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ASPAPEL delivered the Blue Bow Tie Prizes to some councils for their excellence in the collection of paper and cardboard

ASPAPEL delivered the Blue Bow Tie Prizes to some councils for their excellence in the collection of paper and cardboard

The Spanish Association of Pulp, Paper and Cadboard (ASPAPEL) delivered the Blue Bow Tie Prizes to twenty-nine local entities (councils and goups of municipalities) of twelve autonomous regions in acknowledgement for the excellence of their management of the paper and cardboard selective collection in the first edition of Blue Bow Ties - Your Paper 21- Municipalities of ASPAPEL.

The delivery of the 2017 Blue Bow Ties took place in Madrid last February the 6th, in an act conducted by Isabel García Tejerina, minister of Agriculture, Fishing, Food and Environment.

Within this recycling elite, six local entities have gained the maximum acknowledgement with three Blue Bow Ties, fifteen of them have gained two Blue Bow Ties and eight have got one.

Between the twenty-nine entities there are municipalities of very different sizes belonging to twelve autonomous regions. There are three cities of more than 500.000 inhabitants, nine of between 200.000 and 500.000, ten of between 100.000 and 200.000 and seven of between 50.000 and 100.0000 inhabitants (the program is addressed to municipalities of groups of them of more than 50.000 inhabitants).

In autonomous regions, Andalucía, Castilla y León y Cataluña have five local entities awarded; Madrid, four; Aragón and Castilla – La Mancha, two and Asturias, Baleares, Galicia, La Rioja, Navarra and País Vasco, one each.

21 indicators and 3 excellence levels

ASPAPEL has renovated its prestigious certification program Your paper 21, after ten years serving councils, offering technical assesment, acknowledgement and visibility in the constant improvement of the municipal management of the selective collection of paper and carboard.

The appraisal, which is annual now is run regarding 21 indicators, gathered in 5 blocks: blue container collection, complementary collections, information, and citizen awareness, regulation, and planning and results and traceability until final recycling.

Your Paper 21, one decade promoting recycling.

Recycling promotion is one of the estrategic goals of ASPAPEL, which started one decade ago Your Paper 21 Program, a diagnosis, improvement and certification system of the municipal selective collection of paper and cardboard.

The program —which is now renovated - got in Brussels in 2007 the European Paper Recycling Award, whic awards innovative projects of paper recycling promotion in Europe. The jury was composed by members of the European Parliament and the European Commision, associations (Association of Cities and Regions for Recycling and Sustainable Resource Management, ACR+) and NGOs (WWF International).

Source: Aspapel press office

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