Buenos Aires: recycling, environmental education, LED lights, parks and bikes all make it more a sustainable city
The development of a sustainable and modern metropolises that promote growth without neglecting the environment is one of today’s most important challenges. With small and large-scale recycling, environmental education programs, energy savings, the sustained increase in woodland and parked hectares, and the boost to bicycle use, the Government of Buenos Aires is working to make Buenos Aires a city every day cleaner and greener.
Learn to recycle more and efficiently
Thanks to the recycling programs already developed, 80% of the garbage produced is already being processed. In 2017, the city’s first fully automated dry waste treatment plant was opened at the Villa Soldati Recycling Center, fully automated and with the ability to recover up to 10 tonnes per hour of materials such as paper, cardboard, plastic, glass or metal. The technology it uses, called MRF, allows 66% more waste to be processed than manual green centres and at the same time it is done with
With the goal of making all neighbours, especially the smaller ones (children), learn about environmental issues and experience new ways of linking with the environment, the 2018 Southern Environmental Walk was developed.
Located in the Environmental Information and Training Center of Villa Soldati, it is divided into stations that deal with topics such as renewable energies, biodiversity and urban agriculture. It has a wetland of 460 m2, an orchard of 1,200 linear meters, four greenhouses with native plants, a shaman, a composter and a wind turbine that can be explored with free guided tours.
Less rubbish on the street
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In addition, two strategies were implemented to reduce plastic waste: in 2017 the delivery of plastic bags in hypermarkets, supermarkets and self-service stores was prohibited, and from November this year the delivery of plastic straws single-use in hotels, shopping and shops. The measures involve 500 million fewer bags and 1.7 tonnes less straws per month in shopping malls alone.
A city that is 100% LED
In the last four years, between street lights, sidewalks and squares were installed 93,000 LED lights, which illuminate better and are more durable and sustainable, to total 160,000 lights of this type throughout the city. Thanks to this, since 2019 Buenos Aires is 100% LED, which saves 85,000 MW of energy per year, equivalent to the annual consumption of 25,300 households, and
In addition, with the launch in 2018 of the Program Pass to LED, the
More trees and parks
The city’s parks and trees continue to grow. In the last four
The bikes have proved popular
The bike is already the new classic of porteño, for short, or long distances, for its recognized benefits for health and the environment. The inauguration of the New EcoBici system doubled the number of stations to 400, increased by more than 50 the number of bicycles to 4,000, and marked a before and after in pedal trips in the city: in a few months, orange bikes completed more than two million jorneyies.
Stimulating the use of bicycles in a metropolis such as Buenos Aires improves the quality of life and reduces emissions. With this goal, between 2017 and 2019, 65 new
Source: La Nacion (translated )