A much anticipated event, the opening of the Iași Municipal Collection Center (CMCI) took place on March 10, in Stradela Grădinari no. 26 from Iași. From now on, the people of Iași will be able to bring to the center the waste from their own households: paper, cardboard, glass, metal, construction waste, old electrical and electronic equipment, batteries and accumulators. All will find their way to an optimal flow of recycling and reuse.
The event was attended, along with residents of Iasi, the interim mayor of the municipality, Mr. Mihai Chirica, representatives of the Ministry of European Funds, of the National Agency for Environmental Protection, of the Iași County Council, of the Environmental Guard, of the partner operator Salubris SA, as well as students from the Carmen Sylva School from Iași. Representatives of Innovation Norway, a development agency of the Government of Norway, were also present. The beneficiaries of the Iași Municipal Collection Center were also present, who handed over the first waste to CMCI.
The launch was followed by a debate at the Chamber of Commerce of Iasi, where they discussed environmental protection programs including projects dedicated to selective collection in Romania.
"The inauguration of the Municipal Collection Center in Iasi is both a premiere for Romania, an example of good practice in the field of environment, but also a signal for other municipalities in the country on their major responsibilities to achieve the main objective of the Waste Framework Directive which provides for Europe to become a "recycling society," he said Valentin Negoiță, President of ECOTIC.
“We took advantage of the challenge launched by the ECOTIC Association to build this center. The establishment of this center will never have results unless young people are educated in this spirit. We must remember that no household waste will be brought here. At the same time, we will not compromise in any way the life of the immediate community. From a field full of garbage we have created a modern platform, where all the things we don't need at home can be stored, the ones that can become dangerous by accidentally storing them ", he declared Mihai Chirica, Interim Mayor of Iasi.
The inauguration of the center is accompanied by an extensive information and awareness campaign in the coming months. Until March 31, citizens who bring recyclable waste to the Center win instant prizes and are automatically entered into a raffle with 10 attractive prizes.
The center has a dedicated website where you can find more information - www.cmciasi.ro
Project supported by funds granted by the Government of Norway through the Norwegian Grants 2009-2014 within the field of financing Green Innovation in Industry in Romania