The Director General for Climate Change and Environmental Education, Marta de Santos, chairs the inauguration of the 7th edition of the course on Integrated Packaging Waste Management in Zaragoza
Forty-five students will specialize in the management of this waste stream thanks to this initiative organized by the Government of Aragon, Ecoembes, Ecovidrio and CIRCE

At the headquarters of the CIRCE Foundation, the Director General for Climate Change and Environmental Education of the Government of Aragon, Marta de Santos, today presided over the inauguration of the 7th edition of the specialisation course in Integrated Packaging Waste Management. She was accompanied by the area delegates of the Ecoembes and Ecovidrio management systems, Fernando Blázquez Andrés and Óscar Acedo Olivenza, respectively, and Andrés Llombart, director of CIRCE, which is the entity that carries it out.

This course is one of the most interesting actions, within those carried out by the General Management, as a result of the framework agreements of collaboration between the Government of Aragon and the integrated management systems ECOEMBES and ECOVIDRIO.

The course is aimed at university students and professionals and its costs are covered by the funds of the framework agreements with both integrated systems, so it is free of charge. It serves to learn the details of the process of selective collection, selection and recycling of packaging. Students study the entire chain, from the agents involved, to the economic and environmental benefits derived from the activity, including the sector’s regulatory framework. They will also discover the importance of innovation in the design and manufacture of packaging.

“There are many environmental challenges we face in today’s society. Speaking of the urban environment, one of them is undoubtedly the management of waste, of our household waste, the garbage that each of us generates daily. Packaging waste is an important part of our domestic waste and doing our best to reduce it and manage it better is a commitment to the objectives of the European package of circular economy and it is also an ethical commitment to the planet,” said Marta de Santos, at the opening. She also thanked and encouraged the participants to make the most of the course in order to “understand the enormous organisational complexity that exists from the moment a container is placed in a container until it becomes a ready-to-use material”.

It is a 50 hour course for which almost 80 applications have been received and finally 45 people will attend. The high number of applications and the positive evaluations of previous editions show the interest of the course. In this new edition, more space is allocated to developing proposals related to the circular economy. In addition, visits to packaging waste treatment plants are planned.

The participation of these four entities gives the course a unique character, as it involves public administration, specialized managers of this type of waste and the research field in a single degree. Students who pass the course will receive a diploma.