Look after and preserve

This guide to good environmental practices in the Biosphere Reserve Terras do Miño has as its main objective to get each person, whether from his home or workplace, to be able to actively participate in the process of awareness regarding the care of the environment, optimizing and reducing the adverse effects which poor environmental practices can cause in such a singular environment as the Biosphere Reserve Terras do Miño. Although this impact could be perceived as insignificant or low, small actions aimed at their prevention or reduction can always be performed.

In this sense, this guide of good practices is a set of practical, useful and educational recommendations, which serve to modify or improve the habitual behaviours, whose aim is to optimize the use of resources: water, energy, etc., as well as minimize and properly manage the waste produced during the activity. This document aims to raise awareness and educate environmentally both the entire population by spreading basic notions on environmental management to all, establishing guidelines that lead to a reduction in the environmental impact caused by the activity of it and, more specifically, for each citizen individually.

To do this, this guide aims to achieve three objectives:

1. To instil the importance of reducing emissions, resource consumption and waste generation.

2. To encourage behaviour changes involving environmental and economic benefits, on an individual as well as a community level.

3. To transmit the knowledge necessary to achieve these two objectives.

To better understand what was developed in this Manual of Good Environmental Practices, it is necessary to know a few key concepts:

  • Reduction: The reduction involves a decrease in the use of source materials, which consumes less resources and generates less waste.
  • Reuse: This practice involves lengthening the life cycle of a product through similar or alternative uses of a material, i.e., once a product has fulfilled the function for which it was originally intended, it may be totally useless or it may be you given another, an alternative function that allows for a new use for it. This practice can be useful both to reduce the consumption of resources and to reduce waste generation.
  • Recycling: This practice involves the recovery of a resource already used to generate a new product. Recycling is a good option in the management of resources compared to the deposition and abandonment in landfill or the acquisition of new materials. However, we must not forget that recycling should be the alternative to the previous reduction and reuse.

An important aspect to be considered in waste production is that such production is a major expense, primarily due to the cost of raw materials, labour and energy wasted in the generation process. Given this triple cost, the real cost of waste often entails 5 to 20 times the cost of disposal.

The recommendations in this guide are divided into two categories: those designed for the general population and other with more specific measures for the agriculture and livestock sector which has great importance in the Biosphere Reserve Terras do Miño.

Everybody against forest fires:

I tell you tales:

The three “Rs”: Reduction, reuse, recycling:

Collection point of Láncara
Estrada poboa - San Xoan de MuroTeléfono: 982543077
Collection point of O Valadouro
Estrada de Foz, s/n da Vila de Ferreira - (next to the football pitch)Teléfono: 657231707
Collection point of Vilalba
Polígono Sete Pontes, s/nTeléfono: 606403036
Collection point of Friol
Recinto Ferial - (Fairgrounds, next to the cattle market)Teléfono: 669809823
Collection point of Lugo
Polígono do Ceao - Rua dos CarrosTeléfono: 982254483