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Children break the “wall of indifference”

Posted on: Jun 13, 2017 by Alexandra Scutaru

On Saturday, June 10, the Romanian Recycling Association RoRec participated as a partner at the European Conference “Together We Break the Wall of Indifference”. The event marked the end of the Erasmus + UUD project – “A World without Plastic “, coordinated by the Seniors Citizens Initiative Association, with the support of Braila City Hall.

The conference was an opportunity to draw people’s attention to the dangers of random plastic throwing. In the margins of the conference, the young people in Braila organized an art exhibition, plastic display stands, ecological prize competitions, separate collection exercises.

The RoRec Association was present with a stand and information materials to the population on the importance of separate waste collection, encouraging participants and passers-by to place bulbs, batteries and small WEEE in containers.

The event ended with a symbolic gesture of breaking the “wall of indifference,” represented by a wall built of plastic pets.

The young people in Braila have shown that eco-civism can be practiced at any age, and the change for the better can begin with each of us at any moment.

Circular economy does not mean the absence of waste

Posted on: May 23, 2017 by Alexandra Scutaru

On Friday, 19 May 2017, the RoRec Association participated in the event “The Wall of Indifference”, having as a subject of debate “Circular economy does not mean the absence of waste”, held at the Great Hall of the Braila Prefecture.

Three young orators from the “Gh.M.Murgoci” Brăila National College, finalists of the public discourse contest, held an essay on the circular economy. The three speeches were:

  • “The Small Steps Policy “, Nicoleta Sima (1st place)
  • “We see in the future what we leave behind”, Cristian Badulescu (2nd place)
  • “The Road to Recycling”, Adina Iuliana Calu (3rd Place)

The RoRec Association participated in this event as a partner and member of the jury, supporting projects that essentially aim at educating young people about the importance of waste collection and recycling and building a fair attitude to protect the environment and land resources among students in pre-university education, and not only.

The Seniors Citizens Initiative Association is the European coordinator of the Erasmus + UUD project – “A Free World” under the umbrella of which the event “The Wall of Indifference” took place.

Iasi Collection Center – information and education activities with students

Posted on: May 15, 2017 by Alexandra Scutaru

The local operator in Iasi, a partner of the RoRec Association, together with the local authorities, invited students to the Iasi Collection Center for information and education activities on the importance of collecting and recycling waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE).

On April 28, the students of the 2nd and 3rd year of the Faculty of Horticulture, the Department of Environmental Engineering, at the University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine “Ion Ionescu de la Brad”, were presented with information about the electrical and electronic equipment waste , why this type of waste must be separately collected, how this process is being carried out, and how important is to recycle e-waste. Students have conducted a small study regarding population openness to receiving information about correct disposal of WEEE. The result was that 20% of citizens agreed to talk with them and received the flyer with additional information.

On May 12, the students from the Faculty of Chemical Engineering and Environmental Protection, Department of Engineering and Environmental Management, from the “Gheorghe Asachi” Technical University of Iasi, attended a study visit at the Iasi Collection Center. They had the opportunity to learn new information about e-waste is collected, stored and treated. This visit was also attended by the partners from the Iaşi Environmental Protection Agency, represented by Ms. Galea Temneanu – Head of CFM Service, respectively from SC Salubris SA, represented by Ms. Ana Maria Şchiopu – Head of Environmental Management Office.

All students have been involved in informing citizens about the collection of e-waste, sharing flyers and asking them to properly discard old or damaged appliances.

We celebrate 15 years of excellence in e-waste recycling!

Posted on: Mar 24, 2017 by Alexandra Scutaru

The Romanian Recycling Association will participate in the Malta WEEE Forum Conference on 26-27 April 2017. The WEEE Forum, the voice of thirty-one WEEE producer compliance schemes in Europe and Australasia, last year collecting and responsibly recycling to the highest standards 1.88 million tonnes of e-waste, will celebrate 15 years of excellence this year.

