There will be collection points located in the municipal building, the “I Love My Neighborhood” office in Cerro Obligado and the General Cemetery.

As of this Thursday the neighbors of the commune can recycle their masks, thanks to an initiative of the table that brings together neighborhood organizations, the municipality and Industrial Fishing.

The Tripartite Fishing Committee confirmed that there will be three points for the collection of three-fold disposable masks and KN95, at the Municipality, the General Cemetery and the office of the “I Love My Neighborhood” program, located at Santa Rosa 391, Cerro Obligado.

Mayor Boris Chamorro emphasized that the initiative “arises from a necessary collaborative work between the private sector and the municipality, picking up a manifest need of the community”. He added that “it is related to finding joint solutions to environmental issues to be solved, such as odor or noise events, with an effective policy of good neighborliness”.

The neighborhood leaders agreed on their valuable environmental contribution and invited neighbors to join in. Margarita Martínez, president of the Neighborhood Development Council, commented that “implementing this here is a source of great pride and we are going to move forward in this way. Recycling is very good, so I thank the Mesa Tripartita.

Environmental innovation

Monserrat Jamett, head of Sustainability at the Fishing Industry Association, Asipes, and a participant in the roundtable, explained that “this is the extension of an alliance that has allowed the recycling of masks from fishing plants since last year. Now we want to raise awareness in the community, because recycling them means avoiding damage to our environment, our streets and our bay”. Thanks to the agreement, since June 2020 to date, more than 2,500 kilos of masks have been collected at the fishing plants, some 500,000 units, which were transformed into coasters, trays or flowerpots.

The masks will be processed by the Technological Development Unit (UDT) of the Universidad de Concepción. Its Deputy Director of Consulting and Innovation, Carla Pérez, recalled that “the biggest difficulty we have is sorting. It happens to us that other waste arrives and we lose time in removing it. There are no problems with the elastic and the nose clip”, in a call to use the deposits properly.

The Tripartite Fishing Committee of Coronel is made up of Blumar, Camanchaca, FoodCorp and Orizon, in addition to the Environmental Department of the Municipality of Coronel and the neighborhood councils of Cerro Merquín, Villa Alegre, Libertad, Carlos Prats and Cerro Obligado.

Source: AQUA