DATA released by ECOEMBES has shown that the municipalities that make up the Vega Baja recycled 4,500 tons of paper and light packaging during 2015, the last year for which figures are available.
ECOEMBES was set up to encourage and educate the population on the contribution recycling can make to the environment and get them to always use the dedicated containers distributed throughout their localities.
Detailed figures released showed the total quantity of light containers amounted to 1,634,347 kilos which equates to 4.5 kilos per inhabitant in one year. Torrevieja headed the list of municipalities with the largest collections with 409,810 kilos. They were followed by Orihuela with 358,620 kilos and Guardamar del Segura with 223,520 kilos. As for paper and cardboard, just less than 3,000,000 kilos was recycled averaging out to 7.8 kilos per person.
Not all the municipalities in the Vega Baja are part of the scheme, although figures from Formentera and Rojales will be available soon as they joined last year. Algorfa is in the process of joining the network.
Overall, and considering the amount of waste generated in the area from tourism, ECOEMBES figures for the Valencian Community are somewhat lower than would be expected. However, there will shortly be a series of meetings set up to engage more municipalities in the scheme and to ensure that they have enough dedicated recycling containers available to use.