The Council of Zamudio, with the collaboration of the Mancomunidad de Txorierri, turns into a party in favour of recycling the people’s meal of the local association ‘Lagatzu Alkartea’.
On the initiative of the local council, and as a new step towards the municipality’s ‘Zero Waste’ aim, all the elements that were used this year in Lagatzu Alkartea’s traditional people’s meal were put aside for compost manufacturing, which turned the event into the municipality’s first ‘eko-festa’. Nearly 300 kilograms of waste generated by the more than 500 attendants were thus reused, the local Government estimates.
To make this possible, nearly all elements used in the party, «even glasses in the ‘txosna’ [snack and drinks stand]» were compostable and fulfilled the certifying standard (DIN EN 13.432). Dishes, glasses and cutlery were also made out of organic matter, compostable and petroleum free.
Once the celebration ended, all used elements and non-usable food remainders were collected separately and placed in their corresponding bin, instead of the one dedicated to the rest fraction. Afterwards they were taken to a new communal compost bin that has been set near the cemetery and that in the near future will be open to be used by citizens wishing to do so.
On this occasion, a new bin for rest fraction was installed, but it was equipped with a smart lock and could only be opened by the organizing committee. «The goal was to turn this meal into an ‘eko-festa’ [eco-party] and to reduce to a minimum, ideally to nothing, rest fraction waste», highlights the mayor of Zamudio and president of the Mancomunidad [grouping of municipalities] de Txorierri, Igotz López, who adds that «the ideal scenario would be one where, in the future, reusable utensils replaced disposable ones».
The initiative, which has been adapted to the reality and the needs of our surroundings, has been inspired by the Italian city of Séveso which, as Zamudio itself, is currently taking part in the Waste4Think European project that is searching for innovative solutions that, relying on citizen participation and new technologies, will allow to reduce urban waste generation and to increase waste reusing rates. Zamudio’s mayor, Igotz López, took part in early June precisely in this town in a meeting that gathered together 50 delegates of four participating towns (Cascais in Portugal and Halandri in Greece, apart from Séveso and Zamudio) to share the project’s first successes and results.