Galicia to invest almost six million euro in initiatives to enhance waste management

In 2019, the Department of Environment, Territorial Planning and Housing will provide significant incentives to optimise waste management and treatment in Galicia through the provision of almost six million euro to fund a package of measures and grant aid lines in this area. The Regional Minister of the Environment, Territorial Planning and Housing, Ángeles Vázquez, explained the investment during a visit to the Carrefour supermarket in Santiago for a presentation of the initiatives being carried out by this company in the areas of waste recovery, food waste reduction and energy efficiency.

The different 2019 initiatives envisaged by the Galicia Regional Government to optimise waste management will be aimed at both local bodies and private enterprises. These initiatives form part of the Galicia Municipal Waste Management Plan (PXRUG) 2010-2022, which establishes the pillars for improvement in this area. The goal is to achieve a new more sustainable scenario, with emphasis on the prevention and recovery of domestic waste.

Ms. Vázquez Mejuto outlined some of the more innovative initiatives on which her department is working. These include the implementation of a Galicia-wide network for the repair and reuse of end-of-life electrical and electronic equipment. This initiative is open to the participation of municipal and commercial establishments as well as social organisations wishing to work in coordination with each other, whilst also creating spaces for discussion, communication and the exchange of experiences in this area.

Other lines of action envisaged for the purpose of improving waste management in 2019 include an initiative to reduce food waste throughout the chain, from production to sale to the consumer; and an initiative to reduce single-use plastics in order to limit environmental impact and promote waste prevention. The Regional Minister also referred to fostering the segregated collection of biowaste amongst large producers, from supermarkets and large department stores to hotels and restaurants. For this purpose, the Regional Government proposes acknowledging the most committed establishments through the awarding of “social responsibility and environmental quality” distinctions.