CEIP Tijoco Bajo wins the recycling competition

The three Rs – reduce, recycle, reuse

During the current academic year all of the borough’s public primary schools have been taking part in an educational environmental project, “Adeje Limpio y Circular”, with the main objective being to encourage a culture of recycling in the school population. The project also encouraged the children to think of ways to contribute to the improvement of their local surrounds and environment.

The schools and the students took the project very seriously and competition was quite fierce among the different centres, all working hard to offer the best possible solutions to save and care for the local environment. With all the results in, the winners were CEIP Tijoco Bajo, followed by CEIP Barranco de Las Torres, and CEIP Los Olivos. Special mentions were awarded to the Armeñime, Fañabe and Adeje Casco primary schools, as, said the judges, the points difference between the schools was very small indeed.

The project was made possible thanks to the Adeje Council with the co-operation of the Fundación Canarias Recicla Ecoembes, the schools, and UTE ASCAN TORRABONAR. Attending the prize giving were representatives of the different schools as well as the participating companies and the Adeje council.

The Adeje council recognised the work and effort of the schools community on the project, which began in earnest after the Christmas holidays. Students worked and learnt through a series of didactic activities which allowed them learn and appreciate the difficulty rubbish disposal poses, and the importance of reduction and proper management.

The schools were judged through a series of Eco-Challenges, which were to be used in ‘real life’. These were to highlight the campaign itself through social media and other school media adding to the community awareness of the issues at hand. The pupils also had to concentrate on presenting a creative and studied solution to the problems in their local environment, taking diversity and the inclusion of people with special needs into account.

The campaign works to raise awareness of the importance of the correct separation of waste for the yellow, blue and green containers as well as encouraging people to use them. The direct and indirect problems rubbish can cause for the environment and the importance of the 3Rs – reduce, recycle, reuse – were also key elements in the campaign. The judges were favourable impressed too by personal initiatives among each student group that contribute to a change in attitudes towards a care for the environment, getting to know the UTE ASCAN TORRABONAF installation, the company that manages waste disposal and recycling in the borough. The need to understand the social, economic and cultural impact that waste can have on our environment was another part of the learning curve.

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Better service, cleaner town

This morning the company engaged by the Adeje council to collect organic and recycled waste, UTE Ascan Torrabonaf presented new additions to their waste collection fleet as well as details of the improvements in the service scheduled for the rest of the year.

There are 16 new lorries, 4 road sweeping vehicles and two water pressure lorries newly incorporated into the fleet. The service will also introduce new recycling collection collectors (with a new energy efficient and time saving system, reducing the turn- around to 3 minutes down from 10). These ‘Dule-System’ machines allow the trained operator to work from the cabin of the vehicle in a much more efficient manner and can collect from both sides of the streets. The collection vehicles work at a much lower noise level too, said the councillor responsible for municipal services, Carmen Rosa González Cabrera.

Up to 500 new larger waste containers are also being installed throughout the borough. 350 of these will be for separated waste (paper, glass and plastics), 150 for organic waste and 45 of them will be underground containers, pedal operated and with an automatic shutter to reduce atmospheric smells, the latter primarily in tourist zones. 400 of the existing containers in the municipal rubbish zones will be replaced or repaired.

In residential areas the company will increase the number of selective recycling islands to 100, and all of these containers can be found via geo-localisation, using the Adeje council app. In this way residents can find where their nearest recycling point is. The mayor also pointed to the excellent adaption of residents to recycling habits, adding that the need to increase the number of collections points was to meet the demands of the public.

Adeje, according to figures referred to by the borough’s Mayor José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga, has an excellent recycling record and is one of the top three towns in the Canaries in this regard. But there is always room for improvement. “We have to remember that we don’t just live in our home, we live in the plaza, in the street” he said, referring to the need to maintain good habits outside as well as inside the home.

Francisco Valiño, of UTE Ascan Torrabonaf, said that people often forget about the work needed to manage rubbish collections effectively. “It’s an invisible service for residents. The rubbish is put out at night and gone in the morning”, he said. He also referred to the success of the borough’s recycling system, adding there were was little vandalism of the different coloured containers – “most of those we placed in 2008 are still in place, still usable”.

