The consumption of pipes in football stadiums is generally quite high. Unfortunately, virtually all balls are thrown to the ground, which is why they end up in the household garbage. Now the idea of transform this waste into compost.

A joint effort between Real Sociedad Fundazioa and Kutxa Ekogunea, also counting on the collaboration of Ekotrade has developed the initiative Anoetatik Gipuzkoako Baratzetara.

Designed by the design studio Espacios Intermedios, its purpose is to convert pipe shells into fertilizer compost Natural. Likewise, the initiative begins at the Anoeta stadium to fertilize the land of the orchards of Kutxa Ekogunea in Gipuzkoa.

The project promoters in their presentation stressed that the consumption of pipes in the stadiums is very high. Last year, for example, over 100,000 tonnes were consumed.

They also explained that more than 70% of this waste is thrown on the ground, adding a problem to the project. When thrown to the ground, they mix with other waste that prevents them from being recycled.

However, picking them up selectively can turn them into useful waste. The idea is to give each fan a container in which to put only the pipe shells.

In this way, they would collaborate with this idea, helping in the optimal collection of waste.

The collection process.


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As the fans enter the stadium, You will receive an orange container to place the pipe shells. Once the game is over, fans will place the container in the containers of the same color dedicated to this campaign.

Later, this waste will be mixed with fresh orchard waste. They will be placed in compost heaps. After a process of more or less 12 months, they will become compost.

In the first place This fertilizer will be used in orchards and parks in Gipuzkoa.

First test in the grandstand.

This project will be launched gradually at the Anoeta stadium. It has already been tested in the upper ring of the grandstand, with excellent results.

In the last game Real Sociedad played at home, the initiative was also extended to the lower ring of the east stand.. It was also tested with the top ring of the Aitor Zabaleta grandstand.

Little by little, it will be gradually implemented in the rest of the stadium.


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