15th July 2014
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
more information on the work of Humana, visit their