08 Mar

Recycling keeps increasing at LIPOR

Citizens of LIPOR's eight municipalities together in Materials and Biowaste recycling

In 2021, LIPOR received around 66 265 tonnes of materials (paper/cardboard, plastic and glass - see Note 1) for recycling from Door-to-Door Selective Collection, Proximity Collection with conditioned access containers, Eco-bins and Drop-off sites, which means a growth of +5% when compared to 2021.

Coming from Selective Collection of Biowaste and as a result of the expansion of Door-to-Door Collection and Proximity projects for food waste and green waste flows, LIPOR received 48 022 tonnes, which represents an increase of 11% compared to 2021.

These results demonstrate the strong investment and commitment of LIPOR and its Associated Municipalities in maximizing and increasing, in quantity and quality, the materials to be sent for Recycling and Organic Valorisation, with citizen involvement been crucial in the process.

An excellent result is the decrease in the production of waste by citizens by -2%, which represents less 5 888 tonnes compared to 2021. LIPOR sent 372 714 tonnes to Energy Recovery which allowed, in 2022, exporting to EDP's national grid 162 840 MWh of electricity. Only 6 284 tonnes of waste were deposited in landfills, which represented just 1% of the waste produced in the eight Associated Municipalities.

Lipor products, namely recyclables (paper and cardboard, plastics, glass and metals), NUTRIMAISTM Organic Compost and exported Electric Energy, had a positive impact in reducing emissions into the atmosphere of around 121 275 tCO2e (see Note 2), which is equivalent, in practical terms, to the annual circulation of 46 643 cars.

The LIPOR Project and the Associated Municipalities provide citizens with a Waste Valorization System with environmental parameters of international excellence, which eliminated all the dumpsites in the region, reduced the landfilling to minimum values, thus valuing practically 100% of its waste, raising the quality of life of more than 1 million inhabitants of Greater Porto. LIPOR wants to continue to focus on prevention, reuse, recycling, energy recovery, decarbonization and investing in more modern systems and infrastructures for waste treatment and the consequent elimination of landfills.

LIPOR | 40 years reinventing tomorrow

Note 1:
MULTI-MATERIAL RECYCLING OF PAPER/CARDBOARD, PLASTIC AND GLASS: Paper and Cardboard Packaging + Glass + Plastic and Metal Packaging + Styrofoam + Metal Scrap + Plastic Caps

BIO-WASTE: Green Waste + Green Waste Cemeteries + Food Waste

Note 2:
Indirect impact (avoided emissions) of LIPOR products that contribute to the replacement of more carbon-intensive activities: 1) Use of recyclables in economic activities (which avoid the production of virgin materials); 2) Application of the NUTRIMAIS compost (which replaces the production of synthetic nitrogen fertilizers); and, 3) Electricity production from fossil fuels.

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