on the principles of the Circular Economy, and include the ambitious target of limiting 10% of waste for landfill.

EGF in the National Waste Forum APRIL 18, 2017

EGF will participate in the National Waste Forum on April 19 and 20, a national event organized by the Water and Environment Journal in Lisbon, at the SANA Malhoa Hotel. This annual reference event is sponsored by EGF and has the participation of four speakers who will represent EGF in the discussion panels dedicated to PERSU 2020; diversion of landfill waste and energy recovery; the new SIGRE; and the merits and demerits of the delimitation of sectors.
 
EGF AGENDA AT THE NATIONAL WASTE FORUM
 
19 APRIL - 2.30 pm - PERSU 2020
 
Moderator: Rui Berkemeier, ZERO Specialist

Abílio Almeida, Head of Operations Division of LIPOR
Ana Silveira, Professor at FCT-UNL
João Dias Coelho, Chairman of the Board of Directors of TRATOLIXO
Miguel Lisboa, EGF Production Manager
 
APRIL 20
 
14:30 - DEVIATION OF WASTE FROM LANDFILLS AND WtE IN THE 2030 SCENARIO
 
Moderator: Susete Dias, IST Teacher

Fernando Leite, Managing Director of LIPOR
Ismael Gaspar, President of EGF
João Dias Coelho, Chairman of the Board of Directors of TRATOLIXO
Paulo Praça, Director General of Waste in the Northeast
Rui Berkemeier, ZERO Specialist
 
14h00 - THE NEW SIGRE AND ITS OPERATION - THE DYNAMICS OF THE NEW LICENSES
 
Moderator: João Pedro Rodrigues, Administrator of Gibb Portugal
Luis Veiga Martins, Director General of Sociedade Ponto Verde
Marta Guerreiro, Director of the EGF Engineering Department
Pedro Nazareth, AMB3E Director General
Ricardo Neto, President of Novo Verde
 
16:40 - THE FUTURE OF WASTE MANAGEMENT: MERITS AND DEMERTIES OF THE DELIMITATION OF SECTORS
 
Moderator: Manuel Cabugueira, Professor of the Lusophone University
Carlos Raimundo, Advisor to the Management of AEPSA
José Eduardo Martins, Partner of Abreu Advogados
Marta Neves, Director of EGF's Legal and Regulatory Office
Paulo Lopes Marcelo, Member of the Board of Directors of ERSAR
Paulo Praça, Chairman of the Board of ESGRA
 
More information about the program at http://www.ambienteonline.pt/11fnr/programafinal

ALGAR delivers food to institutions APRIL 12, 2017

ALGAR, EGF Concessionaire for the Algarve region, and ENTRAJUDA (Algarve), in 2016, raised a total of 10,735t of packaging waste in the Separate Feeding campaign, which allowed the collection of funds to purchase food Specific nutritional needs of children aged 12-36 months, supported by the Algarve Food Bank.
 

The aim of the campaign is to collect recyclable plastic, metal and beverage packages, and with its sale to purchase food products for children up to 3 years of age. As part of this action, deposition centers were set up to collect material at ALGAR and at the Food Bank of Algarve.
 

The initiative has obtained adhesion by the population and several local entities, which with the gesture of separation of the waste guarantee their recycling and contribute to the help of those who need it most.
 
 
Everyone can continue to collaborate - just empty empty containers at ALGAR's facilities, which are located throughout the Algarve region from Aljezur to Alcoutim, or at the Food Bank's premises in Portimão and Faro, informing Who do it in favor of the Separate for Food campaign. For more information: www.algar.com.pt

ALGAR has an innovative project APRIL 3, 2017

Algar, EGF Concessionaire for the Algarve region, is a partner of the ALGAMATER project, submitted for European funding application H2020, which has been approved.
 

The partnership is carried out in the demonstration of a new leachate water treatment technology, which intends to use microalgae photobioreactors for the treatment of industrial wastewater (leachate). Associated to this initiative is also the University of Algarve, through the Laboratory of Sanitary Engineering. The project uses an innovative technology that combines a chemical oxidation step to a biological treatment system and also to a stage of tuning the treated effluent through photoboreaders with microalgae, the whole system being developed and patented by Bluemater.
 

