SANTA CRUZ DE TENERIFE, Sep 29 (EUROPA PRESS) –
The Councilor for Sustainable Development and the Fight against Climate Change of the Cabildo de Tenerife, Javier Rodríguez Medina, visited some of the places where the pilot project ‘Circular Communities’ is being developed, which began to be carried out before this summer and which promotes the island corporation in collaboration with the University of La Laguna (ULL) and the municipalities of La Laguna, El Rosario, Tegueste and Tacoronte.
It was in these last two municipalities (areas of Pedro Álvarez and Finca Zamorano, in Tegueste and Quinto Centenario and La Atalaya, in Tacoronte), where the councilor, who was accompanied in each of them by the mayor of Tegueste, Ana Rosa Mena, and the mayor of Tacoronte, José Daniel Díaz, together with their respective councilors for the Environment, Manuel Martín and Carmela Díaz, as well as technicians and technicians from the area, were able to verify in situ the progress of this initiative that deals with the implementation of the first demonstrative examples of comprehensive management of bio-waste (organic fraction) through community composting.
The counselor recalled that ‘Circular Communities’ is an “ambitious project that seeks to visualize the cycle of transformation of organic waste to the citizens participating in the initiative” and seeks the “development of its own model of local and decentralized bio-waste management adapted to the characteristics and needs of the island “, underlining that it is necessary to” stop talking about waste and start talking about new resources “.
The initiative, whose final objective is to be extended to the rest of the municipalities of Tenerife, has a global budget of 164,355 euros, of which 37,716 euros are from a subsidy from the state call ‘Waste Aid 2020’ and the rest is paid the Cabildo itself.
The project has delimited 19 composting or vermicomposting zones (a technique that consists of a process of biooxidation and stabilization of organic matter, mediated by the combined action of earthworms and microorganisms) among the four participating municipalities in this phase, specifically, two areas specialized in vermicomposting, in Tacoronte, and 17 areas that are specific for composting or that combine it with vermicomposting: two Tegueste, three La Laguna, five in El Rosario and seven in the ULL.
In these areas there are three or six modules in which the compost creation process will be carried out, as well as a drawer for storing the necessary structuring material. In the case of vermicomposting, a prototype of community vermicomposting has been developed.
MORE THAN 2,000 PARTICIPANTS
The idea is that 2,085 people finally participate in the initiative to treat bio-waste from private homes, university canteens, local fresh produce markets, urban agro-ecological gardens and educational centers.
In principle, only bio-waste of plant origin will be used. The estimated amount of bio-waste treated when the total number of participating units is reached is 213 metric tons (per year, while 61.3 tons per year is the compost that will be produced approximately.
The people and entities participating in the initiative, who also receive prior training in this matter, will decide the distribution and use of the resulting compost, which could go to urban gardens, educational centers or social entities.
Likewise, a coordinated citizen information and awareness campaign has been carried out around the composting areas, with which it is intended to publicize both the project and promote citizen participation as well as create a culture and dynamization around differentiated management and decentralization of bio-waste, its consideration as a local resource through composting, soil care and the importance of concepts such as local agricultural production, respectful of the environment and food sovereignty.