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Recycling school children


Yesterday pupils from sixth class in Adeje Casco primary school spent a day out at Ascan Torrabonaf UTE, the company in charge of rubbish collection in the borough. The visit was the first schools visit of the week and part of the European Waste Prevention Week programme for Adeje.
The visit was designed to help the younger members of the borough learn more about waste collection, separation and placement in the relevant containers and promote recycling as an education tool. The overall aim of the European initiative is to reduce the production of waste materials and promote the best waste management practises. The results are positive both for the local environment and the promotion of sustainable tourism.
“People in Adeje are already quite committed to recycling, but its important to continue to work to improve results…awareness among our student population is fundamental as they can transmit the information back into the family. What we want is that the children see that waste that is collected doesn’t all end up in one container but undergoes a rigorous process of separation which in turn leads to reuse”, commented Councillor Carmen Rosa González Cabrera.

The students saw the lorries that collect the rubbish, and told how many containers there were in the borough. They saw all the machinery that is used and how the process works. Thereafter they were able to see how waste produce is sent to the relevant container and how it can be then sent on for recycling. The students and their families were also invited to take part in the La Caleta clean-up on Friday and Saturday of this week along the coast.
These school visits are seen as very important both to the campaign and to the schools, who are reporting increasing interest in recycling. During the rest of the week pupils from the Las Torres, Los Olivos, Tijoco Bajo, Fañábe and Armeñime schools will also visit the installation, and in total over 300 students will see, first hand, how the borough manages its waste.

Let’s Clean Up Adeje!



The European Week for Waste Reduction is an initiative aiming to promote the implementation of awareness-raising actions about sustainable resource and waste management during a single week. It encourages a wide range of audiences (public authorities, private companies, civil society as well as citizens themselves) to get involved. Here in Adeje the council and various partners have organised an intensive week of activities from November 21st to 26th as well as an on-going commitment to waste reduction, reuse and recycling.

The activities are designed to encourage the reduction of waste production, increase the rate of recycling in the borough – even though Adeje is already in the top 3 regionally – and use the week to inform, encourage innovation, participation and education in the field.

Launching the week of activities, Adeje mayor José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga said the main objective was “to strengthen our commitment to action to prevent waste production, something we have been committed to for years. For today’s citizen waste is a by-product, but for a tourist destination such as ours waste management is something that can make the difference, because intelligent destinations have to be sustainable socially, economically and environmentally”.

Throughout next week there will be activities on raising awareness among the populace, but with particular emphasis on businesses in the borough, explained the mayor. “A large part of the waste production comes from the tourist sector, and it’s very important that we use all the measn at our disposal to reduce waste and reuse what we can. That we live on an island is also relevant, as what is produced here stays here. Waste is one of the most pressing problems in an advanced modern society”.

Adeje’s councillor for municipal services, Carmen Rosa González Cabrera outlined the programme of activities during European Week for Waste Reduction here in Adeje, saying “we are working to inform, innovate, participate, incentivise, and learn to manage waste, the environment and sustainable tourism. Adeje has a good record in comparison with other parts of the archipelago regarding recycling material collection, but we are always looking to improve”. The council, with the Ascan Torrabonaf sanitation company, have drawn up an action plan with an important working day on November 24th including participation from the tourism sector, a mini Ecofair with workshops and demonstrations for students and the public in general.

Schools and businesses are also being encouraged to take part and will be present at workshops and interactive events during the week, and everyone is invited to assist at a beach and coastal clean-up in La Caleta on Friday November 25th and Saturday November 26th. There will also be a dedicated website, www.Adejelimpio.es operating from next week, which will also be available in various languages over the coming months. Competitions and a Guide to Good Practise will also be distributed in schools, neighbourhood associations, businesses and hotels in the borough.

The councillor commented, “The objective is to raise awareness among businesses of the value of recycling as well as making people realise that the benefits are for everyone”:

For his part, Francisco Valiño, director of the municipal sanitation company said that over 350 of the borough’s schoolchildren would be visiting the installation next week. He commented, “There are still people out there who think all recycled waste ends up in the same place – well the children of the borough will be witnesses to prove otherwise.” He also congratulated the council and borough for their excellent recycling record, which was improving annually.
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Recycling in La Caleta

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The initiative was part of a project to increase recycling and use of the yellow containers in bars and restaurants in the borough

Two restaurants in La Caleta, La Masía del Mar and Paquita Bello were winners of awards as part of the Aqui se recicla (We recycle here) platform, a joint Adeje council and Ecoembes initiative developed by the Canarian Sustainability and Green Environment Association. The aim of the programme is to increase recycling and use of the yellow containers in bars and restaurants in the borough.