These photobioreactors have the curiosity to be "fed" with the CO2 produced by burning biogas in the existing motor generators in the landfill, contributing to the mitigation of greenhouse gases (GHG). Another innovative aspect of this system is the possibility of reuse of leaching water and other wastewater, which allows to use this system in areas of shortage of drinking water and close the cycle, rather than a rejection of water in the receiving environment.
 

In 2015 a pilot test was carried out at the Sotavento Algarvio Landfill, where the effect of the ALGAMATER WWTP was demonstrated. It was concluded that the primary flotation with ozone is very advantageous because it reduces the organic load and drastically improves the decolorization of the leachates, improving their biodegradability. Other tests were carried out over 10 years now presenting the mature solution to go to the market. Taking into account the schedule of the work of the project, it is estimated that the treatment line will be in an industrial scale at the end of 2018.
 

The approval of this financing is the installation of a "ALGAMATER" technology, with a capacity of 150 m3/d, at the Sotovento Algarvio Sanitary Landfill (Loulé county), with no costs for Algar. Algar will only assume the energy costs resulting from its operation. The project will last for 2 years and aims to demonstrate the suitability of the new treatment technology in the leaching waters, which are the most difficult effluents to treat, thus allowing its application in all types of effluents, both urban and industrial, So that it can move to the marketing stage. More information at www.algar.com.pt

AMARSUL with innovative application APRIL 3, 2017

Amarsul, EGF Concessionaire at the south of Tagus river, presented an innovative platform in the area of ​​environmental management. The application, called GIASOR, was presented at the Waste 2 Business Seminar, organized by APEMETA (Portuguese Association of Environmental Technologies), which was held on March 16, to relevant entities and personalities related to the waste sector.
 

GIASOR is a pioneering project, produced in collaboration with the Polytechnic Institute of Setúbal, whose algorithm allows the efficient management of selective collection circuits, guaranteeing greater efficiency in the process, as well as providing relevant information for each container with updated information Bi-daily. It is currently possible to access all the information provided by GIASOR, through its website www.amarsul.pt

With this platform, the location of each ecoponto installed in the Peninsula of Setúbal can be identified, the level of filling of the container at the last collection or until the planning of future collections. This is how Amarsul remains an innovative company in the waste sector, fulfilling its mission of promoting the environmental sustainability of the Setúbal Peninsula.

International meetings - VALORSUL MARCH 31, 2017

VALORSUL, EGF Concessionaire for the regions of Lisbon (North) and West, received technical meetings between 27 and 30 March from two international associations: CEWEP - Confederation of European Waste to Energy Plants and ISWA - International Solid Waste Association.
 
These meetings took place in Lisbon, where issues and solutions to environmental challenges were discussed in various topics, such as recycling, energy recovery or environmental communication. The technicians present in the initiative also had the opportunity to visit the Valorsul facilities and exchange experiences among themselves.

EGF releases 2016 indicators MARCH 27, 2017

EGF treated and valued 3.2 Million tons of municipal waste

 

EGF, through its 11 Concessionaires, received, treated and valued 3.2 Million tons of urban Waste in 2016, from 174 municipalities and produced by 6.3 Million inhabitants.

 

The waste received represents 64% of the national production, and it was possible to recycle materials, save the consumption of raw materials, produce compost and renewable energy. In 2016 a total of 281.000 tons of packaging were sent for recycling, 35.000 tons of organic correctives were produced and 546 GWh of energy produced.

 

The involvement of the population of the 174 municipalities in the areas covered by EGF companies was essential to achieve these results. Each citizen, by separating and putting the packaging in the recycling bin, contributed to the fact that by the end of 2016 it was possible to send for recycling materials that allow to produce or save very significant resources.

 

EGF remains committed to ensuring that the waste produced is transformed into raw materials, contributing significantly to the development of a Circular Economy and to the achievement of the goals that Portugal has committed to achieve.

VALORSUL at GreenFest MARCH 24, 2017

All 17 O.D.S. - UN Sustainable Development Goals for 2030, are the motto for the first edition of GreenFest Torres Vedras, which will be held from March 24 to 26 at Expotorres, and in which Valorsul, EGF Concessionaire for the Lisbon and West region, is participating.
 

To celebrate 10 years of existence, GreenFest, the biggest sustainability event in Portugal, takes place for the first time outside the municipality of Cascais. The Torres Vedras City Council has made a remarkable effort to promote and develop sustainability in its three pillars, social, economic and environmental, and is committed to achieving the goals of the United Nations, hence the commitment to hold this great event of sustainability in the municipality.
 

