Adeje improves recycling

The Adeje council recently took part in a series of working days under the ‘Urban Waste’ umbrella, a European project with the objective of reducing the creation of waste and improvement of waste treatment at local level. In this regard Adeje is a pioneer in the Canaries.

“Today we mark Wold Environment Day under the slogan ‘I’m with nature’, and we want to take this opportunity to acknowledge the work of Adeje residents in improving rates of recycling in recent years. With the increased number of tourists that are coming here, generating more rubbish, Adeje has actually upped levels of waste separation and recycling thanks to the efforts of residents” commented the councillor with responsibility Carmen Rosa González Cabrera.

During the Adeje contribution to the day’s workshops participants learnt about the measures undertaken at municipal level to encourage the three ‘Rs’ reduction, reuse, recycling as well as how hotels are adopting ecological practises too. The geo-location of the borough’s ‘ecological islands’ (recycling points with the blue, green and yellow containers for different kinds of waste) has also helped as they can be found easily with the Adeje council App with users able to locate the collection point nearest to them.

Other measures recently introduced to improve the environment include the waste collection company’s new reduced-noise vehicles. UTE Ascan Torrabonaf have a fleet of 60 trucks, vans, rubbish collection lorries, etc.
Adeje in numbers
The volume of material deposited in the ecological points rose and in 2016, 636 tonnes of plastic, 2,998 tonnes of glass 1,663 tonnes of paper/cardboard were collected And while overall more rubbish was generated this year to date compared to the same time frame last year, recycling rates also increased.. In Adeje there are 225 ecological islands – so almost 700 containers – as well as the containers for organic waste.

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Oxford University group visit El Puertito!

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The Adeje Council hosted a group from Oxford University last week and one of the key visits was to El Puertio where the group met members of the Organización Océano Sostenible who outlined the different investigations and underwater recovery programmes they are involved in along this part of the Adeje coast.

Together the Adeje education councillor Andrés Pérez Ramos and David Novillo from the Organización Océanos Sostenible, welcomed the delegation who were interested in finding out more about the Marine Classroom SEALAB project in place in El Puertito de Adeje.

The councillor said “we welcomed a group of people expert in the environmental field who had already learnt of the Marine Classroom project in a recent congress in Salamanca, and as a result of that specifically asked to visit El Puertito and find out, first hand, the manner in which the seabed in El Puertito is evolving and being treated.”•

The Oxford representatives were interested in learning as much as they could about the recovery of the seabed in Adeje, which is also the natural habitat for the local turtle population, the green sea turtle.

During their stay in Adeje the group took part in a number of different environmental workshops and studied the diverse Canarian flora and fauna and were delighted to see living examples during their time in El Puertito.

The councillor also noted that “this was not the first time that an international group have been interested in the work along this part of the coastline, and during the XII International Congress of Educating Cities the SEALAB project was chosen as one of the most innovative both at an environmental as well as educative level.

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Turn It Off!

Adeje Environment Councillor, Esther Rivero Vargas

Adeje Environment Councillor, Esther Rivero Vargas

Adeje’s councillor for the environment, Esther Rivero Vargas, has said that yet again Adeje will be taking part in the world-wide Earth Hour initiative, organised by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), with the aim of encouraging moves to reduce CO2 emissions around the plant.

The councillor explained, “the Earth Hour project works to help the world’s population fight against climate change, and here the public bodies have taken the project on board, and in Adeje we will be turning off the lights in many public buildings.”

She continued, “anyone who would like to join in the scheme can do so voluntarily – all you have to do is turn off your lights on March 29th”.

Earth Hours is a world-wide event, and takes place next Saturday, March 29th. From 8.30pm to 9.30pm the lights on many public council buildings including the Town Hall, the outside of the Casa Fuerte, the tax and tourism office, sports centres and the exterior lighting on the CDTCA will be turned off. In other buildings such as the Local Police central office and in public parks lights will be turned down during the same hour.

“This initiative now has the support of over 100 countries and more than 7,000 cities and towns”, said Esther Rivero Vargas, “and in the Canaries six towns, including Adeje”.

