Did you know that beverage containers made of PET and aluminium are among the most frequently found items at the coastline of the Natural Park of Cabo de Gata-Níjar? Within the framework of the Interreg Med project ACT4LITTER, their reduction has been identified as a priority action and added to the park’s Marine Litter Action Plan. Now it's time to act with concrete-on-site actions, that are being implemented under the framework of Plastic Busters MPAs.
Plastic Busters MPAs is glad to announce that the pilot action aiming to tackle marine plastic pollution from beverage containers in the National Park of Cabo de Gata Nijar, in Andalusia, is about to kick-off. The action is implemented by the management body of the Cabo de Gata-Níjar Natural Park-UNESCO Global Geopark in close collaboration with the Catalan Waste Agency and the Regional Activity Center for Consumption and Sustainable Production (SCP/RAC).
This measure is specially designed to establish a network of collection points for beverage containers made of plastic and aluminium in the MPA with the ultimate goal to reduce the amount of beverage containers found on the coastline of the Natural Park of Cabo de Gata-Níjar.
Three reverse vending machines have been made available in the Natural Park in order to increase awareness and promote behavioural change in locals and tourists with regard to the appropriate disposal of beverage containers.
The 3 machines for the return of beverage containers will be installed in the Las Amoladeras Visitor Centre, the San José Tourist Information Office, and in the San Andrés Castle in the municipality of Carboneras.
When consumers insert the beverage containers into one of the designated reverse vending machines, they will be rewarded with a ticket exchangeable for discounts in different shops and tourist businesses in collaboration with the Cabo de Gata-Níjar Natural Park Entrepreneurs Association (ASEMPARNA). The local business association’s cooperation is needed to implement the discount coupon scheme.
The main objectives of the demos are:
▶ To reduce the number of beverage containers found on the coastline and keep beaches clean;
▶ To show that a deposit and refund system is feasible;
▶ To assess the level of return of refundable containers;
▶ To measure its impact on the waste collection system and street/beach cleaning;
▶ To enhance the awareness of municipalities, locals and visitors about the marine litter issue and related solutions;
The Department of Sustainable Development of the Junta de Andalucía and the Directorate of the Cabo de Gata-Níjar Natural Park are also collaborating in this project.
Communication and outreach material tools will be produced in order to ensure the effective engagement of visitors and local residents.