The Adeje environment councillor Esther Rivero Vargas said, “with this pioneering programme in the Canaries Adeje is continuing to underline the importance of recycling. Since the introduction of this initiative we have seen a 30% increase in the use of the yellow containers in La Caleta, and it is the restaurants and businesses themselves that have actively participated by placing the containers in their premises.”

She added, “Adeje residents are very conscious of the need to recycle and in general levels of recycling in the borough are very positive, although the intention is to increase the practise even more”.

The winning establishments, La Masía del Mar, and a worker from Paquita Bello, demonstrated excellent levels of raising awareness of the need to separate rubbish and use the different containers properly. Overall 14 establishments participated in the programme.

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The Aqui se recicla initiative is a pioneering programme in the islands and for now is only being run in Adeje and San Bartolomé de Tirajana in Gran Canaria, the objective being to get restaurants directly involved in material separation and recycling into the yellow containers, with owners and workers in the participating restaurants directly involved.

There is a primary phase where restaurant staff are trained by the project leaders and are given mini yellow containers, special bags, and information materials. Then, over a six week period, there are a series of visits to help clarify any doubts or questions, help in the recycling and bring new containers or bags when needed.

According to Camren Martínez Dorta, president of the Canarian Sustainability and Green Environment Association, “the owners and employees of the restaurants in La Caleta have been very open to the idea and the level of participation has been remarkably high”.

The project is part of a regional plan to increase rubbish separation and recycling in the islands as a whole. Tinixara Mesa Moreno, a specialist from Ecoembes in the Canaries, said “each Canarian needs to be proud of their environment and want to care about how they deposit rubbish, making sure it’s properly separated and placed in the right containers. If we place the wrong items in the incorrect containers we undermine the good efforts of the rest, as every time that happens the process of recycling is halted”.

Ecoembes is a non-profit body which oversees the management of plastics, cans, and cartons (yellow containers) and cardboard and paper (blue containers) throughout Spain. During 2014 1.2 million tons of plastics, cartons, paper and cardboard were recycled in Spain, meaning a direct reduction in CO2 gas emissions , equivalent to the emissions of a quarter of cars registered in Madrid. This also led to a reduction in energy consumption of 3 million Mwh, equal to the annual energy consumption of 31% of smart phones in the country.

The 3 ‘R’s – reduce, recycle, reuse!


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There are 45 new shoe and clothes recycling containers in the borough

Adeje’s environmental councillor, Esther Rivero Vargas, was busy last week overseeing the installation of some of the 45 new containers in the borough for the recycling of clothes and shoes. The containers and their management are courtesy of the Martínez Cano Canarias S.A., group, a Canarian comapny that has been involved in the management of waste for over 40 years. .

The councillor said “with the installation of these containers we are continuing to devlop the local awareness of the importance of recycling. Adeje is a borough with a high level of acceptance of the need to reduce, reuse and recycle”, she added.

The containers are made of galvanised iron are fireproof and have a capacity of 3 square metres. There are now 45 of them around the borough.

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Tjhe director of the Martínez Cano Canarias S.A. compnay, Alberto Medina, explained that they were also carrying out a number of recycling workshops in Adeje for local school children. These are free and will be happening in all the public schools in the borough. “We are working to train and teach future generations the importance of recycling and reuse and the benefits of both”, he commented.

To recycle clothes and shoes

Each time you use these new containers you are contributing to the reduction of energy consumption used in the making of fabrics and therefore lowering the impact to the environment. Collection will take place three times a week, or more depending on the volume of use. Both shoes and clothes should be clean and in closed bags.

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Gizmo ganadores…

Winners galore in the V Adeje gizmo competition

Last week the Adeje council awarded prizes to children from all the borough’s public infant and primary schools for thier excellent work in the recycled gizmo competition, which took San Andres as its theme this year.

Every November pupils and their families are invited, by the Adeje department of cacharro winnerscreative development, sports and education, to create something using recycled materials – primarily tins and cans – and enter them through their schools. From each school the jury picked a First, Second and Third prize winner and three commended entries. The winners received vouchers for books and school materials, cd’s and a diploma.

The winning entries are part of a public exhibition in the Adeje Cultural Centre until December 15th. The councillor for the department, Adolfo Alonso Ferrera, expressed his delight at the participation of the students and families of the borough. “The preservation of our traditions (Cacharros during the celebration of the fiesta of San Andres ) is important as is showing our children alternative forms of entertainment and creative use of their leisure time, enriching our social heritage as well”, he said.

Altogether 36 entries from the six public infant and primary schools were prize winners, chosen by an external jury.

