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08-09 Moving towards a recycling society TThis Manual represents an advance in showing the processes involved in solid urban waste management in a descriptive and graphic manner. The Manual supplies information of great interest thanks to the experience of its authors, with clearly-presented information ranging from the packaging sorting processes to the sizing criteria at the treatment facilities. At the Association of Solid Urban Waste Packaging Recovery and Sorting Plants (ASPLARSEM, Asociación de Plantas de Recuperación y Selección de Envases de Residuos Municipales) we have shared experience and knowledge that contributes towards improving the operation of the packaging recovery plants, currently having nearly 80 associated packaging recovery plants which account for over 65% of the packaging obtained from selective recovery. At our plants we are capable of sorting light packaging with high standards of effectiveness and quality, attaining the highest European standards due to the investments we have made in the latest technology and innovation in the sorting process, which have made important contributions to improving plant efficiency. One of the main challenges we face is that of contributing progressively in order to make Spain a European leader in packaging sorting, a direction in which we are already moving. Proof of this comes from the following figures: in 2003, 43% of packages in the market were recycled; currently, over 70% are recycled. As the European Commissioner for Climate Change and Energy, Mr. Miguel Arias Cañete, noted in his participation in our latest event commemorating the 10th Anniversary of ASPLARSEM, we face “the shared challenge of becoming a recycling society”. I would like to emphasise the importance of urban waste recovery, which has a direct impact on the economy, given that the sector contributes to creating thousands of jobs all over Spain, as well as on the need for a continued effort by all the parties involved: the general public, companies, and local, regional and national administrations. Awareness and consciousness raising within society continues to represent an essential element for continued progress and improvement in recycling and packaging waste recovery, whether for separation at source or for collection, transport, waste management and innovation by plants. This Manual therefore represents an essential pillar in this effort. LIGHT WEIGHT PACKAGING SORTING PLANTS


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