Thursday, 26 April 2012
Sonae Indústria supports "Waste Free Ocean"
On March 28th, Sonae Indústria was present at the Port of Leixões for the launch of the project "Leixões: Oceano sem resíduos (Ocean without waste)", the first demonstration of maritime waste collection organized by WFO ("Waste Free Oceans") in Portuguese waters.
Sonae Indústria´s support fits into the role as the main national sponsor of wood residues and waste collection.
The wood waste collected in this initiative was placed in a proper container prepared for this purpose and sent to Ecociclo´s Recycling Center in Alfena, Portugal.
Sonae Indústria´s association aims to sensitize the civilians and authorities to the importance of keeping the oceans free of waste, and contributing to preserve biodiversity and marine ecosystems.
According to Pedro Figueira, Tafibra´s Marketing Director, " the sea covers 70% of our planet and is one of the most important sources of biodiversity therefore, the preservation and cleanliness is critical. Often during these cleanups, wood waste and residues are found which can be recycled. This process of collection and recycling of wood, allowing its use as raw material for the production of wood based panels, benefits the oceans and the environment”
WFO is an initiative whose aim is to reduce the floating waste along the European coast till 2020. The project works closely with the European fishing community and together, with new technologies, removes ocean waste and ensures that it gets recycled.