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.