Companies, other Portuguese cities and European cities, non-governmental organizations, schools and citizens are joining the GreenFest with the aim of showing what is best done in the area of ​​sustainability. It is also intended to raise the awareness of the entire population to issues such as Education, Citizenship, Energy and Biodiversity. Conferences, workshops, exhibitions and a series of other activities mark the three days of the event.
 

It is worth mentioning the inaugural conference held on March 24th, from 9.30 am to 12:45 pm, as well as for several health screenings such as blood pressure, blood glucose, vision, among others.
 

Access is free and each visitor can contribute with a symbolic donation, for a social and / or environmental cause supported by the organization of the event. For more information: www.valorsul.pt

Sensitization of ALGAR in Tavira MARCH 22, 2017

In the week that marks the beginning of Spring, between 20 and 23 March, Algar, EGF Concessionaire for the Algarve region, will be with the environmental awareness vehicle in Tavira.
 

The mobile unit integrates an exhibition that provides a journey into the world of waste. It is equipped with interactive and exhibition panels and various environmental games. The vehicle combines education with entertainment, as it is equipped with multimedia games and also offers the experience of a 3D movie composed by an animation about the main aspects of the collection, sorting and valorization of urban waste.
 

The "Cool", a spoonbill that is Algar's mascot, is the protagonist figure of these activities, which the participants will get to know. The municipal schools will have the opportunity to participate in the actions scheduled between 10:00 and 17:00.
 

This activity is a joint articulation between the Municipality of Tavira, Algar and Taviraverde, and aims to inform and sensitize the problem of waste. More information at www.algar.com.pt

VALORLIS presents campaign MARCH 15, 2017

Valorlis, an EGF Concessionaire for the region of Leiria, has developed an awareness campaign dedicated to recycling, where a challenge is proposed to schools and social solidarity institutions to promote the collection of recyclable household waste, namely plastic and metal packaging and / or paper/cardboard.
 
"This campaign, which aims to increase the population's recycling habits, is aimed at schools and social solidarity institutions, seeking to be a more dedicated service to these places where many recyclables are produced, but also where the component of promoting sustainability and environmental education are essential. " - explains Nuno Heitor, general director of Valorlis.
 
This campaign is an awareness and environmental education campaign, which, through the promotion of the collection of waste for recycling, aims to donate material for educational action, goods or services to schools and institutions of social solidarity from the municipalities of Batalha, Leiria, Marinha Grande, Ourém, Pombal and Porto de Mós.
 
Thus, all the entities that sign up for the campaign will receive a pack containing the materials associated with the campaign: campaign brochure with information, contacts and waste separation rules and bags. In addition to this pack, environmental awareness visits are planned for all participating entities, where the correct way of separation of the waste will be explained.
 
Valorlis ensures the referral for recycling of the materials collected in this campaign and the efforts of schools and institutions will be rewarded, depending on the quantities collected, with the acquisition of pedagogical action material, goods or services to be delivered by Valorlis to the participating entities.
 
"This campaign aims to promote an increase in the collection of recyclable materials, as part of Valorlis's policy started in 2002 with the campaign" A Gift for Health ", to associate the collection of packaging with social causes. It represents for Valorlis an increased collection effort in schools and institutions, but we believe that in this way we encourage the habit of separating domestic waste, essential to reach the demanding goals set for Valorlis in terms of material sent for recycling ", explains Nuno Heitor.
 
Valorlis, a company that manages the selective collection and treatment of municipal waste in the municipalities of Batalha, Leiria, Marinha Grande, Ourém, Pombal and Porto de Mós, continues to focus on raising awareness in the community, in order to guarantee an adequate functioning of the Management system of the region. For more information: www.valorlis.pt

VALORSUL at the Lisbon Week MARCH 3, 2017

In the 4th edition of Lisbon Week, VALORSUL, EGF Concessionaire for the Lisbon and West region, is a partner of the educational project directed to the schools of the parish of Lumiar (Lisbon). With this partnership, Valorsul will open the doors of its Sorting Center to these students, with the aim of publicizing the activity of this facility and what to do with the garbage they produce.

