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14 The Portugal News •  17 Nov 2018                                News


      Portuguese ‘recycling less and producing




      more waste’                                 An annual report by the Portuguese Environment Agency (APA) regarding 2017 has
                                                  highlighted that there are currently fewer people recycling in Portugal, while at the
                                                  same time the population is producing more waste.

                                                                                                  n September this year, a  shows that among the total
                                                                                                  partnership established  waste, there are less recyclables
                                                                                                  between three entities linked  recovered.
                                                                                              Ito urban waste put forward  Overall, 50 thousand tons fewer
                                                                                              the claim that each citizen in  recyclables have been
                                                                                              Portugal produces an average of  recovered, which corresponds to
                                                                                              40 kilos of rubbish per month.  a decrease of nine percent
                                                                                              Per year, the trio said, the  compared to 2016.
                                                                                              country produces almost five  The separation of rubbish by
                                                                                              million tons of waste, which is  Portuguese fell from 11 to 10
                                                                                              triple the weight of the Vasco da  percent, reversing a tendency
                                                                                              Gama Bridge.                 spanning several years.
                                                                                              Now, an annual report on waste  The agency explains that
                                                                                              by the Portuguese Environment  “although the data points to a
                                                                                              Agency (APA) has brought more  positive evolution towards the
                                                                                              discouraging numbers to the  fulfilment of waste separation, it
                                                                                              fore.                        is worth noting the stabilisation
                                                                                              The APA’s study shows that   of the fraction selectively
                                                                                              Portugal has been producing an  collected for material
                                                                                              increasing amount of waste for  valorisation in relation to total
                                                                                              four consecutive years.      waste”, which contradicts the
                                                                                              Last year, the amount of rubbish  “ambitious” Community strategy
                                                                                              produced was two percent     and national waste targets.
                                                                                              higher than the year before, and  Rui Berkemeier, spokesperson
                                                                                              the APA has warned that, on this  for national environmental
                                                                                              track, the country will struggle to  association ZERO, said one of
                                                                                              meet its national targets,   the main issues is that “citizens
                                                                                              especially as efforts to increase  do not feel motivated to put any
                                                                                              recycling are still insufficient.  effort into their waste
      A French tourist attempts to put bottles in a rubbish bin in the Benfica market area of Lisbon, in
      A French tourist attempts to put bottles in a rubbish bin in the Benfica market area of Lisbon, in
      A French tourist attempts to put bottles in a rubbish bin in the Benfica market area of Lisbon, in
      A French tourist attempts to put bottles in a rubbish bin in the Benfica market area of Lisbon, in
      A French tourist attempts to put bottles in a rubbish bin in the Benfica market area of Lisbon, in
      September. Waste collection problems and lack of cleaning in the capital are not limited to the city centre.  It said that, in addition to proving  separation”, because there are
      September. Waste collection problems and lack of cleaning in the capital are not limited to the city centre.
      September. Waste collection problems and lack of cleaning in the capital are not limited to the city centre.
      September. Waste collection problems and lack of cleaning in the capital are not limited to the city centre.
      September. Waste collection problems and lack of cleaning in the capital are not limited to the city centre.
      In the Benfica parish, about 10 kilometres from the centre, bags of rubbish scattered on the ground  that the national population is  “no direct advantages over those
      In the Benfica parish, about 10 kilometres from the centre, bags of rubbish scattered on the ground
      In the Benfica parish, about 10 kilometres from the centre, bags of rubbish scattered on the ground
      In the Benfica parish, about 10 kilometres from the centre, bags of rubbish scattered on the ground
      In the Benfica parish, about 10 kilometres from the centre, bags of rubbish scattered on the ground
      around ecopoints are a common eyesore, while gardens and streets also require maintenance.
      around ecopoints are a common eyesore, while gardens and streets also require maintenance.  not yet committed to selective  who do not do it or penalties if
      around ecopoints are a common eyesore, while gardens and streets also require maintenance.
      around ecopoints are a common eyesore, while gardens and streets also require maintenance.
      around ecopoints are a common eyesore, while gardens and streets also require maintenance.
      (Photo: Lusa/Tiago Petinga)
      (Photo: Lusa/Tiago Petinga)                                                             waste collection, the report  they don’t”.
      (Photo: Lusa/Tiago Petinga)
      (Photo: Lusa/Tiago Petinga)
      (Photo: Lusa/Tiago Petinga)
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