Last Friday, March 8, the Minister of
Environment, João Pedro Matos Fernandes, visited the recyclables collection
machine of the "Recycle to Win" Project, a unique machine in the country
that has attracted curiosity, and the materials of many Póvoa inhabitants.
To accompany this visit, among many guests
were also the Secretary of State for the Environment, Carlos Martins, the
President of Lipor and Póvoa de Varzim Municipality, Aires Pereira, Fernando
Leite, CEO of Lipor, the Vice President of Póvoa de Varzim Municipality, Luís
Diamantino, Councilors Sílvia Costa and Lucinda Amorim and Councilman Marco
This visit results not only from the
prospect that the Ministry of the Environment is doing for the placement and
promotion of similar machines, but also due to the excellent results that the
machine is having. In two months of operation, it collected more than 83,000
packages, totaling 7,6 tons of materials for recycling.
As the Minister himself said, "we must
create and invest in a management model that allows us to value waste, which
are products and will re-enter the production process, inhibiting the
extraction of raw materials."
The President of Lipor, Aires Pereira, added
to the words of the Minister, stating that the success of these initiatives
involves participation, concluding that "this is not possible without the
collaboration of the citizens".
The Minister reinforced the Government's
intention to commit to extending this pilot project to 50 locations by the end
of the year.