Recycle your imagination!

Students in Adeje’s primary schools can start making their recycled gadgets now

The annual Adeje competition encouraging children and families to create art from recycled materials is underway.   As in previous years, students in the borough’s public infant and primary schools are invited to submit entries in the ‘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).  This year the theme is recycling, and the competition is supported by Ascan Torrabonaf, the company that operates the town cleaning service.
This is the seventh year the competition has been run by the council and schools and children can bring their entries along to their schools between November 13th and 24th.    According to Adeje cultural councillor, Adolfo Alonso Ferrera,  “as well as the talent, creativity and quality of the entries received over the years, we have also recognsied the value of inviting families to work together and to value the importance of recycling.
As in previous years all the chosen entries will be part of an exhibition in the Adeje cultural centre.  There will be three winners and three highly commended chosen by the jury from each education centre and prizes up to the value of €700 have been donated by Ascan Torrabonaf .  The prizes will be in the form of vouchers for books and school materials, of €40, €25 and €15 with certificated for the highly commended.  Use of recycled mateials, creativity, family participation and originality will be judged by the jury.
Pieces must be submitted in the schools, with a card in a closed envelope with the name of the work and the name and surname of the student, her or his class, age, and contact number.  The piece must have a corresponding sticker bearing the name of the work only.   The full list of regulations can be found online,
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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, 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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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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Model citizens!


This year’s theme is Vive San Andrés

Students and their families from Adeje’s infant and primary public schools are invited to participate in the V Gadgets/Gizmos competition.

The competition is organised annually by the Department of Creative Development and the theme this year is Vive San Andrés (San Andrés is the fiesta where chestnuts are eaten, new wines are tasted and kids play with go-karts noisy tins and cans) and entries can be submitted between November 16th and 26th. The winners and runners up will be subsequently part of an exhibition in the Adeje Cultural Centre.

According to councillor Alonso Ferrera, “the department of creative development, sport and learning is always eager to support initiatives that promote development in the education sector. Following on the success of this competition in previous years, we are delighted to continue with the competition which helps students realise their potential as individuals and with their families in the making of these recycled models”.


The rules, which will be published in the Adeje webpages in Spanish and English outlines that each entry can be made with family members and must use recycled materials (primary material should, where possible, be tins or cans, any other materials must also fall into the recycling category) with San Andrés as the theme. Prizes consist of vouchers for school books and materials to the value of €40 for first place, €25 for second and €15 for third as well as runners up certificates for other entrants.

Winners will be chosen based on, among other things, creativity and originality.


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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.

Jingle recycled bells!


Adeje is hosting a gadget competition with Christmas theme

This year, for the second year in a row, the education department of Adeje council is organising a gadget or ‘cacharro’ competition through the borough’s public infant and primary schools. All the students in the borough’s schools can take part and submit a gizmo or gadget, and the winning entries will be part of an exhibition in the Adeje Cultural Centre.

The Adeje education councilor, Andres Pérez Ramos explained, “We are continuing the work we began last year, beginning autumn with a project concentrating on the value of recycling and reuse from a creative point of view. It’s also an activity that can involve everyone in the family in coming up with an idea, looking for materials, suggesting ways of adapting them, etc”.

The first competition last year was a great success with excellent levels of participation from schools and students all over Adeje. “Here in the council we are delighted at the response from the schools and the teachers and of course without their support it would be impossible to host such a project”, said Pérez Ramos.

To take part in the competition the works submitted must be made from recycled materials, ideally cans and tins as the primary resource and have Christmas as the theme. Other materials can be used but must be a reuse and recyclable.

The prizes will be awarded based on creativity and originality as well as for the participation of the family. The jury will also take the technical complexity of the entry into consideration as well as the relation of the entry to the chosen theme of Christmas.

Each school can pick up to 12 finalists but an outside jury, chosen by the council, will pick the three winning entries from each centre. The three winners will receive a diploma noting their participation in the exhibition, a voucher for books and school materials, the first place to the value of €450, second €25 and third place €15.

Every entry submitted must have a sticker with the name of the work and be accompanied by a sealed envelope with the same entry title on the outside and inside a card repeating the name of the entry as well as the full name of the student, the course, age and contact number.

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 or calling 922 71 19 89.