The Riteve station located in La Marina of San Carlos is from today a new permanent collectng point for disused tires, which continues to expand efforts to properly manage this material that is harmful to the environment and its misuse generates mosquito net hatcheries that transmit diseases that affect health.
The initiative is part of Riteve’s ongoing tire collection campaign in partnership with Fundellantas, Ecoins and it is endorsed by the Ministerio de Ambiente y Energía (MINAE) and the Ministerio de Salud.
Taking advantage of the month of the homeland, the necessary arrangements were made so that now the North Zone also has the possibility of responsibly handling the tires. With San Carlos, there are 5 permanent collecting points that remain active in different parts of the country because; since the opening of this campaign at the Riteve Station in Heredia just over a year ago, the stations of Cañas, Puntarenas and Guápiles were also added.
“We have chosen the points thinking of having a wider coverage throughout the country, and of prioritizing those communities that are being mostly affected by diseases such as Dengue, Zika and Chikungunya. We are very pleased with the opportunity to continue joining efforts for health and the environment“, said Jennifer Hidalgo, Deputy Communication Manager and Social Responsibility at Riteve.
Since it began, 22,900 tires have been collected, from which 15,300 were received between January and August this year, reflecting a significant growth.
“From Minae, we are pleased to support all projects that promote the proper use of special waste based on what is dictated by the law. Expanding the tire collection initiative to an area that has been impacted by pollution hotspots and inadequate waste management is a big step in preventing diseases such as dengue“, said the Deputy Minister of Environmental Management, Celeste López.
100% of the wasted tires collected are safely and environmentally sustainable converted into alternative fuel, used in the Caloric Energy Generation process in furnaces of the country’s cement industry, which is a Regulation on Waste Tires of the Ministry of Health and which contributes to the decarbonisation plan of Costa Rica.
“At Fundellantas, we are extremely committed to this campaign. We consider the involvement of citizens to be of great importance and this initiative is seeking to make citizens important players in the process of recovering the tires. Hence our efforts together to offer more and more points where, permanently, they can hand in the tires“, said Elsie Alvarez, Executive Director of Fundellantas.
As with the other collecting points, ecoins are awarded for each tire handed in, which can later be exchanged for discount coupons at the discount stores joined to the program. (see www.ecoins.eco) This benefit has motivated many more citizens to actively participate in the collection.
“Waste tires should not become an environmental or public health problem if we handle them properly. We are excited to see the alliance with Riteve and Fundellantas grow and provide more options to properly dispose this waste and earn 100 ecoins in the practice“, commented Karla Chaves, director of ecoins ®.
Dengue cases have been on the rise in recent weeks, especially in the Central North and Huetar Caribbean regions, which report 1272 and 658 cases respectively. The most affected cantons are Sarapiquí with 960, Pococí with 288, Guácimo with 176 and Central Alajuela with 165 cases so far this year. However, areas such as Aguas Zarcas, Turrialba and Jacó also face a slight increase in cases in the recent weeks.
In addition, there is a decrease in cases of Zika and Chikungunya. In the case of Chikungunya, at the end of July, 60 cases were reported, while in 2018 87 cases were reported in the same period. And, in the case of Zika, we went from 295 cases in the same period of 2018, to 89 cases in 2019 so far.
In the face of the increase in cases of Dengue that the country is facing, the Ministerio de Salud asks the population to continue with measures to eliminate hatcheries. At the collecting points all types of tires are received, the only requirement is that they do not come with excessive dirt, water or filled with cement or other materials. The reception hours of tires is the same in which the Technical Inspection stations work, i.e. Guápiles, San Carlos, Puntarenas and Heredia from 6:00a.m to.9:00pm and Cañas from 7:00 am to 7:00pm.
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