ALGAR, Loulé City Council and Municipal Companies sign a partnership to optimize resources in Selective Collection
Algar, the company responsible, in the Algarve region, for the recovery and treatment of urban solid waste, the Municipality of Loulé and the Municipal companies of the Municipality, Infraquinta, Inframoura and Infralobo signed, on June 28, 2022, an agreement cooperation aimed at hiring by Algar, from municipal companies, operational support for the activity of selective collection of recyclable packaging (paper/cardboard, plastic/metal and glass), which included the provision of teams and vehicles.
With the agreement now signed, the Infras, which ensure the collection of undifferentiated waste in the sector, called Baixa, will also be responsible for the operation of collection of selective waste produced/deposited in ecopoints and/or surroundings, existing in their intervention areas, Vilamoura, Quinta do Lago and Vale do Lobo, as well as the ALGARLINHA service, intended for the collection of recyclables produced in commercial establishments, guaranteeing, with a view to improving, the level of service currently practiced by ALGAR.
According to the Mayor of Loulé, Vítor Aleixo, ''this greater proximity to customers, as well as greater cooperation between entities in the sector, aims to be a positive response, due to the tourist relevance of this part of the territory as an economic engine of the municipality, seeking a improvement of the existing service, as well as a solution to increase the levels of selective waste collection which, in 2020, reached around 16% in the country (data revealed by the Recycling Barometer, referring to waste recovered through preparation for reuse and recycling) and 26% in the Algarve region (data provided by Algar), when the national recycling targets are 55% in 2025.”
ALGAR's Administrator, Adelino Soares (representative of the Municipalities), adds that: “Algar's objective with this partnership is to improve urban cleaning, guarantee a better service to the population and establish closer relationships with customers. For this, Algar relies on the knowledge and experience of municipal companies, which already operate in the territory and are available to reconcile efforts, in order to satisfy the need to adapt the selective collection activity in the municipality, taking into account the geographical dispersion. and the volume of recyclables production, for a more environmentally sustainable Algarve.”