On 10 November 2017, ACR+ member Humana Fundación Pueblo para Pueblo hosted a conference on “Moving towards the circular economy. Sustainable management of waste” in Oviedo (Spain). Participants discussed how the optimal waste management is fundamental within the circular economy in order to promote waste prevention, create jobs, contribute to economic growth and showed how new business models, eco-design and industrial symbiosis can lead us towards "zero waste" as well as reduce greenhouse gas emissions and their environmental impact.

Recently, more than fifty administrations and entities in Madrid ratified to the Pact for a Circular Economy in Spain. This was an important first step towards the creation of the Spanish Circular Economy Strategy, which will be developed by the Government with the support of the signatory entities. The Pact for a Circular Economy commits to 10 points of action to promote the transition towards a circular economy. One of the commitments is “to prioritize the effective application of the hierarchy of waste principle, promoting the prevention of its generation, encouraging reuse, strengthening recycling and promoting traceability”.

Margarita Ruiz Sáiz-Aja, Deputy Director of Residues of the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, Food and Environment (MAPAMA), focused her presentation on the Spanish Circular Economy Strategy, which is expected to be released at the beginning of 2018. María Elena Marañón, General Director of Prevention and Environmental Control of the Principality of Asturias, said that in Asturias region, between 30% and 35% of urban waste is recycled, thus selective collection must be promoted. The Manager of COGERSA, the waste management company in Asturias, Santiago Fernández, pointed out that the role of citizens is fundamental for the separation at the source of waste.

Source: www.humana-spain.org


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