Monday, June 27

Botánic partners advocate that bars and cafes serve tap water

A woman serves herself tap water in a hotel in Alicante.

The three parliamentary groups of the Botànic: PSPV-PSOE, Compromís and Unidas Podemos, presented yesterday in the Cortes a bill to promote the Circular Economy, a new regulatory framework that follows the line set by the European institutions, and that seeks to make the Valencian Community the third autonomy to have a legal framework in this regard. This was defended by the spokesmen of Environment from the PSPV-PSOE, Paco Gil, Compromís, Graciela Ferrer, and from Unidas Podemos, Beatriu Gascó, in a press conference, in which they explained the need to have this regulatory framework to face the ecological transition. Among the objectives, measures are planned toto ensure people’s access to drinking water from the tap in buildings and public spaces, as well as in channel establishments Horeca (bars, restaurants and cafes), in line with compliance with the right to access to Water potable collected by the UN since 2010, and the recently approved European directive on the quality of water intended for human consumption.

The main novelties included in the initial document of the bill are the creation of the zero waste laboratory, the preparation for reuse in the networks of ecoparks in the Community and the reintroduction of reusable containers in the commercial distribution channel, with rewards economical for users. In addition, the law emphasizes combating food waste and strengthening public-private collaboration, also giving special attention to municipalities.

Following this line of work, the Agency for Waste and Circular Economy was created, as well as a new Office for Waste Prevention, as new cornerstones of the implementation of environmental policies on waste management.

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This new regulation also incorporates measures for the development of a sustainable public procurement regional plan in order to promote the reduction in waste generation and food waste, reuse and use of recycled materialss – in particular, electronic devices, to reduce the waste of electrical and electronic equipment, and materials made from construction and demolition waste for public works. Measures are envisaged to ensure people’s access to potable tap water in buildings and public spaces, as well as in establishments on the Horeca channel, in line with compliance with the right of access to water.

Likewise, the development of specific regional regulations is envisaged to prevent and reduce food waste from the production phases to the consumption phase, passing through the transformation and distribution phases.

The proposal also addresses the objective of dramatically improving the separate collection of garbage in order to develop a ‘compost»Quality that is returned to the earth, and for this includes the mandatory selective collection of bio-waste for all municipalities through the combination of various systems of selective collection of domestic and commercial organic waste (door-to-door, computerized containers, itinerant selective collection and other systems with ICTs at the municipal level).

Encourage the return of plastic packaging

The bill contemplates creating a system for the return and return of containers with a mandatory economic incentive, at least for plastic bottles of less than three liters capacity, and the voluntary introduction of the system of return, deposit and return of containers, to the waiting for what the new state waste law and its subsequent royal decree of development in the matter of containers have. The proposition also establishes the obligation on the actual recycling of all the materials that are manufactured.

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