Recycle to save!

Recycle to save!

One of the biggest problems that Humanity is facing nowadays is related to production and treatment of waste, namely the non-separation of the recyclable materials and the overproduction of undifferentiated waste.

Guimarães, a city classified by UNESCO as a Cultural Heritage of Humanity and at a time with the main goal to submit as European Green Capital 2020, a set of actions were designed and established.

One of the strongest bets is about changing the garbage collection and treatment system, and a pilot project is being implemented in its classified historical center. It’s called PAYT – Pay as you throw – each citizen only pays what he produces.

The results obtained with this system have been surprising and exceeded the established European targets for 2020. The data point to a significant increase in the collection of recyclable waste, surpassing the European target of 30%. Household waste collection also decreased by 35%.

Alunos envolvidos no projeto: Mafalda Portilho

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Data: 08/02/17

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