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“Between January and October, only in the Ecopoints, about 250,000 kilos of material were collected for recycling. This is a collaboration of the people of Santa Fe so that the waste does not end up anywhere and that this material can be reused,” Franco reported. Ponce de León, secretary of Environment and Climate Change of the municipality, during the opening of the new ecopoint located in Plaza Juan Pablo López (in front of the Basilica of Guadalupe), which began operating this Thursday, like two others in Parque Garay (Salvador Caputto and Av. Pte. Perón) and Paseo del Restauradore (Pedro Vittori and Candido Pujato).
The container located in front of the Basilica opened at 9 and little by little, by word of mouth and seeing the movement of press mobiles, the neighbors began to arrive with their cardboard bags, plastic and glass bottles, containers of styrofoam and other classified elements, clean and prepared to place it in its corresponding urn.
It is that the residents of the city, who have become accustomed to this practice of classifying and separating their waste, trust more in leaving it at these points or the “green bells” than in taking it out into the street in a differentiated way on Mondays and Thursday to be picked up by the collection truck. A mechanism that bears few fruits, since if the neighbor breaks the “chain” of classification and removes his mixed organic and inorganic waste, upon reaching the landfill, less than 2% of the material is recovered.
An older woman was one of the first to approach. With one hand she leaned on her cane and brought a bag full of bottles and in the other her shopping cart, which on this occasion she was used to fill it with material for recycling. “It’s a custom that I think everyone should start having,” said the lady, who left with her seedling as a reward.
Students from the Paula A. de Sarmiento Technical School No. 655 carry out a project on recycling and waste classification and this Thursday they added their grain of sand to care for the environment. Credit: Flavio Raina
Secondary students from the Paula A. de Sarmiento Technical School No. 655 also came to Plaza Juan Pablo López with a vast amount of material. They previously received the first of six training talks on caring for the environment and the importance of recycling.
Rosana Guarnaschewi, a biology teacher, told El Litoral about the important educational work they have been doing in the classroom for a few months. “We come with a project aimed at recycling and classification, which we started in the middle of the year between the areas of Natural Sciences and Technological Education. It was designed for all students and to be extended to the neighborhoods where they live”, he mentioned the teacher.
He also recalled that as a first measure they worked from the theoretical part where they learned the most important concepts related to the environment, pollution and the impact it causes in different spaces. “Posters were made, they searched for information on how it can be classified, they worked on how to avoid and reduce environmental contamination and its consequences due to human action,” explained the biology teacher.
After addressing the theoretical aspects, the students got to work and the practice was related to electronic waste found within the educational establishment. “Since the school has a computer science orientation, different parts of the computer remain in disuse, to avoid throwing the parts away and contaminating the environment, they put together garbage cans with the back of the monitor. In this way they sought to give it a reuse,” Guarnaschewi assessed.
seedling in exchange An older woman arrived with her shopping cart full of bottles, cartons and papers, she left everything at the ecopoint and left with her plant as a reward for her commendable action. Credit: Flavio Raina
These new ecopoints are added to the five that are already operating in: 9 de Julio and Illia, on Plazoleta Alemania, in front of Parque del Sur; in Pedro Víttori and Regis Martínez, in the Federal Park; on Almirante Brown avenue at 5294, at the height of the Sports Office; on Gálvez boulevard almost Dorrego, at Belgrano Station; and in Rivadavia, between Cortada Falucho and Primera Junta.
You can take paper, cardboard, plastic, metal, glass, Styrofoam and unused electrical and electronic equipment. While the batteries are only received at the Ecopoints of Parque Garay and Plaza Juan Pablo López. In exchange, the neighbors receive seeds, seedlings or firewood chips.
“All the material that is recovered at these ecopoints goes to the Environmental Complex, specifically to the Dignity and Healthy Life Association made up of more than 70 families, which they classify and then sell,” said Ponce de León, adding that residents can approach the ecopoints every day from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.