With the objective of reducing and making the most of the post-consumption waste generated in the companies and commercial offices, the Consorcio Energético Punta Cana – Macao (CEPM), the Compañía de Electricidad de Bayahíbe (CEB), the Compañía de Electricidad de San Pedro de Macorís (Energas) and the NGO Nueva Vida para los Residuos (NUVI) signed an agreement in which they committed themselves to the installation of points for the collection of plastic bottles.
The NUVI Points will collect PET bottles used by employees and users to incorporate them into the circular economy process promoted by this entity and whose final purpose is to reduce the import of raw material, reduce the negative impact of plastic on the environment and strengthen a culture of ecological responsibility among the employees of CEPM, CEB and Energas.
The agreement was signed by Roberto Herrera, executive director of the Consorcio Energético Punta Cana – Macao (CEPM), representing also the Compañía de Electricidad Bayahíbe (CEB) and the Compañía de Electricidad San Pedro de Macorís (Energas); and Circe Almánzar, president of NUVI, who ratified their intention to work together to promote the culture of recycling.
Herrera highlighted the importance of this agreement after stating that it will contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals 11, 12 and 13 of the United Nations, while promoting a culture of reduction, recycling and revaluation of waste among the employees of the institution.
“From CEPM, CEB and Energas, we have always considered ourselves allies of sustainable development, and we have been demonstrating this by adopting habits and solutions that allow us to reduce our environmental footprint in each of our operations, said Herrera.
“We are proud to continue contributing to this objective through our alliance with NUVI, which presents us with the opportunity not only to reduce and manage the waste generated at our facilities in a timely manner, but also to raise awareness and promote a responsible and environmentally friendly culture among our collaborators, contractors and suppliers,” he added.
For her part, Almánzar mentioned that with the start of an educational campaign among the collaborators of the signatory companies, “we will promote the importance of giving a second chance to each plastic bottle, in order to avoid the pollution caused by its waste”.
The president of NUVI also thanked CEPM for signing the agreement and expressed that “this is a long-term project, where we will add tetra pak, cartons and construction waste to avoid the contamination of our natural resources and thus be able to reuse them by giving a new life to these wastes.”
The agreement will be in effect for one year, and it establishes the interest and willingness to collaborate in order to create processes that direct materials back into the economy – away from landfills – and organize entities through the process of creating and closing circles with sustainable and profitable practices.
NUVI is a non-profit association whose mission and purpose is to lead the circular economy objectives and support integrated waste management systems for its valorization in the Dominican Republic.