It took place last Friday, in the installations of the Afonso Lopes Vieira Municipal Library, the award ceremony of the poetry contest "Reuse Poetry, Recycle Words" promoted by Valorlis, with the purpose to stimulate the literary expression through the writing of poems, inspired on the Recycling theme.


The ceremony had the presence of more than 60 people, among poets, relatives and representatives of the institutions participants in the contest, in a poetry soirée, where the poems were recited, accompanied by the guitar by the students of the music school SAMP and by the musician Sergio Bento.


The jury of the contest, the psychologist and writer Paulo José Costa, the biologist and writer Carla Veríssimo, both poets and promoters of Poetry and the environment engineer and Valorlis Administrator, Marta Loia Guerreiro, delivered the prizes to the winners, recognizing the quality of the received poems.


The winning poets were: 1st place, Tatiana Alves, 2nd place, Nídia Nair, 3rd place, Isabel Moio and were also distinguished with an Honourable Mention, the poems written by Henrique Louro and Rita Leitão.


The winning poems were printed in a reusable bag, personalized and offered to all participants, together with a domestic recycling bin. The winning poets also received a trophy and a voucher for the purchase of books in local bookshops.

An e-book, which compiles all the poems received, is being prepared and will be available on Valorlis' website for download.


The contest was directed to writing and poetry lovers, residents in the six counties of Valorlis' intervention area, and received 42 poems, written by authors with ages between 10 and 86 years old, and also from users from 7 institutions.


Marta Loia Guerreiro, Valorlis' Executive Administrator, stresses that "this initiative was a success, with a good acceptance by the population and with a high quality participation shown through the poems received, which revealed a great knowledge of the proposed themes: environment, sustainability and recycling", and adds that "Valorlis intends to continue to associate recycling to literary and artistic expression and, in this way, increase good separation and recycling practices among a wider public".


Valorlis thanks all the participants and all the institutions and entities that have enthusiastically encouraged this competition. A special thanks to the jury of this competition Paulo José Costa and Carla Veríssimo, for having accepted Valorlis invitation, to the students of the music school SAMP and to the musician Sergio Bento, who enriched this initiative with their music.