On this occasion, Malta, which is at the helm of the EU Council of Ministers, will organize a special conference, in the fringe of the meeting of the Environment Ministers, that will be addressed, among other high-level representatives, by Karmenu Vella, EU Environment Commissioner and Joseph Muscat, Prime Minister of Malta.

The conference will provide the opportunity to debate on the WEEE sector’s role in a circular, resource efficient economy; how the EU’s action plans affect future and responsibilities of compliance schemes; and how Europe can be turned into a circular society.

Since 2002 the WEEE Forum compliance schemes have worked on behalf of over 16.000 producers of electrical appliances to collect, recycle and recover to the highest treatment standards more than 17.4 million tonnes of waste electrical and electronic equipment; that’s the equivalent of 17.400 Eiffel Towers.

The Recycling Patrol Hour – The new eco-show at Radio Gold FM

Posted on: Mar 17, 2017 by Alexandra Scutaru

Radio Gold FM will host weekly, starting Thursday, March 16, 2017, the Recycling Patrol Hour, the show of the youngest but experienced environmental volunteers in Romania.

Every Thursday, at 12:00, at the Radio Gold FM Recycling Patrol Hour, Patrol’s representatives and invitees will help us discover how we can live nicer and healthier by taking care of what’s around us. Listeners will find out how many benefits brings a lifestyle in harmony with nature – how they can help reduce pollution and save the most valuable resources, how they can support initiatives in the field, and participate with well-known environmentalists to campaigns for a better life.

In each show we will launch a prize contest and 3 “eco” ideas – friendly gestures to nature, simple and easy to put into practice in everyday life.

In the six years since they have been campaigning for nature protection and encouraging the separate collection of electrical waste in their communities, teachers, children and young people in the National Environmental Education Program Recycling Patrol have accumulated an experience worth sharing. A balance sheet would look like this: 90,000 students involved, 3,000 trained teachers, over 2,000,000 kg of electrical waste collected in Romania due to their campaigns, 3,500,000 Romanians who know more about the impact of electrical waste on nature, First Prize for the best program of the year at the Civil Society Gala 2015, the High Patronage of His Royal Highness Princess Maria of Romania, the DEEECollect smartphone application made with the help of Telekom Romania Foundation.

Radio Gold FM este singurul radio cu frecvență de mare putere, 96,9 FM, din Capitală. Programele sale pot fi recepționate în afară de București și-n județele Călărași, Giurgiu, Dâmbovița, Prahova, Buzău, Ialomița, inclusiv în orașele Ploiești, Giurgiu, Buzău și pe Valea Prahovei. Radio Gold FM se poate asculta live și online, radiogoldfm.ro.

Radio Gold FM is the only high-frequency radio, 96.9 FM, in the capital. Its programs can be received outside Bucharest and in Calarasi, Giurgiu, Dâmboviţa, Prahova, Buzău, Ialomiţa, Ploieşti, Giurgiu, Buzău and Prahova counties. Radio Gold FM can be listened live and online at radiogoldfm.ro.

Her Royal Highness Princess Maria of Romania honored “veteran” teachers of Recycling Patrol

Posted on: Nov 1, 2016 by Alexandra Scutaru

Thursday, October 27th, at the Elisabeth Palace, Her Royal Highness Princess Maria of Romania first met with teachers who have participated in all editions and contributed to the success of the Recycling Patrol over the first five years of its launch.

Since October 2015, the national program of environmental education Recycling Patrol is held under the High Patronage of HRH Princess Maria.

Teachers from four counties came at the Elisabeth Palace to be congratulated personally by Princess Maria.

The first edition of the program was launched in 2011, in seven counties: Bistrita-Nasaud, Calarasi, Hunedoara, Prahova, Teleorman, Tulcea and Timis. 14 of the teachers who have registered for the first edition, returned to the program year after year with their school teams, to promote separate collection of waste electrical and electronic equipment in their communities.

