Last past year, ACR+ member Serviços Municipalizados de Saneamento Básico de Viana do Castelo (SMSBVC) reached a new record rate of waste separation for recycling, the municipality has revealed in a recently published report.

Thus, in 2018, the municipality of Viana do Castelo selectively collected over 5,271 tonnes of waste, which corresponds to a recycling rate of 18%. This is the first time that Viana do Castelo exceeds the threshold of 5,000 tonnes of material sent for recycling.

Paper/cardboard was the material that contributed the most towards this positive development thanks to a 16% year-on-year increase in the absolute amount of recycled paper. It was followed by plastic packaging and metals. Glass was the material that ran counter to the trend, as the amount of recycled glass dropped slightly – by 0.13% year-on-year. 
The municipality of Viana do Castelo makes over 595 recycling containers available for its residents, which translates into one recycling bin for every 142 inhabitants. In 2018, almost 10 tonnes of waste were discarded on average in each container.
Conversely, Viana do Castelo saw a 1.97% year-on-year increase in mixed household waste in 2018, meaning that 33,704 tonnes of waste was deposited directly in landfills. Part of the strategy for the prevention and reduction of landfilled waste, SMSBVC will implement, in the urban area, an innovative and pioneering system of selective biowaste in order to enhance the rate of biowaste recycling.

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