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Control noise pollution through recycling (30/11/2020)

| Fuente Álamo City Council presents a municipal project for its schools to control noise pollution thanks to its commitment to recycling | It is a project financed with its 2018 award granted by the Ministry of the Environment of the Region of Murcia, the Federation of Municipalities of Murcia and Ecoembes, after becoming one of the most recycled municipalities of packaging in the Region in the edition of the contest "Recycling Awards 2018".This morning Juana María Martínez, Mayor of Fuente Álamo, together with José Antonio Oliver, Councilor for Education, Mauricio Cánovas, Councilor for the Environment and a large part of the municipal government team, presented at the Colegio Nueva Escuela de Fuente Álamo, within the awareness-raising actions promoted by the Sustainable Villa Master Plan, the STOP COLES CON NOISO project, to raise awareness in the school community about the negative effects of noise pollution.Noise in schoolchildren affects the development of learning and hinders academic performance in areas such as reading ability, comprehension, memory and motivation.Noise is considered by the World Health Organization as the second biggest environmental problem in Europe, after air pollution by particles.

Its impact on health is proven, being the cause of discomfort, stress, sleep problems, impairments to cognitive abilities, and even cardiovascular and respiratory diseases.The European Environment Agency estimates that noise causes 16,600 premature deaths a year in Europe, almost 32 million adults suffer from stress and another 13 million suffer from sleep problems.

These exorbitant figures come to inform us that noise is a risk factor that has become normalized in our lives that must be stopped.For all these reasons, the Fuente Álamo City Council, following its Sustainability strategy framed within the SUSTAINABLE VILLA MASTER PLAN, wants to highlight the problem of noise in the municipality and, particularly, in the schools of the Villa, since it often goes unnoticed for the citizen, having negative consequences.Fuente Álamo, in its commitment to the selective separation of waste and recycling through the yellow container (plastic containers, cans and briks), became in 2018 one of the three most recycled municipalities in the Region of Murcia.

And from the hand of the Ministry of the Environment of the Region of Murcia, the Federation of Municipalities and Ecoembes, the non-profit environmental organization that coordinates recycling in Spain, it obtained the second award valued at € 4,000, for the benefit of its neighbors.With this award, the municipality presents the Project "STOP COLES CON NOISO!", Which will be carried out in 5 educational centers of the municipality.

These centers will incorporate electronic devices in the form of traffic lights that indicate the noise level and warn if the established levels are exceeded.

These traffic lights warn when there is too much noise.

They will be placed in the dining rooms or common areas of schools, and will serve as a warning to schoolchildren and teaching staff about the level of noise they cause and support.

In addition, there will be certain pieces of communication in view of the school community, framed within this Action.In schools, silence and tranquility are essential for the concentration and monitoring of classes, as well as for the development of them by students and teachers, creating environmentally responsible citizens both with their community and with their environment .This project is part of the Sustainable Villa de Fuente Álamo Master Plan, which works hand in hand with the Sustainable Development Goals so that its citizens, especially the most vulnerable such as children, are informed and acquire awareness skills referred to not only to noise pollution, but also to the environment and social values.Recycling data in the Region of MurciaThe use of yellow containers in 2019 increased in the Region of Murcia by 15.2 percent over the previous year.

Each citizen deposited 13.5 kilos of plastic, metal and carton containers in them.

While the increase in the national average was 9'1 percent.

In the case of the blue container, and with an average of 13.9 kg of paper and cardboard containers per citizen, the growth reached was 13.5%.Thus, in the Region of Murcia last year a total of 45,719 tons of plastic containers, cans, cartons, paper and cardboard were recycled.

Source: Agencias

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