The logistics behind recycling

Since we came to Valencia, Spain, we recycle as much as we can. For us this is a new experience and it sounds a little silly but we are really excited about it.

This is a process that includes the collaboration of the society, in which everyone has to make a little effort to make it real. It also involves private and public companies, which require the municipal waste as raw materials; the collaboration and contracts of the  communities and municipalities of Spain; traders; and of course the important labor, discipline, and commitment of Ecoembes.

Ecoembes is the non-profit association who takes care of the environment through the recycling and the eco-design of the packaging in Spain. They make it possible to give a second life to the plastic, cans, and bricks (yellow container); cartons and paper (blue containers) that we placed in the containers. It is a large and complicated process which results in a reduction of landfills, less CO2 emissions, saving water, energy saving, and green job creation. To make it easier to understand I will explain it with the figure below that I have taken and translated from the web page of Ecoembes

Proceso Ecoembes

Resultado Ecoembes

To make it possible, Ecoembes has on the disposition to the citizens more than 500.000 containers yellow and blue, 24/7 the all year. Municipalities are the responsible for picking up the recycling containers and dropping into “selection plants” where are previously classified and then recycled.

The recycled material must be classified based on qualities and characteristics. In Spain geography, there are 96 sorting plants were packing light is separated into at least three fractions and each fraction must go to its corresponding recycler which is responsible for transforming them into new raw material. These fractions are: metals (steel and aluminum), plastics (PET, HDPE, and Plastic Film Mixture), and cartons.

It is not an easy logistic process; it takes time, precision, compromise, education, environment care, between others and all the factors involve has to be taken into account. For example, they work with indicators that take into consideration which is the most efficient way of taking the recycling materials (lateral load, igloo, back load, bagging, and others). This is a huge world, which we are interested to know, collaborate, and discuss with anybody that feels that this is a way of making the world a better place to live.


Acerca de Barbara Cattabriga

Mi nombre es Barbara Cattabriga Enebral, venezolana de nacimiento y corazón. Amante del medio ambiente, los animales y la buena comida (sobre todo la de mi madre). Siempre dispuesta a conocer nuevos paisajes y segura de que en cada esquina hay algo nuevo e interesante que descubrir. Los invito a ver nuestro blog, en el que intentamos recapitular los lugares que hemos visitado y adornarlos con fotografías y recomendaciones.
Esta entrada fue publicada en Uncategorized y etiquetada , . Guarda el enlace permanente.


Introduce tus datos o haz clic en un icono para iniciar sesión:

Logo de

Estás comentando usando tu cuenta de Cerrar sesión /  Cambiar )

Google+ photo

Estás comentando usando tu cuenta de Google+. Cerrar sesión /  Cambiar )

Imagen de Twitter

Estás comentando usando tu cuenta de Twitter. Cerrar sesión /  Cambiar )

Foto de Facebook

Estás comentando usando tu cuenta de Facebook. Cerrar sesión /  Cambiar )

Conectando a %s