Mojácar joins, for another year, the Green Flags Movement for sustainability

Mojácar Council has joined, for another year, the Green Flags movement for sustainability, promoted by the non-profit company Ecovidrio.

More than 140 municipalities have joined in with obtaining the Green Flags for sustainability in its fourth edition, launched by Ecovidrio, the company responsible for managing the recycling of glass container waste in Spain. A campaign that aims to reward the efforts and activism of the coastal municipalities on sustainability during the summer, especially in regard to the correct management of its waste.
This incorporation was announced by the Mojácar Mayor, Francisco García Cerdá, accompanied by the Environment Councillor in Mojácar Council, Sergio Alonso, with the aim of encouraging and promoting the recycling of glass in line with boosting recycling in all areas, one of the strategic objectives of the government headed by the locality’s Mayor.
Francisco García Cerdá highlighted the importance of respecting the ecosystem, reaffirming his commitment in regard to the environment, promoting all those initiatives which promote the circular economy, the reduction of pollution, waste and the consumption of natural resources: “another opportunity to position ourselves on the environmental map and to be among the most responsible and active municipalities on this global problem.”
The Green Flags movement is a project which tries to provide an answer to the high levels of glass container consumption during the summer, mainly in the hospitability channel, although it also extends to private users and other types of activity, and that focuses particularly on coastal areas with high levels of tourism.
To qualify for a green flag it is necessary to comply with a series of requirements based on criteria like: an increase in the volume of the selective collection of glass containers in respect to the previous year, the collaboration of the hospitality sector and the commitment of the local council in advancing the campaign and its promotion.
Ecovidrio, for its part, commits to the local authorities, providing them with the necessary means to carry out this work, whether installing new bins or carrying out information campaigns among the hospitality businesses, among other actions.
At the end of the summer, nine new green flags are awarded throughout the country. Two will go to Andalucía. Mojácar has already obtained this award in 2021, being in first position in Almería province and fifth place at Andalucia level. In the 2022 edition, the objectives set out were achieved, carrying out a campaign with great results.
Within the framework of the green flags movement, during the summer of 2022 52,302 tonnes of glass containers were collected in the 135 participating coastal localities, 16% more than in 2021. Thanks to all the glass recovered, it was possible to avoid the emission of 30,335 tonnes of CO2, equivalent to taking 14,000 cars out of circulation; avoid the extraction of 62,762 tonnes of raw material and save 37,354 MWH of energy.
Both Mojácar Council and the locality’s tourism sector, especially hospitality, are working to collaborate on this campaign as yet another action which the local authority and the locality’s business network carry out throughout the year to achieve tourism in line with the new preferences. Among them, the concern for health and the consequences of climatic change, creating an impact and a trend when choosing a sustainable and quality destination