Circular economy wins is Valencia

The Valencian Government, Ecovidrio and the Metropolitan Waste Treatment Entity (EMTRE) close the glass recycling loop in Valencia, making the city on the Turia river the largest metropolitan area in Spain to achieve this milestone. The new glass container recovery model implemented at the Manises municipal waste treatment plant will enable the recovery of tonnes of glass container waste not correctly separated by citizens throughout the year.

Evolving towards a circular economy is a very important challenge for any society due to what it involves: more efficient use of resources and reducing the exploitation of raw materials in order to guarantee a more sustainable future. This goal has been achieved in Valencia.

The Valencian Government, Ecovidrio and the Metropolitan Waste Treatment Entity (EMTRE), along with all other actors involved, such as the hospitality sector and citizens, have worked together to close the glass recycling loop, making Valencia the largest metropolitan area in Spain to achieve this milestone.

The economic model based on a linear structure, which for so long has exploited our planet, has been left behind. This new circular economy model will enable the waste we produce, and which was previously landfilled, to be converted into resources of value that can be recycled and reused.

In the specific case of glass, the effect is multiplied because this material can be recycled an infinite number of times and be converted from waste into a resource each and every time a glass container is deposited in one of Ecovidrio’s green collection containers.

If we add this to the great social awareness of the importance of recycling in Valencia, where in the last five years glass collection has risen by almost 10% in the metropolitan area, the result could not be better.

Published in: FuturENVIRO Nº 74 October-November 2020