APIN – Pinhal Interior Intermunicipal Environment Company will implement an organic waste collection in the municipality of Lousã, in the district of Coimbra, was announced today.
“If the organic waste we produce at home, such as food waste, is collected selectively, it can be used in agriculture and in the production of energy or biogas”, explains the president of the Câmara da Lousã, Luís Antunes.
According to the mayor, the selective collection of bio-waste is a project that aims at the “organic recovery of biodegradable urban waste”.
With this project, we intend to raise awareness among residents about the separation of bio-waste at home, restaurants and hotels, with a view to preserving the environment and reducing pollution ”, underlines Luís Antunes.
The mayor of the municipality of Lousana intends, with this project, to provide residents with an alternative to manage the organic waste they produce in their homes and avoid landfill, contributing to the improvement of the quality of life and the territorial environment.
The operation provides for the purchase of 360-liter eco boxes (proximity containers), five-liter household buckets, 140-liter containers for non-domestic users (catering and beverage establishments and hotels, where collection takes place door-to-door -port) and vehicles for the selective collection of bio-waste.
In Vila Nova de Poiares, also in the district of Coimbra, APIN will implement a pilot project for garbage collection at home in the parish of Levegadas, called “Porta-a-porta”.
According to the intermunicipal company, the operation intends to implement a selective collection system “and encourage and raise awareness among residents to separate garbage in their homes”.
In this phase, the project will be developed in an area with 196 accommodations, 67 companies in the industrial zone and 67 local commerce buildings.
For its execution, the acquisition of three containers for storing waste and vehicles for the selective collection of urban waste and training of residents to adhere to the door-to-door collection system is planned.
Created in 2018 to manage water supply, sanitation and solid waste services, APIN started operating in January, adding 11 municipalities in the districts of Coimbra and Leiria, but Peninova decided to abandon the project two months later.
Alvaiázere, Ansião, Castanheira de Pera, Figueiró dos Vinhos, Pedrógão Grande (in the district of Leiria), Góis, Lousã, Pampilhosa da Serra, Penela and Vila Nova de Poiares (in the district of Coimbra) continue to be part of the company, made up of capitals public.