26 Jul 2022

Citizens of LIPOR eight municipalities united in their commitment to Recycling

In the 1st semester of 2022, LIPOR received around 31 510,99 tons of materials delivered for recycling* at Ecobins, Drop-off Sites and Door-to-Door Selective Collection Areas, which means a growth of about 3,94% compared to the same period of 2021, essentially on paper/cardboard, plastic and glass.

In the same period, we received 22 802,75 tons of biowaste** selectively collected, a result that, compared to 2021, represents an increase of 16,01%, justified by the effort made in the implementation of more door-to-door selective collection, proximity containers with conditioned access areas and the return of the activity of the restaurants, coffee shops and canteens.

An excellent news is the decrease in the global waste production, 185 231,04 tons (-2,12% than in the same period in 2021). This waste however does not end in a landfill. LIPOR is taking the most of its potential with its Waste-to-Energy Plant, which allowed, in this 1st half of 2022, the injection on the national grid of 83 200 MWh of electricity. 

These values are the result of the strong investment and commitment that LIPOR and its associated Municipalities have been developing, with the goal of maximizing and increasing the amount of materials to be sent for recycling.

LIPOR products - namely Recyclables (paper and cardboard, plastics, glass and metals), NUTRIMAIS™ Organic Compost and the exported Electric Energy - had a positive impact on reducing emissions to the atmosphere in other economic sectors in the order of 56.028 tCO2e (see Note 1) which is equivalent to the annual electricity consumption of more than 6400 families.

The LIPOR Project managed to create a waste management system, with environmental standards of international excellence, which eradicated all dumps, reduced waste landfilling to minimum values and practically valorises 100% of the waste produced, increasing the quality of life of more than 1 million inhabitants of the Greater Porto area. LIPOR and its Municipalities want to continue investing in prevention, reuse, recycling, energy recovery, decarbonisation and investing in increasingly modern systems and infrastructures for waste treatment, and the consequent elimination of landfills.

* Paper and Cardboard Packaging + Glass + Plastic and Metal Packaging + Styrofoam + Scrap + Bottle Caps

** BIOWASTE: Green Waste + Green Waste from Cemeteries + Food Waste

Note 1: Indirect impact (avoided emissions) of LIPOR products that contribute to the replacement of more carbon intensive activities: 1) Use of recyclable materials in economic activities (which avoid the production of raw materials for the industry); 2) Application of NUTRIMAIS™ compost (which replace the production of synthetic nitrogen fertilizers) and, 3) Electric production by fossil fuels.

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