Cascais Ambiente started in July the collection of food waste in the county.
In this first phase of the project, the collection is focused on the significant producers of Cascais and 1500 dwellings where the Waste4Think pilot project is underway.
About 60 significant producers are involved in this initiative, namely restaurants, hotels, commercial areas, prisons and the Cascais hospital. However, this network of producers is still in the expansion phase, with the inclusion of schools and other entities.
For now, the monthly collection of about 5 thousand tons of organic waste is expected. The collection is done by Cascais Ambiente from Monday to Saturday, in two alternate circuits.
“The new European requirements impose the collection of organic waste, but the big challenge is the collection in the domestic sector. We have seek a way to collect this fraction of waste as efficiently as possible and this is what we are testing in the Waste4Think pilot project, where organic wastes are placed together with undifferentiated waste, but in specific bags”. We are expectant. We will see the results with the progress of the project, “explains Luís Almeida Capão, President of the Administration Council.
In the neighborhoods where the Waste4Think project is being implemented- Quinta de S. Gonçalo, Lombos Sul and Bairro da Torre, in Carcavelos- the organic waste began to be separated. Registration of participants in the pilot project took place during the second week of July, and the electronic keys to access the containers and bags for the separation of this new fraction of waste are already being delivered free of charge by Cascais Ambiente.
In these 3 neighborhoods, the collection of organic waste is done every day, along with undifferentiated waste. Since the bags are placed in the same container, no new equipment or other collection circuits were required.
The awareness of the significant producers in the municipality, as well as the participants in the Waste4Think project will continue, so that the RUB quantifies should see gradual growth in Cascais.