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PlastiCircle goes to school! Children in San Marcelino learn to recycle with PlastiCircle

15 April 2019

On Friday 12 April, the PlastiCircle project took its first steps into the Valencian community of San Marcelino, taking local schoolchildren through some recycling ABCs.

Under the local Valencian branding ReciPlàstic, PlastiCircle had a successful afternoon on 12 April, bringing recycling and circular economy concepts closer to local girls and boys at the Colegio San Marcelino – the school at the heart of the PlastiCircle pilot neighbourhood in the south of Valencia.

Organised by Valencia’s innovation centre Las Naves with support from PlastiCircle co-ordinator ITENE, the children’s workshop was an opportunity for more than 20 children to find out about recycling and how to give a second life to household plastic waste – waste that their parents and guardians deal with on a daily basis. In fact they also picked up some useful tips on what items can be thrown into the “yellow container” and those that can’t.

During the playful and interactive workshop, the children also got to know the local ReciPlàstic initiative, which has hit the ground running ahead of the official opening of registrations on 17 April.

The visit to the Colegio San Marcelino by ReciPlàstic’s very animated trainers was just one of a number of community initiatives organised by Las Naves; including workshops and forums at the local health centre, local neighbourhood association and community centre. All are designed to explain the pilot to local residents, and improve local knowledge on recycling and the circular economy - all for a better environment for Valencianos.

Berto Jaramillo, innovation councilor for the city of Valencia, said: “Thanks to ReciPlàstic, everybody that wishes can participate from 1 May onwards; recycling their light packaging in any of the 25 yellow containers located in the neighbourhood, and obtaining ‘ecopoints’ that can be claimed later for a variety of prizes.”

Although the collection of plastic waste will begin in May, from 17 April onwards local residents can register for the pilot project via the local website, or in a number of information points dotted around the area.