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COSSAN and FUNDEMAS are focused on promoting eco-friendly games

Staff of the Competition Unit (Sports) from the Organizing Committee of the Central American and Caribbean Games San Salvador 2023 (COSSAN2023) organized an informational meeting recently about the management of solid waste at the competition venues.

The goal of the symposium was to coordinate the adequate management of solid waste before, during, and after the sport competitions in each one of the venues.

The presentation, which was attended by the representatives of the sport federations and municipalities, was given by Roxana Contreras, Project Coordinator of the Business Foundation for Social Action (FUNDEMAS).

According to Contreras, FUNDEMAS presented COSSAN with a proposal about implementing a guide to deal with the impact that these sport events might have on the environment.

Roxana Contreras, Project Coordinator of the Business Foundation for Social Action (FUNDEMAS).

“It will be quite interesting because we will promote the reduction of certain non-recyclable materials, and we are also coordinating the logistics for the retrieval of recyclable materials from the different sport venues. We’ll be there, working side by side with the federations in order to retrieve those materials”, Contreras mentioned.

Since 2017, FUNDEMAS has been working to reinforce the recycling value chain, and for the San Salvador 2023 Games, it pretends to implement a series of steps along with COSSAN and the municipalities to provide some added value to the event.

 The project coordinator of FUNDEMAS explained that part of the logistics is to visit the different sport venues to analyze their capacity, which sports are being played, the approximate number of athletes, and where the regular waste bins and the jumbo recycling bins are being placed.

“When the designated volunteers for cleaning are ready, we will start training both, the venue coordinators and the people responsible for cleaning, so they also know what materials are recyclable or not, and how to separate it. We also have to coordinate the logistics of the retrieval of the materials, who will pick it up, and in which schedules”, she explained.

In that regard, Contreras detailed that they will first will provide the volunteers with an introduction to Google Classroom, with a module about inclusive recycling and circular economy. Afterwards, “there will be more operative actions because we need to go to each venue to set the logistics of who will retrieve the materials, how and at what time”.

Additionally, the project coordinator of FUNDEMAS explained that the endgame of this process is the retrieval of materials.

“Instead of ending up in a landfill, the streets, rivers, or lakes, all that waste will be inserted in a recycling chain of values, because we will connect with recyclers, which is people who actually lives out of the retrieval of materials, as well as connections with collection centers. Instead of being a problem, it will gives us the opportunity to generate jobs, and having a cleaner event”, she mentioned.

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The project coordinator of FUNDEMAS explained that part of the logistics is to visit the different sport venues to analyze their capacity, which sports are being played, the approximate number of athletes, and where the regular waste bins and the jumbo recycling bins are being placed.

“When the designated volunteers for cleaning are ready, we will start training both, the venue coordinators and the people responsible for cleaning, so they also know what materials are recyclable or not, and how to separate it. We also have to coordinate the logistics of the retrieval of the materials, who will pick it up, and in which schedules”, she explained.

In that regard, Contreras detailed that they will first will provide the volunteers with an introduction to Google Classroom, with a module about inclusive recycling and circular economy. Afterwards, “there will be more operative actions because we need to go to each venue to set the logistics of who will retrieve the materials, how and at what time”.

Additionally, the project coordinator of FUNDEMAS explained that the endgame of this process is the retrieval of materials.

“Instead of ending up in a landfill, the streets, rivers, or lakes, all that waste will be inserted in a recycling chain of values, because we will connect with recyclers, which is people who actually lives out of the retrieval of materials, as well as connections with collection centers. Instead of being a problem, it will gives us the opportunity to generate jobs, and having a cleaner event”, she mentioned.

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