A second edition even more engagé (committed) and moved by the spirit of collaboration and creativity to send a key message. Recycling and reusing are main drivers to reduce waste and aim at 'zero waste'. On the 3rd and the 4th March 2023 the second edition of MONACOLLECTE was held at Port Hercule. The event, under the high patronage of H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco and in partnership with H.S.H. Princess Stéphanie of Monaco, gave life to a true environmentally friendly village within the urban area of the Principality to push the sorting of waste in a special way. The solidarity village was unveiled, in the presence of the Sovereign Prince, on Friday the 3rd March by Céline Caron-Dagioni, Minister of Equipment, Environment and Urban Planning, Georges Marsan, Mayor of Monaco, Thomas Battaglione, Director General of Société Monégasque de l'Electricité et du Gaz (SMEG), and Thierry Francart, Managing Director of Société Monégasque d'Assainissement (SMA).
This years' edition, in particular, organisers would like to encourage a proactive approach among all visitors. How can you efficiently sort your waste? Where to dispose of special waste? How to avoid food waste and better consume? SMA, in partnership with the Direction de l’Aménagement Urbain du Gouvernement Princier (Directorate of Urban Development of the Prince's Government) and the Mairie de Monaco (City of Monaco), offered various entertainments and workshops addressed to people of all ages, as well as information stands focused on collection, sorting, recycling and waste processing.
Annabelle Jaeger-Seydoux, Director of the Energy Transition Mission, highlighted: « This initiative allows participants to question themselves about the life cycle of objects. The reuse approach is really at the heart of the event. For this reason we strongly wanted to be present as the Mission for the Energy Transition to even enhance MaConsigne project to push reusable containers instead of single-use devices. To be effective we showed a pyramid of compressed waste corresponding to 87,000 pieces, as a result of only 15 days of everyday use in the Principality ».
The Mùnegu Repair Café represented a pole of attraction of this edition. « This special cafe is a place where everyone can bring a portable household appliance to be repaired by experienced volunteers from Nice or donate it to associations in charge of reusing the components to give any device a new utility », explained Marjorie Crovetto, Deputy Mayor of Monaco, in charge of Living Environment and Sustainable Development.
The whole area, at the core of the most iconic yachting harbour was equipped by special containers besides the conventional ones. Moreover, citizens and visitors could access to natural compost free of charge and test a series of good practices in order to give new life to second-hand clothes, toys, books, etc., with the support of charitable associations and companies operating in the field of up-cycling.
Thierry Francart pointed out: « This event was conceived to allow everyone to carry used things that can be reused but we would also raise eco-awareness with the involvement of the most important associations of the area who responded enthusiastically. The favourable weather also favoured the attendance of the public that welcomed the initiative for the second year, including numerous school children who attended a theatre performance focused on food waste and the importance to choose organic and slow food ».
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