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Portugal recycling more

RECYCLING IN Portugal has increased by 18 per cent so far this year, compared to the same period in 2005. Sociedade Ponto Verde (SPV) revealed that 111,000 tons of rubbish has been recycled.

Of the material collected by the Ecopontos (recycling points), glass continued to be the most contributed material, totaling more than 61,000 tons, nearly double the amount of paper and card which accounted for 32,500 tons.

Wood registered a 91 per cent increase since last year, with 832 tons being collected, not including quantities originating in the industrial, commercial and service sectors. Plastic and metals made up the rest of the materials with 8,800 tons and 7,000 tons collected respectively.

The general director of SPV, Luís Veiga Martins, saw the figures as “a good example of the Portuguese organising their rubbish and reinforces the actions put in place to make the population more aware about recycling”.