HRH handed trophies to the teachers, talked to them about volunteering, how the young embrace this idea, and what their plans are for the edition that has just begun.

“It was an emotional meeting, memorable” “We have experienced an uplifting moment,” said teachers invited to the end of the event.

Recycling Patrol started the sixth edition. Both senior program coordinator teachers and those participating for the first time will try with their students and support of their communities to send to recycling more than 1 million kg of e-waste in Romania, until August 31, 2017.

Recycling Patrol and Telekom Foundation launch (W)DEEECollect, free application for e-waste collection

Posted on: Oct 20, 2016 by Alexandra Scutaru

Bucharest, October 20, 2016 – the Recycling Patrol and Romania Telekom Foundation launch (W)DEEECollect application, the first application that facilitates the responsible collection of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE). This action also comes as a warning sign on the scope of environmental education in Romania, which needs support to echo at the national level.

The application is supported by Telekom Foundation and available in Google Play Store for Android smartphone operating system. Authentication can be done through Facebook profile, Google+ or email address.

With DEEECollect application the user can find out the nearest collection point and where to store any electrical waste. It also has available an interactive map to show the collection points depending on the location and type of waste to be disposed of.

Through the application, those who hold large and heavy electrical waste can call the local collection service for free pick-up from home or work.

DEEECollect also allows alerts on abandoned electrical waste at any place other than the point of collection and application users benefit from these options, wherever they are in the country.

Social Economy Structures – from social assisted to responsible citizen

Posted on: Jun 16, 2016 by Alexandra Scutaru

European statistics show that about 6.5% of European employees work in social economy structures. Specifically, over 14 million Europeans. Equivalent to almost two thirds of Romania’s population. Their aim is to contribute to the social integration of vulnerable groups, and one of their goals is to defend and apply the principles of responsibility and solidarity. Why isn’t it possible in Romania? Don’t we need jobs?

RoRec Association, together with the Order of Malta Relief Organisation in Romania and the Municipality of Alba Iulia, made it possible. Now in Romania there are functional social economy structures. See a short video with the whole story of the project “Increasing opportunities for social inclusion through the creation of social economy structures for vulnerable groups in three development regions of Romania”.

Where the local prizes of the Recycling Patrol went

Posted on: Jun 7, 2016 by Alexandra Scutaru

The Recycling Patrol designated the local winners of 2015-2016 edition.

In each county, two local teams won awards for the most active patrol and for the patrol that collected the largest amount of batteries. In Bucharest there are 6 winners – three patrols in each category. In total, 88 teams in kindergartens, schools and high schools across the country have excelled in promoting separate collection of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE).

The Recycling Patrol successfully completes the 5th edition, becoming one of the most enduring and comprehensive environmental education programs in Romania. Until now, during the 5 editions, RoRec has awarded over 400 local and national prizes.

The Recycling Patrol honored “veterans” in Timisoara

Posted on: Apr 15, 2016 by Alexandra Scutaru

Timisoara, April 15. At the Timisoara City Hall, gathered for the first time those who, in 2011, “kicked off” the environmental education project the Recycling Patrol. The Recycling Patrol unfolds today, with spectacular results, in hundreds of kindergartens, schools and high schools across the country.

Timisoara has a special place in the Recycling Patrol program as it owns half of the”veterans” who have participated in all five editions of the program. These patrols have the most extensive experience in the program and contributed to its evolution.

The event ended with awarding diplomas and a moment of surprise, when Fabian Sanchez, VIP ambassador of the  Recycling Patrol, invited the audience to sing along the anthem of the Patrol.

We hope that the Patrol call: “We are five, we count on you! We want 5000 new supporters! “will mobilize communities to support children who have decided to win another national trophy.

In its anniversary year, the national team of the Patrol aims at convincing thousands of Romanians to become “Supporters”. Supporter of the Recycling patrol can become any citizen, company or institution that send to recycling waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) – a simple gesture, with beneficial effects for the environment.