Berriozar – Spain
WASTE PREVENTION AND ENVIRONMENTAL AWARENESS
THE CONTEXT OF YOUR INITIATIVE
THE BEST TYPE OF WASTE IS WASTE THAT IS NOT GENERATED
In the Emmaus Navarra ragpicking community we use the waste hierarchy as outlined in the European Directive and which prioritises, first and foremost, waste prevention.
Waste prevention is based around producing and consuming less and in a more responsible manner, faced with the capitalist model of buying, throwing away and buying again.
Since our early days, our community has, in addition to collecting second-hand objects and materials, always strived to raise awareness amongst the general public regarding waste prevention, responsible consumption, reuse and recycling.
Thus, as part of an agreement with the district of Pamplona, we have been leading various initiatives since 2015 to raise awareness on this topic amongst schoolchildren, other groups and amongst the general public.
THE ACTIVITIES CARRIED OUT AS PART OF YOUR INITIATIVE
We run three activities in order to raise awareness about the need for waste prevention.
– Our ‘Fix-It-Yourself’ Workshop
A space where we provide the tools and guidance free of charge so that everyone is able to fix their broken objects. The slogan for these sessions is “don’t bin it, fix it”
– Classroom sessions: we have two rooms available which we use to host the District of Pamplona’s Environmental Awareness course. From October to June, we run weekly waste prevention sessions free of charge: teaching people to cook using leftovers, teaching people how to sew and mend broken household objects, etc. We also have the ‘Just Sew It’ room where people can come in for weekly sewing sessions held in the evening on a weeknight (www.mcp.es/actividades).
– Visits: our door is always open to anyone who wishes to learn more about our group. We receive visits from primary schools, secondary schools, and professional training institutes on a daily basis. On Saturdays we welcome the general public and other groups. We show all visitors how we sort the items and how we prepare them for reuse/recycling. We also show them our sales area and a video about the Circular Economy.
More than 3,000 people visit our centre every year.
WHO IS INVOLVED FROM OUR GROUP?
For our waste prevention activities, we currently have:
2 companions/technicians working on full-time contracts in the Fix-It-Yourself workshop
1 coordinator for these activities
8 trainers from the District of Pamplona carrying out visits
9 workshop facilitators from the Pamplona authorities helping to lead the classes
WHICH PARTNERS ARE YOU WORKING WITH ON THIS INITIATIVE?
The Fix-It-Yourself workshop:
The number of trainees has been constantly on the rise since we opened the workshop back in 2015. We currently have over 2,000 people coming in to fix objects every year which equates to an average of 8 people per day.
Nº OF TRAINEES
Over 3,000 people come to visit our premises every year. We have a range of people coming to see us, from schoolchildren to the general public.
2018-2019: 123 groups, 2645 persons
2019-2020: 92 groups, 2181 persons
2018-2019: 49 groups, 346 persons
2019-2020: 47 groups, 423 persons
WOULD YOU LIKE TO ADD ANY INFORMATION ABOUT YOUR INITIATIVE?
WHAT ARE YOUR PROSPECTS?
All of the activities that are part of this initiative are quite recent so we are not going to make any changes for the time being, focusing instead on strengthening what we already have.