More than 127 catering establishments in Mijas will participate this summer in the fourth edition of the #GreenFlagsMovement, an initiative launched by Ecovidrio, the non-profit entity in charge of managing the recycling of glass container waste in Spain, in collaboration with the Commonwealth of Municipalities of the western Costa del Sol and the Mijas City Council.
This was announced by the Councilor for Cleaning, Belén Roca, who has highlighted that Banderas Verdes is “a campaign that seeks to Reward the commitment of municipalities and the hotel industry with the circular economy and glass recycling during the summer season”.
“We live in a coastal area that triples its population in summer and with it the volume of waste generated. And close to half of that surplus comes from catering establishments”, added the mayor, who stressed that “our restaurants, bars and beach bars are committed to the environment and know that it is essential to separate waste. For this reason, Ecovidrio has sent them to the 127 establishments that have joined this campaign some special buckets to facilitate this recycling”.
Green Flags is consolidated, with this fourth edition, as one of the key initiatives of the Ecovidrio alliance with the hotel industry. In fact, at the national level, this campaign will take place this year in more than 140 coastal municipalities of five autonomous communities different, and has the participation of more than 15,000 catering establishments.
In all, this year, nine Green Flags will be delivered in all the country and Mijas will compete for one of them with 43 municipalities in the Andalusia region. Last year, the Royal Beach Piratas (Calahonda) beach bar in Mijas was the only hotel establishment in the province of Malaga to receive an Ecovidrio award for its sustainability.
“For Ecovidrio it is essential to collaborate with town halls such as the one in Mijas. They have delivered more than 35 cubes for free to make it easier for them to deposit and separate the glass container waste generated by this sector at source”, explained Ecovidrio’s management technician, Iván González, who stressed the importance of “facilitating their day-to-day life, that they have some containers to collect these containers, how to comfortably move them to the closest containers and adapting these containers to their needs”.
“We have to look out for the environment and we appreciate that they are making it a little easier for us when it comes to collecting this waste and taking it to the containers,” said the manager of the Ellas y Los Delfines beach bar, two of the establishments attached to the campaign, like Único Beach, whose administrator, Isabel Ruiz, has highlighted that “all the colleagues of the beach bars we are increasingly aware”.