31 de August de 2017
A year ago the Juan XXIII High School contacted us to receive more information about Zero Waste, a project that we promoted in 2016 and that arises with the objective of classifying 100% and recycling more than 80% of the waste generated in our offices.
At that time we met to share our experience and in just over a year the High School achieved incredible results. Before starting the classification project “Resuena“, 100% of its discards went to a final disposal site. After implementing it, the number was reduced to 38%. The equivalent of 350 kilos of garbage that they avoided generating since the beginning of the project.
After the first interview with Pyxis, Juan XXIII sought the support of the Meta Sustainable and Urban Worm organizations, the same ones that helped us in our process. They made a diagnosis of their situation and developed a work plan to reduce waste. The objective? Give a better destination to their discards.
They continued with a waste sorting stage, thanks to which they placed several stations throughout the educational center with containers of the three colors according to current regulations: green to identify the recyclable, brown for the compostable and gray for the mixed waste.
“The compostable waste that we generate (30%) is transformed into compost or ‘humus’ and the recyclable waste (32%) is collected by the San Vicente organization for its valorization”, says Antonio Carvalho, leader of the Resuena project and administrator of the High School.
It emerged as an initiative of the Juan XXIII High School and today it has expanded to other institutions such as the Divina Providencia School, ISF, Monseñor Lasagna Center, among others. In addition, they have contacted other educational centers such as the German School, Liceo 26 and private universities. “We want everyone to join the Resuena project, the idea is to spread the initiative to other institutions and facilitate the communication we have generated around the project.”
According to Antonio, with this project they seek to generate profound changes in their habits and ways of seeing the world. “This is neither a workshop nor a campaign, here we propose a change of habit. If you come to Juan XXIII, one of the norms is to classify the waste. Periodically we go through the salons to clarify doubts,” explains Antonio.
They set out to carry out the cycle of organic matter imitating nature. That is the reason for its composters.
“We have 4 composters and we harvest every 3 months at the central playground. We set-up everything in the middle of the patio. We prepare the materials with the maintenance people and when the bell rings, some students join. By each harvest, we get 800 kilos of soil at least. We use the leachate for the school’s plants.”
Antonio tells us that at this moment they are looking for an intermediary that can buy the soil to finance the social activities of the students. They have a social sector that works with more than 600 children in deprived neighborhoods.
Asked about the commitment with Resuena, Antonio informs us that the entire High School is involved. Both educators and students and maintenance staff as well, and they aspire to spread the initiative to families. “A while ago we did a lumbricomposting workshop at home, we got some residential composters and today we are 46 officials that we decided to classify and compost in our homes. With the mistakes and the successes, the idea is next year to transmit it to the families so they can do it in their homes,” he adds.
In addition to attending to the classification of waste, the Resuena project addresses other friendly initiatives with the environment, such as the collection of batteries, caps and tickets. The canteen and dining room oil is also classified. The company ALUR takes it.
Another innovative initiative is the incorporation of electric bicycles. The High School finances them so that their teachers can avoid polluting means of transportation like cars. “What they save from gasoline or Uber, they invest it in the bikes. We are already 15 teachers using them, plus those who come by common bike,” explains Antonio.
We thank the Juan XXIII High School for receiving us at their home. We are very happy to have contributed to an initiative that now spreads to a lot of Institutions. For more Zero Waste centers!
31 de August de 2017