Working on / Promoting recycling
The Municipal Tu Papel 21 programme
2017 BLUE BIRDIES
Twenty-nine local authorities (town councils and groups of municipalities) in twelve autonomous regions have been awarded for the excellence of their selective paper and board collection management in the first edition of ASPAPEL’s Pajaritas Azul Tu papel 21 Municipios (Your Paper 21 Municipal Blue Birdies) scheme. Six local authorities have been awarded the highest distinction with three Blue Birdies, fifteen have won two Blue Birdies, and a further eight have received one Blue Birdie each.
The twenty-nine winning municipalities include three cities with more than 500,000 inhabitants, nine with a population of between 200,000 and 500,000, ten whose population is between 100,000 and 200,000 and seven with between 50,000 and 100,000 inhabitants.
By Spanish autonomous regions, Catalonia, Andalusia and Castilla & Leon each have five winning municipalities; Madrid, four; Aragon and Castilla-La Mancha, two; and Galicia, the Balearic Isles, Navarre, La Rioja, Asturias and the Basque Country, one each.
The complete list of local authority winners of Blue Birdies will be released on 6th February 2017 prior to the actual award ceremony to be held in Madrid.
Promoting recycling is one of ASPAPEL’s strategic objectives, which it launched in 2002. Tu Papel is an important way of contributing to sustainable development through continuous improvement in the recovery and recycling of paper and board in Spain. As part of the project, the Tu Papel 21 programme has been implemented over the last decade and entails a system for diagnosing, implementing improvements and certifying municipal selective collection of paper and board based on 21 indicators and supported by citizen participation and communication models in line with the local guidelines for the UN’s Agenda 21 action plan.
In 2007, the programme won the European Paper Recycling Award in Brussels, which distinguishes innovative projects to promote paper recycling in Europe. The panel of judges comprised members of the European Parliament and European Commission, associations (Association of Cities and Regions for Recycling and Sustainable Resource Management, ACR+) and NGOs (WWF International).
In 2016, ASPAPEL renewed its prestigious and renowned certification program Tu Papel 21, after ten years’ service to local authorities, providing expert know-how, recognition and visibility for continuous improvement in municipal management of selective paper and board collection.
One of the main novelties introduced most recently refers to the frequency of assessments, which are now held once a year, thus setting the town/city council a greater incentive for improvement and which produces a detailed log of the programme’s development. Furthermore, annual assessments enable ASPAPEL to provide closer follow-ups and advisory services to accompany the municipality in its process of continuous improvement.
In addition, both local citizens and the media now receive relevant, updated information on the management of selective paper and board collection in their municipalities on a yearly basis.
While employing the same technical rigour but in a more flexible and speedier fashion, the Pajaritas Azul Tu Papel 21 Municipios scheme offers town and city councils a new and simpler means of operating, as they now receive their yearly assessment with the available data pre-loaded in a questionnaire through an online portal. This enables them to log on easily and quickly with an individual password to update data and add whatever improvements they have made. Throughout the entire process, the local authority can draw on the support and personal advice of the ASPAPEL team responsible for the programme, who carry out technical visits and consult the municipal council and/or other sources, as necessary.
21 INDICATORS AND 3 LEVELS OF EXCELLENCE
Assessment is carried out on the basis of 21 indicators, which are grouped into 5 blocks: collection from blue bins, supplementary collections, public information and awareness, regulation and planning, and results and traceability to final recycling. Each indicator is appraised according to pre-set scales and the maximum score that can be achieved is 100.
Town/city councils that each year reach high levels of excellence in their management of selective paper and board collection are now given special recognition, with a scoring system that results in one, two or three Blue Birdies. Depending on their results in the following years, they can keep, increase or lose the Birdies they have won.
RECYCLING TODAY NEWSLETTER
Tu Papel 21includes a broad networking system with local public administrations and companies in the sector for the exchange of success stories, data and information on selective paper and board collection and recycling. The result of this collaboration is published every quarter in a newsletter entitled Reciclaje Al Día (Recycling Today). All past editions are available here.
IF YOU’D LIKE TO FIND OUT MORE ...
History: Ten Years of Tu Papel 21 Download
The improved formula: Tu Papel 21 is renewed Download
The 21 indicators behind Tu Papel 21: Guide for Local Groups Download
The 21 indicators behind Tu Papel 21: Guide for Municipal Councils Download
To participate: Rules of participation in the programme Download
(publications in Spanish version only)
Access to web: http://www.tupapel21.aspapel.es/
European Paper Recycling Award: http://www.paperrecovery.org/recycling-awards