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The selective collection of used clothing and footwear reduces CO2 emissions in Jávea  by 133 tons

Tuesday 15th July 2014

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The non-government organisation (NGO) 'Humana Fundación Pueblo para Pueblo' has been working since 1987 to promote environmental protection and initiate co-operation programmes in Africa, Latin America and Asia as well as Social Assistance in Spain, thanks to the resources obtained through the management of used clothing. In the first half of this year, Humana collected 41,932 kilograms - almost 42 metric tons - from the special containers in Jávea.

Selective collection is an effective tool for waste management and the proof is in the fact that the recycling of used clothing and footwear collected from authorized recycling points has reduced CO2 emissions into atmosphere by some 133 tons, according the study entitled "Waste Management Options and Climate Change: Final Report. European Commission, DG Environment". Such collection helps protect the environment by reducing waste generated by residents and giving a second life to a garment that would have otherwise gone to a treatment centre for incineration.

Humana manages the collection of these recyclable materials through a network of 31 special containers in easily accessible locations spread across Jávea. From the beginning of its activity in Spain, the NGO has been managing effectively donations of clothing, a philosophy that makes much sense in a society in which the consumption of textiles causes the volume of waste to increase every year.

In the Comunidad Valenciana, Humana has some 608 containers for use clothing, thanks to agreement with various municipalities, institutions and private companies and last year 2,792 metric tons of recyclable material was collected. Across the whole of Spain, the NGO has 5,200 containers which collect about 18,000 tons of material each year. The collection of recyclable clothing and footwear is a free service for municipalities and represents a significant saving in urban waste management.

The proceeds of the management of the recyclable clothing allows the financing and development of programmes for environmental protection in Spain and co-operation in other countries in the fields of education, agriculture and rural development, community development, renewable energy and energy efficiency as well as combating diseases and emergency assistance. In addition, social aid projects are carried out in the municipalities in which Humana is present, either in direct collaboration with the municipality itself or through other local organisations.

The items collected from the containers of Humana are sent to two destinations: part of it is sent to the Humana sorting plants in L'Ametlla de Vallès (Barcelona), Leganés (Madrid) and Valderrubio (Granada) whilst the rest is sold to recycling companies.

The items that sent to one of the three Humana plants are distributed as follows:

- 13% is sent to 32 second-hand shops that Humana has around Spain.
- 50% is sent to Africa to be sold at low cost to local businesses in order to meet the demand of these countries, boost the local economy and generate resources for development.
- 30% is in a state which doesn't allow its reuse and is sold to recycling companies.
- 7% cannot be reused or recycled and is sent to waste treatment centres.

For more information on the work of Humana, visit their website here.

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