Nineteen Paraná schools were recognized yesterday at the 3 de Febrero Theater for having contributed to the "Do Your Part" campaign, carried out during the 2018 edition, which consisted in collecting paper and cardboard for recycling. The school that collected the greatest amount of materials was the María Reina de la Paz Institute, and with 5,240 kilos it led the final count, which in total reached 39,360 kg of paper and cardboard.
The award ceremony, from the program promoted by the Municipality of Paraná, was attended by mayor Sergio Varisco, who appreciated the fact that the campaign left clear signs "of the effort and dedication of the schools, the main link in these tasks of collecting and recycling papers, which will go back to the educational institutions as furniture and didactic material."
Varisco thanked the students’ effort and mentioned other programs that the Municipality currently has underway, such as recycling plastic, electronic wastes and, a few days ago, tires. "Paraná has become a city that recycles all the primary elements and this makes us proud. In this task not only does the material aspect matter, but the awareness that we are sowing in every corner of the city," he asserted.
Rosa Hojman, Sustainable Environment undersecretary of the municipality, referred to the award ceremony as a celebration "because it is the culmination of an event that began last year with a very important repercussion. More than 40 tons of paper and cardboard among the 19 schools, which were later given to the Papelera de Paraná [“Paraná Paper Mill”] to be recycled. Depending on the amount that was collected, the students requested certain materials and furnishings that were delivered."
Hojman pointed out the awards for the first three schools that collected the largest amount of items. In this sense, they followed the María Reina de la Paz Institute, in the second place No. 200 Soldados de Malvinas school (3,580 kilos); and third, the students of the María Rosa Balbarrey school (2,860 kg).
All the participating institutions received their prize for their collection of paper and cardboard. From sports items, electric appliances, classroom materials and other objects that were requested according to each school’s needs. Each one took a tree, courtesy of the Municipal Nursery, to be planted in the educational establishment.
The Sustainable Environment undersecretary reminded that "Do Your Part" began in 2017 with the participation of only four schools, "this year when we opened the call, 19 educational institutions registered," she acknowledged.
Within the scope of the program, lectures were given by the area of Environmental Education reporting to the Undersecretary. "The collection logistics was a real challenge that required the collaboration of different areas with the involvement of trucks for the tasks, even the Army and the Penitentiary Unit participated. A lot of people joined to collaborate with the environment and we point up all the young people’s effort."
Daniela Manrique, a student at the Juan Manuel de Rosas School, emphasized the work undertaken by the educational institution: "We participated by collecting 920 kilos and we expressed our necessitating two ceiling fans because that is what we need." In the school’s collection all the students of the school participated, from first to sixth year.
The student also explained that the work that was carried out included collection tasks in businesses, private homes, with the involvement of former students and the help of the entire neighborhood. "The Students’ Center participated too holding meetings with the students to familiarize them on the subject." Finally, she highlighted the qualities of a project that "collaborates on the awareness of and care for the environment."
WHAT IS EQUIVALENT TO 40 TONS
The 39,360 kg of paper and cardboard collected last year equal 670 trees that avoid felling for the production of new material; 1,014 m3 of water and 156,000 kwh of electricity were saved. In short, they are almost 40 tons of material that mean 90 tons of carbon dioxide less emitted into the atmosphere, considerably collaborating with Argentina’s national contributions within the framework of the Paris Agreement.
Translator: Gisel Presno