Monaco’s Tri-sélectif campaign underway

“The people are ready!”- and not before time - to recycle their rubbish properly in the Principality of Monaco. Robert Calcagno, Environment and Urban Advisor to the Government, was speaking at the launch of Monaco’s Tri-sélectif (re-cycling) campaign yesterday at the Ecole des Révoirs primary school.

Currently, Monaco’s (approx) 34,000 population recycles around 5% of its rubbish, mainly paper and glass, and the goal is to increase that four-fold to 20%. According to Mr Calcagno the average resident produces about a tonne of rubbish a year, most of which is burned in the state’s incineration plant on the border with Cap d’Ail, France.

There is of course a price attached to collecting and ferrying recyclable waste to the appropriate plants in France, the nearest being at Cannes-la-Bocca. “It would be cheaper to continue putting it all in the incinerator, but we must go forward,” he said.

Ecole des Révoires is aiming to become the Principality’s first éco-école by adhering to strict guidelines concerning food, water, energy and waste over a four year period. For this visit, the children had come up trumps with a variety of ‘green’ projects to show Mr Calcagno, who was accompanied by Paul Masseron, Advisor on the Interior, and Mrs Yvette Lambin-Berti, the lady responsible for national education, youth and sports.

Recycling info:
Fifty collection points are now in place and a guide to recycling, complete with map, has been produced in French, English and Italian. The rules are:
In the blue bin: paper, newspapers, magazines and circulars without plastic film
In the green bin: bottles and jars, emptied and cleaned, without tops or lids
In the yellow bin: packaging (cardboard boxes, wrapping, cartons, plastic bottles and containers), washed out, loose and not stacked into each other

Toxic waste:
Aerosols, paints, varnishes, glues, florescent tubes, neon tubes, solvents etc, can be taken to the SMA (Société Monégasque d’Assainisse-ment), 3 rue de Gabian in Fontvieille, and put in the “kangourou” crate. Opening times are limited: Mondays 8-12 noon, Wednesdays 12.30 to 4.30pm and other weekdays from 12 noon to 2pm.

Used batteries:
There are reportedly a hundred collection points, mainly in schools, shops and companies, such as the Carrfour, just before you enter the store, in Fontvieille.
Bulky items: beds, sofas, electrical goods etc. For free collection and disposal call SMA on +377 92 05 75 16.

Unused medication:
Return to your pharmacist.

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