- What is the 3 Rs Policy?
- Where do the materials I sort and place in eco-containers go to? Is it true that the materials put in eco-containers are all mixed up inside the collection vehicle?
- What can I do to participate in Recycling?
- What products result from the recycling of used packaging?
- How can my participation in environmental protection become easier?
- How can I sort my used packages?
- What happens to the used packaging we place in eco-containers and other selective collection equipments?
- What are the advantages of Recycling?
What is the 3 Rs Policy?
Where do the materials I sort and place in eco-containers go to? Is it true that the materials put in eco-containers are all mixed up inside the collection vehicle?
What can I do to participate in Recycling?
An active and engaged participation of consumers in the recycling process starts at home, by separating used packages according to the type of material: plastic and metal, paper and cardboard, glass and wood. Packaging waste should then be placed in the proper containers provided by local authorities. In Portugal, there has been an gradual implementation of equipments which allow consumers to participate in the selective collection, such as: eco-containers, drop-off sites and specific baskets or bags for door-to-door collection.
What products result from the recycling of used packaging?
How can my participation in environmental protection become easier?
Use two bins for your domestic waste: one for organic waste (food scraps) and another for plastic and metal packages. Due to their larger dimensions, glass packages can be stored, for instance, in a balcony, pantry or storeroom. Paper and cardboard can be stored in any room, for instance, inside a cardboard box, as they don't release odours. You should flatten paper and cardboard packaging, in order to reduce their volume and increase storage capacity, thus reducing the number of times you have to go to the eco-container. Whenever possible, you should empty the packages completely and flatten them, so that they take up less space. If you think it's necessary, you can wash them to avoid unpleasant odours. Wood packages should also be separated, but these can only be disposed of in drop-off sites.
How can I sort my used packages?
What happens to the used packaging we place in eco-containers and other selective collection equipments?
Local authorities provide vehicles which collect and transport used packages to a Sorting Plant, where they are rigorously sorted according to the type of material. For instance, ferrous metals are separated from non-ferrous metals; plastics are separated according to substance (PVC, PET, HDPE, LDPE, PP, PS, among others). Sorting ensures the uniformity and quality needed for recycling. After this selection process, packaging waste is baled according to the type of material and Sociedade Ponto Verde sends it to recycling companies.
What are the advantages of Recycling?
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