Winners and their designs
Third place commendation for the piece Pico Plata, by  Lucía Joana Holguín Pérez
Second place commendation for the piece Simba, by  Alexandra Ardouz Jordán
First place commendation for the piece Quién dijo que no habían gusanos, by Adriana Valentina Barrera Rodríguez
Third Prize for the piece El Tren Thomas, by Jesús Julián
Second Prize for the piece De Fañabé a la luna, by Saúl Álvarez Fernández
First Prize for the piece Mi Yo En Lata, by Samara Rosales

Adeje casco
Third place commendation for the piece Tablero de Damas, by Joana Moretti Palencia
Second place commendation for the piece Camión Coca­Cola, by Bryan Trujillo Tomás
First place commendation for the piece Castañas en el cielo, by Briana García O’Flynn
Third Prize for the piece Robot sobre ruedas, by Sofía Gil Méndez
Second Prize for the piece Vive la paix, by Victoria Pérez
First Prize for the piece Entre cacharros y casta, by Sofía Álvarez Cubas

Los Olivos
Third place commendation for the piece Moto, by Sofía Isabel Araujo Jara
Second place commendation for the piece Hello Kitty, by Dana Rey González
First place commendation for the piece Asador de Castañas, by Sara Morales Vargas
Third Prize for the piece Torre de la Paz, by María Carolina Bermúdez Coronel
Second Prize for the piece Andresita, la Arañita Pelona, by Jordan Mena Carballo
First Prize for the piece Avión, by Iker Jacinto Miranda Abreu
Las Torres
Third place commendation for the piece Camión Cisterna, by Julio Morales Sánchez
Second place commendation for the piece Coche Minion, by Francisco Adai Guanche Suárez
First place commendation for the piece Cisne, by Julia Galice Palacios
Third Prize for the piece Robodoc, by Claudia Rodríguez
Second Prize for the piece Cachaminion, by Davinia Pérez
First Prize for the piece Guitarra, by Gabriela Victoria Rivero Siverio

Third place commendation for the piece Remolcacoches, by Carlos González Lebrón
Second place commendation for the piece Camión Cisterna, by Aimar Medina López
First place commendation for the piece Reloj, by Valentina Pérez
Third Prize for the piece Las Tablas de San Andrés, by Teresa Donate Cruz
Second Prize for the piece Las Huellas de San Andrés, by Ismael Alexander Melo
First Prize for the piece Traigo castañas y vino, by Ricardo Aníbal Alonso

Tijoco Bajo
Third place commendation for the piece Terminator, by Benjamin Edwards
Second place commendation for the piece Mariquita, by Erika Ossa Martín
First place commendation for the piece Merry Christmas, by Azael Pérez Cabrera
Third Prize for the piece Tren de los Sueños, by Acoidán Medina López
Second Prize for the piece El Tesoro Pirata de la Isla Tónica, by José Antonio Hernández
First Prize for the piece Tirarse en Tabla, by Gonzalo de León Radován

Fresh food and much more


Art and recycling at the Farmers Market this Wednesday

As part of the series of parallel events to mark Wednesday openings at the Adeje Farmers Market, there will be a workshop tomorrow (Wednesday April 8th), titled ‘La Ruleta de Reciclaje’ (The Recycling Roulette).

The objective of this week’s activity is to encourage an awareness of the need for environmental care and the importance of proper treatment of rubbish. Alongside the workshop there will be a stand from the Canarian Green and Sustainable Environmental association who are co-sponsors of this week’s workshop with the council.


Other activities will include making bracelets, flowers, etc from recycled materials, in particular recycling plastics.

There are more activities planned during the months of April and May, giving customers and those involved in the Farmers Market yet another reason to visit on Wednesdays. Both of this week’s activities are sponsored by ECOEMBES (the non-profit national organisation charged with recycling) and are open to the public.

