Green flag of hotel sustainability


The Port de la Selva will compete this summer with 26 municipalities in Catalonia to obtain the Bandera Verde (Green Flag) of Ecovidrio's hospitality sustainability.

• Bandera Verde rewards the efforts of the local hotel industry and the town hall itself for their commitment to recycling glass containers and the fight against climate change.
• The local restaurants, bars and beach bars have already joined this initiative in collaboration with the Port de la Selva City Council and Ecovidrio.

Ecovidrio, the non-profit entity in charge of managing the recycling of glass container waste in Spain, launches the third edition of the Green Flags Movement. This initiative aims to reward the effort of the more than 300 hotel establishments in the province and the activism of 7 of its municipalities for sustainability during the summer, especially with regard to the correct management of their waste.

The campaign includes actions to respond to the notable increase in the generation of glass container waste in coastal areas caused by summer tourism. In summer, a third of the glass containers that are put into circulation are consumed and 50% of them are generated directly in the hospitality sector, so their involvement is key to generating a real transition towards a more circular and decarbonised model.

Ecovidrio has launched the first field study to find out the level of implementation of the sustainability measures applied in coastal bars and restaurants throughout Catalonia. The surveys will be carried out by environmental educators in person during the month of July and they will obtain a universe of 1,089 establishments between bars, beach bars and restaurants. Some of the areas to be analyzed will be the efficient management of waste, energy efficiency or responsible consumption. In a climate emergency context, it will be possible to have a snapshot of the sector in this area and share success stories and scalable good practices.

At the end of the season, Ecovidrio will reward the two establishments in Catalonia that are more mature in the environmental management of their activity.

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