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Special Territorial Plan for

Plan Territorial Especial de Ordenación de Residuos

The Special Territorial Plan for Waste Regulation (PTEOR) is based upon seven strategic pillars:

Prevention and Minimization of Waste: The best waste is no waste; which is why we must take a comprehensive approach to waste and maximise reuse, taking into account the entire life cycle of all goods susceptible to becoming waste. Home composting and promoting the reuse of bulky waste and waste from electrical and electronic devices through social economy entities are just two of the measures identified in the PTEOR plan for waste reduction.

Selective Collection of Waste and Recycling: Sorting waste prior to collection is the most efficient way of guaranteeing quality recycling. This prevents mixing up different materials and rendering them unrecyclable.

The number of colour-coded recycling bins for glass, packaging and paper/carton is to be increased to one bin for every 275 residents. Certain types of waste that cannot be disposed of in regular street bins, such as cooking oil, furniture and dangerous household goods including fluorescent tubes, batteries and electrical appliances must be taken to recycling centres. There are currently eight recycling centres in Tenerife; however, under the 2008-2016 PTEOR plan this will be increased to 18. All waste undergoes final treatment in the Industrial Estate for Recycling Companies located in the Environmental Complex.

Maximisation of Organic Matter: Organic matter is biodegradable, which is why it smells and produces liquid. The PTEOR plan places a great deal of importance on separating organic waste and proposes measures such as having coloured bins in streets for biodegradable organic material, adding a fifth container in your kitchen for organic waste, and having bins for garden waste. The measures included in the PTEOR plan foresee the treatment of one hundred percent of organic waste.

Treatment of all Unsorted Waste: One of the objectives in the PTEOR plan is that no untreated waste makes it to landfill. Although much waste can be reduced, reused and sorted, a great deal of recyclable waste can still be found in general waste. This waste needs to be treated before going to landfill so that all materials can be identified and assessed.

Safe Disposal of Secondary Waste: Once all waste materials and energy have been maximised and, where necessary, made safe for the environment and human health, the so-called secondary waste is disposed of in special containers.

Public Bodies for Waste Management and Citizen Participation: The increasing complexity of waste management requires greater involvement by government bodies and citizens. To meet these needs two entities are to be created: a body run by the Council of Tenerife and the island's municipalities and a social participation body responsible for awareness raising efforts and the promotion of participation amongst citizens and social and economic agents.

Creation of the Tenerife Waste Observatory: The plan includes the creation of a body dedicated solely to the collection and analysis of information required to meet the island's future waste management needs. The Waste Observatory will be a publicly funded and managed entity that brings together social and economic players.

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