Hotel Recycling Rubbish Service Improved

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Adeje mayor, José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga, along with the head of services for Ascan Torrabonaf, Francisco Valiño, held a meeting on Wednesday with hotels from the borough to establish a new series of strategies and synergies which will improve the system of recycling in tourist establishments.
The meeting was held in the offices of Ascan Torrabonaf, the company licensed to carry out cleaning services in Adeje. Twenty hotel representatives were present as well as the councillors for services and for tourism Gonzalo Delgado Díaz and Rafael Dolado García, respectively, and council expert, Román García Higuera.
As the mayor explained, the aim for the council and Ascan is to offer a door-to-door service for recyclable refuse, collecting glass, paper and carton and plastic from the hotels who, up until now, have had to dispose of the rubbish on an individual basis. In this way the company and council hope to increase levels of recycling in Adeje and improve the overall cleanliness of the borough.
Rodríguez Fraga noted that this initiative was part of the council-wide plan, ‘Adeje, clean and healthy’, which has, as one of its objectives, an increase in the level of recycling in the borough, “something we can only achieve with your help. It is important to take into account that just one hotel produces more rubbish that an entire neighbourhood. If we are serious about care for the environment we have to seek practical measures, and in this way we can make rubbish collection easier and increase the amount of recycled items collected. The other part of the picture is that we want to contribute to the overall image of Adeje as a tourist town which takes environmental care seriously and is actively involved in it.
As the meeting was taking place in the Ascan Torrabonaf installation the mayor said he was grateful at the level of interest shown by the hotels, adding that it was “very important that you find time to call to this facility, to see the installation and the quality of the work that goes into making sure that the system works”.
The proposal
The proposal from the council and Ascan Torrabonaf is that the hotels in the borough will avail of the new door-to-door service collecting glass and plastic bottles, cans and tetra cartons as well as continuing to collect paper and cardboard, as has been the case for a number of years.
The cleaning company, in conjunction with experts from the council, have designed an implementation plan for phase one, which would involve the hotels nominating a person who would be the point of contact for Ascan Torrabonaf. Once in place, the experts will study each case individually and, together with the person representing the hotel, determine what kind of containers to be used and where they will be placed
The frequency of collection of separated refuse from the hotels will be once a week, between the hours of 2pm and 8pm for glass and plastics. Collection of paper and cardboard will continue to be at night time for now although the company is open to reconsider the time of this collection. “We will begin with one weekly collection and ask for the cooperation of the hotels and the representative from each hotel to advise us when the container is 75% full so we can call the following day for collection”, explained Francisco Valiño. He added that they were making decisions based on estimates for now, but that could change once the service gets under way, depending on necessity. In this regard too Valiño appealed for common sense in storing rubbish and that boxes and plastic bottles should be flattened, a practise which triples the capacity of the containers thus obviously reducing the number of times a lorry and personnel need to make a collection run. “In the case of certain hotels that may fill a plastic bottle container daily, we are studying the possibility of placing a number of containers there so that a collection can take rubbish from three or four days in one trip.
Francisco Valiño confirmed that the collection of organic waste would continue at night time. “Its a question of organisation of all the different rubbish collection services all over the island, and we are also dependent on the hours of operation of the residue plants that are determined by the Tenerife Cabildo.”
To separate glass waste, Valiño is offering hoteliers a series of containers that have a hydraulic system which is relatively simple to use and allows easy and quick emptying of a smaller bin. “With this system we save you the time needed to place bottle after bottle into the green containers. It just needs a zone in the open air or inside in an area of no less that 7 metres high for the operation of a small crane.
In exceptional circumstances Valiño says that Ascan Torrabonaf could place, in up to 10% of hotels, a series of constrution-style trays, of 6 m3, for glass deposits, which could be placed on a ramp in a small basement or internal zone, but it depended on each individual case.
Hotels that were unable to attend the meeting can make contact directly with Ascan Torrabonaf to take advantage of this new service by emailing contacto@adejelimpio.es or calling 922 71 19 89.


Gadgets and Gizmos!

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Adeje Council is sponsoring a gadget competition in schools in the borough

To mark the festival of San Andrés and as part of the ongoing recycling campaign, Adeje council is encouraging children in local schools to take part in a ‘cacharro’ competition.
A ‘cacharro’ is a gadget or gizmo, toy or model, which in this instance should be made from recycled materials, cans, boxes, etc. The competition is co-ordinated by the council’s education department. Children can submit their entries at their local schools between November 15th and 28th.. Prizes will be school material valued at €40, €25 and €15. The feast day of San Andres, on November 30th, is traditionally celebrated here with children making as much noise as possible dragging string with empty cans or pots and pans tied together.
All children who are currently studying in Adeje’s public schools can take part, and all the projects should be made from recycled materials. This year one of the aims of the campaign is also to promote family participation, so parents are encouraged to help the children in primary schools as much as they like. Students in secondary schools should work individually.
Initial selections will be made by teams at each of the participating schools, and a maximum of 12 finalists from each centre can go forward for selection. After the voting, all the finalists will be on display at the Adeje Cultural Centre.
More details and the rules of the competition can be found on the Adeje website, www.adeje.es