The council is also asking the public to take part by turning off those lights that they can during the hour in question as a symbolic gesture which could have global benefits.

Lights Out!

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For another year the Adeje council through the department of the environment, are organising a ‘Nights without Lights for the Cory’s Shearwater’, promoted by the Tenerife.
The nights in question are November 2nd and 3rd, from 10pm to 1am, as these are the days where a large number of young birds are taking their first flight over the sea. The Cory’s Shearwater has actually been declared Bird of the Year 2013 by SEO/Bird Life, and is a bird that lives on the high seas only returning to dry land to breed. They build their nests in caves or cliff niches, with the chicks taking their first tentative flights at night at this time of year, particularly when there is a new moon. The reason we are being asked to reduce or eliminate night lights is that the young birds are easily disoriented and can fly off their path and crash.
This Nights without Lights is, according to councillor Esther Rivero Vargas, “a preservation and conservation campaign for this species which is resident in our borough, and we would ask for the co-operation of as many people as possible in reducing the intensity of the lights in the zones where these birds live and nest and fly, fundamentally in the parts of Adeje close to the cliffs and coasts, although a small number of the birds may also make their way in-land.”
The councillor says they have also prepared an information pack for hotels in the area asking for their co-operation, and are sure that the positive response will be as good as in previous years.
There is a protocol to follow if you find one of these young Cory’s Shearwaters lost or injured – call the Policía Local it its night time or the Protección Civil de Adeje if its daytime.. Alternatively you can contact the Centro de Recuperación de Fauna Silvestre, ‘La Tahonilla’, (922 445 777) which is Cabildo operated, and they have the personnel to treat any injured bird and release it back into wild when appropriate.
According to last year’s statistics, the Policía Local recovered 115 Cory’s Shearwaters in 2012, 221 in 2011 and 204 the year before that. While there is no mention of whether the campaign last year led to the reduction in the number of injured young birds, it would indicate that the campaign definitely has some affect.

 

150 at Callao Salvaje Meeting

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Over 150 residents of Callao Salvaje turned up to listen to Adeje Mayor Jose Miguel Rodriguez Fraga outline the thinking behind the council’s new Pets and Recycling campaign last week.
Environment councillor Esther Rivero, the local councillor for the zone Amada Trujillo and Francisco Valiño from the company Ascan Torrabonaf shared the top table with the mayor and were on hand to answer questions.
The new campaign is multi-lingual in essence, the literature has been translated into English, French and German and during the meeting, the first in 14 planned events throughout the borough, the mayor’s intervention was translated into English simultaneously as were other parts of the evening.
The mayor told the packed cultural centre that the meetings “were being held to bring the local administration to the residents who live here, to share with them directly some ideas regarding a more harmonious life together. In Callao Salvaje wer are setting out a plan of action to consolidate and extend a set of behavioural norms regarding treatment of our environment and pets, but within the wider framework of co-existence. We are building a framework that matches our multicultural community. Via that we can develop a way of enriching our daily personal and communal lives”, he said.
The mayor also said that these meetings were not simply about bringing a message to the communities, but also opening a dialogue whereby “we can share and constructively build by solving local difficulties that we all share in the Adeje of the 21st Century. What we want is that Callao Salvaje is very much a part of the new Adeje, the tourist destination that is Adeje, the historic Adeje that is home to a university campus, to innovation, the Adeje of harmonious co-existence, the Adeje that cares for its environment”.
As the meeting was going on inside, outside the children of the zone were busy taking part in a recycling workshop`organised by Adeje Inserta under the Cruz Roja. They were also meeting with Mike, the campaign´s mascot, and later children and adults alike were delighted and astonished at the obedience class demonstrated by trainers and owners from Tcan Terapie y Encuentro Canino.
The next meeting is at the Playa Paraiso Sports Pavilion this Wednesday October 30th at 6pm. And accordng to Esther Rivero, environmental councillor, “the intention is to reach all the different neighbourhoods in the borough”. As well as the meetings the campaign will be diffused through posters, booklets, school projects, and pet fairs. There is also a team of volunteers who will be going door to door outlining the campaign to residents.