MAKE IT GREEN – Second Edition



In the second edition of theMake it Green“, project realized by ACARBIO with the support of Yap Italia and the contribution of the Municipality of Tramonti, young people of 8 countries (Russia, Japan, Serbia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Germany, Belgium and Greece), for the second year running, worked side by side with local environmentalists to help the Municipality to raise awareness about waste abandonment.

It was a model “environmental laboratory” already successfully tested in 2014, during which every day for two weeks (from 16 to 27 August 2014), volunteers under the guidance of Isa Wästlund (trainee at Acarbio from Sweden), alongside practical actions such as the collection of the trash that invade roads and valleys, were raising awareness among the citizens of a more ecological and sustainable culture model where a waste is also a resource.

Among the activities that took place particular mention should be made ofmaterial recyclingwith the participation of disabled children from the Girasole center. Thus a new approach to the theme was introduced, an approach that combine social and environment issues. Another subject addressed was theseparate collection“, because even though the municipality of the Amalfi Coast is among the most up-to-date in this field, there is always a room for improvement.

“Based on the data collected in 2014, 80% of the waste is being separated – said Vincenzo Savino, Councilor for the Environment of the Municipality of Tramonti – and this situation is in continuous growth with the recent introduction of the yellow trash bags that serve to divide paper and cardboard. In addition, a new system of “codified garbage bags” has been introduced, capable of monitoring users with a family database, where, on the basis of the door-to-door collections, the quantity and type of waste collected is also known “.

However, despite the expanded video surveillance system in the territory, that made it possible to identify illegal discharges, some misconducts still happen.

The presence of these young people who choose to dedicate their holiday period to environmental protection, in a territory recognized as a World Heritage Site, has encouraged many local volunteers and authorities of different associations of the Amalfi Coast to undertake new safeguards.

In symbiosis with this project carried out in a mountain area, there was another (Make it Blue) along the coast, on the beach of Minori: there we focused on the theme of sea and biodiversity through a constant cleaning of the free beach with “intelligent” use of the common resource and introduction of a “daily activity laboratory” for children. This is because the Amalfi Coast is both mountains and sea, valleys and beaches: and everything must be closely linked also in the theme of the environmental protection.