 

Located in Lumiar and operating since February 2002, the Valorsul Sorting Center receives and treats the recyclable materials that citizens have separated in the counties of Amadora, Lisbon, Loures, Odivelas and Vila Franca de Xira. In 2015, approximately 57.000 tonnes of recyclables were received.

 

2.000 students will be involved, from 13 Lumiar schools, in creative workshops, in which students will reuse packaging, the Lisbon Week educational project, complies with the 3 R's policy - Reduce, Reuse and Recycle - and meets the objectives of Valorsul, in promoting the reuse of materials. It also has the support of the Green Dot Company.

 

The proposal of the 4th edition of Lisbon Week, which runs between March 25 and April 2, 2017, will be to live and rediscover Lumiar, the oldest parish in the city, which closes the celebrations of its 750th anniversary in 2017, being currently the Parish with the largest number of inhabitants of Lisbon. The historical and patrimonial relief of the territory will be highlighted in parallel with the relevance of the experiences that it presents in its day to day. With the objective of decentralizing the attention of the most visible areas of the city and creating a new look about its unique neighborhoods, showing the relevance of its spaces and all its intangible heritage. "Every neighborhood, a city." - It will be the signature of the 4th edition of Lisbon Week in reference to the rediscovery of the city that has no end for 10 days. More information at www.valorsul.pt

EGF is a member of APEMETA MARCH 1, 2017

EGF is a member of APEMETA - Portuguese Association of Environmental Technology Companies since last February 20th. By participating in this association, EGF will seek to collaborate with other partners in initiatives in the Environment sector, with a special focus on the waste sector.
 
APEMETA is a private, nonprofit environmental business association that was founded in 1989 and was established in 1991 to support the business activity of the sector and currently represents some 130 associated companies. For more information visit www.apemeta.pt

VALORLIS - Book presentation FEBRUARY 22, 2017

The General Director of VALORLIS, Nuno Heitor, participated in the Leiria Convida initiative on February 18th at the Leiria Environmental Interpretation Center where the researcher Luísa Schmidt presented his latest book "Portugal: Environments of Change".
 
In this work, the author states not only the main environmental problems that affect our country, but also what has been or has not been done for its resolution over the last 26 years.
 
"It was with satisfaction that I accepted to be part of this conversation in which the motto was the environment and sustainability, and I gave my testimony of the role that Valorlis has developed over its 20 years of activity in improving the environmental conditions of the region", says Nuno Heitor.
 
Moderated by Mário Oliveira, from the OIKOS environmental association, this session of the Leiria Convida was attended by other guests, namely Filipa Alves (Águas do Centro Litoral), Nuno Heitor (Valorlis) and Councilors of Education and Environment Leiria, Anabela Graça and Ricardo Santos, respectively.
 
During the session, it was presented the agenda of the Municipality of Leiria for Environmental Education for the period between February and July 2017, to be developed by the Center for Environmental Interpretation and which has the active participation of Valorlis. More information at www.valorlis.pt

ALGAR supports the Red Cross FEBRUARY 20, 2017

ALGAR, EGF Concessionaire for the Algarve region, and the Delegations of the Red Cross of Faro-Loulé; Lagos; Moncarapacho-Fuseta; Portimão; Tavira and the Humanitarian Center of Silves-Albufeira signed a protocol on February 17 with the objective of raising funds to equip their units.
 
The project titled Recycling Mission for the Red Cross aims to collect and deliver plastic caps and packaging to Algar, which in turn will send them for recycling, thus obtaining funds to support projects developed by the respective units.
 
The delegations under consideration are non-governmental, voluntary, of public interest and non-profit institutions.
 
The fundamental objective of the Portuguese Red Cross is to provide humanitarian and social assistance, especially to the most vulnerable. Their actions are intended to prevent and repair suffering while contributing to the defense of life, health and human dignity.
 
Among the various services provided to the population, it is worth mentioning the intervention of those who are exposed to situations that threaten their survival with dignity, especially those characterized by the absence or insufficiency of social and economic means. In addition, the Red Cross participates in emergency / relief situations and / or transport of patients. The protocol of cooperation with Algar represents an important step and an essential contribution for these delegations, to obtain financial resources to enable them to continue the service they carry out in the context of their mission.
 
Pinto Rodrigues, Managing Director of Algar, explains "Separating does not cost that much, and tohelp neither! Algar is an Algarvian company, made by Algarve, in the service of t