What is an ecopark and why should we use it?
Awareness for the care of our environment is becoming increasingly widespread. Many people regularly recycle at home as a form of social responsibility. But when we have less common types of waste, such as paper, glass or plastic2, our doubts get the better of us: What do I do with a microwave or an old computer? and with an X-ray? where can I throw away the pruning waste? The ecopark is the answer.
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The ecoparks are selective collection facilities that can be accessed by all inhabitants of a municipality and are used to deposit waste that has no place in traditional containers. These facilities are publicly-owned and urban waste, which cannot be collected in the usual containers by the roadside, is collected, sorted and recovered. They are specifically designed to take wastes that, after a treatment process, have components that can once again be used as raw materials in the manufacturing process of new products.
Taking this type of waste to the ecopark is the only way to facilitate its recycling and contribute to its safe disposal. This will prevent uncontrolled dumping and will help to reduce the volume of waste that ends up in a landfill, while saving raw materials and energy. It's the best way to avoid a new environmental problem. The ecoparks are a good local tool for the care of the environment, as they are a resource close to the inhabitants, are free of charge and offer access to all.
Products that are particularly hazardous are treated prior to recovery
What do you do with this waste?
Once the waste arrives at the ecopark, an operator shows the individual where each item should be deposited. When the containers are full, they are transferred to plants where the usable materials are recycled and converted into new raw materials, thus achieving significant savings in natural resources and energy. Products that are particularly hazardous are treated prior to recovery or disposal in order to avoid environmental and health problems.
What type of waste is allowed in the ecoparks?
Generally, we can take all the waste for which there is no specific container. The most common are:
• Bulky waste: old furniture, mattresses, rubble, pruning waste, tyres...
• Electronic waste: large or small household appliances such as computers, heaters, toasters, refrigerators or washing machines.
• Potentially hazardous waste: batteries, vegetable and motor oils or fluorescent tubes.
• Waste requiring specific treatment: X-rays, clothing and footwear...
Eco-parks also usually have containers for paper and cardboard, plastic and glass. These facilities do not accept organic urban waste, explosive or flammable materials, bulky containers that have contained toxic or hazardous materials or infectious waste.
In small municipalities, mobile ecoparks are sometimes set up so that residents can deposit their waste. The best way to locate your nearest ecopark is to consult the Town Hall.