RECICLOS reward-based recycling scheme now up-and-running in all regions of Spain

Over 3,200,000 Spaniards can receive sustainable and social incentives by recycling their beverage cans and plastic bottles through this Deposit Return Scheme (DRS) in the more than 14,600 yellow bins equipped with RECICLOS technology. In addition, there are 40 recycling machines installed in places such as bus, underground and railway stations, hospitals, and shopping and leisure centres so that citizens can also recycle packaging of this type consumed outside the home. To encourage rational and responsible consumption, RECICLOS sets a weekly limit on the number of points citizens can receive for recycling their cans and plastic beverage bottles.

RECICLOS, the Deposit Return Scheme (DRS) developed by Ecoembes, the non-profit environmental organisation that coordinates the recycling of household packaging throughout the country, is now present in all the Autonomous Communities of Spain. Over 3,200,000 citizens in 43 municipalities in Spain can now receive sustainable incentives – related to green mobility, cleaning of natural spaces or replanting of natural areas – or social incentives – contributions to the Food Bank, the Red Cross or local NGOs – by recycling their beverage cans and plastic bottles.

This has been made possible by fitting 14,648 yellow street bins with RECICLOS technology. Each time citizens use RECICLOS to recycle this waste, they will be helping to improve their immediate environment whilst promoting the circularity of these containers by giving them a second life through recycling. In addition, RECICLOS is encouraging responsible and rational consumption of beverages packaged in cans and plastic bottles by establishing a weekly limit of points that can be obtained through the recycling of these containers.

This system was conceived in 2019 in TheCircularLab, the Ecoembes open innovation centre and after its launch in several municipalities in Catalonia as a pilot project, RECICLOS has been implemented in different districts in this region (Sant Boi, Igualada, Pla de l’Estany, Granollers, Balaguer, Figueres, Ripoll, Vielha, Valls, Vilafranca, Castelldefels, Moià, Móra d’Ebre, Amposta, Gavà, Tremp, Tàrrega, Badalona, Esplugues, Les Borges Blanques, Castellar del Vallés, Tortosa, Canovelles, Cervelló, El Pont de Suert, Castelló d’Empuries and Sant Pere de Ribes)

The RECICLOS DRS is also now up and running in other municipalities in the rest of Spain, such as: Ciutadella de Menorca (Balearic Islands), Calahorra (La Rioja), Huesca (Aragon), Bullas (Region of Murcia), Getafe (Autonomous Community of Madrid), Sevilla (Andalusia), Valencia (Autonomous Community of Valencia), Peralta (Navarra), Llanera (Asturias), Santiago (Galicia), Mérida (Extremadura), Santoña (Cantabria), San Sebastián (Basque Country), Granadilla de Abona (Canary Islands), Toledo (Castilla-La Mancha) and Aranda de Duero (Castilla y León).

40 recycling machines

To facilitate recycling outside the home in places where citizens spend a portion of their time, RECICLOS has installed recycling machines in transport stations, hospitals, ports, and shopping and leisure centres, etc.

There are now a total de 40 such machines operating to reward citizens who recycle in railway stations in the Metropolitan Area of Barcelona, in markets and municipal facilities in the city of Valencia, in the Balèaria ports in Valencia and Denia, in the Hospital Universitario Sanitas La Zarzuela (Madrid), and in the Los Arcos (Seville), Zenia Boulevard (Alicante), Ponte Vella (Ourense), and Intu Xanadú (Madrid) shopping centres.