Pipe Shells From Soccer Stadiums In Spain Will Become Compost

The consumption of pipes in football stadiums is usually quite high. Unfortunately, practically all the shells are thrown on the ground, which is why they end up in the common garbage. Now, the idea of converting this waste into compost is being considered.

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

Conceived by the design studio Espacios Intermedios, its purpose is to convert pipe shells into natural fertilizer. Likewise, the initiative begins at the Anoeta stadium to fertilize the lands of the Kutxa Ekogunea gardens in Gipuzkoa.

The promoters of the project in their presentation highlighted that the consumption of pipes in the stadiums is very high. In the last year, for example, more than one hundred thousand tons were consumed.

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

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

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

The collection process.

When fans enter the stadium, they will be given an orange container to deposit their pipe shells. Once the game is over, the fans will deposit the container in the containers of the same color dedicated to this campaign.

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

First of all , this fertilizer will be used in orchards and parks in Gipuzkoa.

First test in tribune.

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

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

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

Soccer is seen as the vehicle to promote sustainable and environmental behaviors. On the other hand, Kutxa Ekogunea promotes the circular economy through the work of the club and the fans.

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