DOES YOUR DISTRICT SEPARATE ORGANIC MATTER YET?
Separating organic waste has come to Madrid to stay, which is a success because it will help to transform tonnes of waste into natural fertiliser and energy instead of disposing of it in the landfill.
On 1 October 2018, Madrid City Council started this new selection system in four entire districts of the city (Arganzuela, Chamberí, San Blas-Canillejas and Villaverde), continuing the pilot project that started in November 2017 in 17 pilot areas of the city.
In November and December 2018, this collection began in the districts of Tetuán, Moncloa-Aravaca, Ciudad Lineal, Villa de Vallecas, Puente de Vallecas, Latina, Vicálvaro and Hortaleza.
If you live in one of these 12 districts, you will receive a letter from the Council about the launch of this new selective collection system for organic waste together with an information leaflet and a fridge magnet to remind you of the waste you must place in the new bins with the brown lid.
And a team of informers will explain to concierges of communal buildings the new separation system and place information posters on organic waste and the frequency with which the new bins are collected.
If you do not live in these districts you can follow the campaign via the Acierta Blog and prepare for when this system is implemented throughout the city (during 2019).
WHAT CAN I PUT IN THE BROWN ORGANIC BIN?
Leftover fruit and vegetables
Scraps of meat and fish
The shells of eggs, seafood and nuts
Coffee grounds and herbal teas
Dirty kitchen paper, used paper napkins and oil stained cardboard
Cork stoppers, matches and sawdust
Small-size garden waste: plants, leaves, bunches of flowers…
We cannot put in: cooking oil, sweepings, nappies or personal hygiene products, animal faeces or other non-recyclable waste.
THE BROWN BIN AND COLLECTION SYSTEMS
The new street bins have a brown lid and are located next to the orange lid bins.
Resident communities in which one person is responsible for taking the bins out into the street for collection (concierge or another person) have new communal bins with a brown lid for organic waste. Residents must place this waste inside a closed bag.
In the Apóstol Santiago area, in Hortaleza, the bins have a locking system and the key is available by calling 010.
The aim of this system is to have more information on the quality and quantity of waste generated.
THE BEST WASTE IS THAT WHICH IS NOT PRODUCED
THE BEST WAY OF NOT GENERATING ORGANIC WASTE IS TO AVOID WASTING FOOD
Plan your shopping properly
Check your cupboards and refrigerator before going shopping.
Measure the quantities of food you need.
Buy in bulk.
Measure the portions in accordance with the number of diners
Store food properly
Use the refrigerator and freezer correctly.
Check the expiry date of the product and distinguish between this and the best before date.
Use leftovers in creative recipes to use them up