Combining social innovation and very green office operations

January 6, 2014 at 4:08 pm | Posted in General | Leave a comment
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ImageOur office in the Romania Green Building Council’s headquarters in Bucharest utilizes the RECICLETA service to handle our office’s paper waste. This innovative program helps disadvantaged persons with a legal job and utilizes cargo bikes to pick up and transport the recycled paper. Recently, ViitorPlus, the organization behind RECICLETA was recognized with a prize in the European Investment Bank Institute for Social Innovation Tournament.

Congratualtions to ViitorPlus! We would be interested to see your submissions of other innovative programs for green office operations.

RECICLETA, people in difficulty collect paper for recycling with the Cargo-bicycles

March 7, 2012 at 10:26 am | Posted in General | Leave a comment
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RECICLETA is a social economy project that in the same time helps to protect nature.

Set up by ViitorPlus Association in 2009, the project offers paper waste collecting services to companies using cargo-bicycles – pollution-free transportation – driven by people with social issues. For the cyclers this project means a secure, legal job that helps them support their families – they are selected from among the people who are part of the family abandonment prevention project of SOS Children’s Villages Bucharest Association.

                                    

In two years, RECICLETA has:

  • collected over 100.000 kg of paper;
  • saved 1.500 trees from being cut down (4 hectares);
  • saved Bucharest of 31.8 t of CO2 by using cargo-bicycles instead of a car;
  • prevented 86.4 t of CO2 from waste land through recycling paper;

 

Do you want to recycle and help people in need and have a cleaner city?

Here’s how you can sign up for the RECICLETA program:

  •  You send us an e-mail at recicleta@viitorplus.ro;
  •  We sign a contract;
  • We provide the rules of a proper selective waste collection and standard 25 kg containers;
  • When containers get filled, you let us know by e-mail or by phone (0735.854.168), and the cargo-bicycles come to pick up the paper.
 

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Because it is also a social project which helps disadvantaged people integrate into the labor market, companies can choose to pay a contribution of 5 lei for each discharge of a container. The amounts are allocated for the cyclers’ salaries.

Join us by signing up!

Recicleta Project sustained by RoGBC team

We collected paper and saved one and a half trees from being cut down!

September 14, 2011 at 12:07 pm | Posted in General | Leave a comment
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In any office conducting usual activities a lot of paper gathers around: all kinds of document drafts, outdated offers ,expired contracts and so on. Even when using the paper at a maximum, for example printing new document drafts on the back of previously printed ones, it will soon become obsolete. Therefore entire stacks of paper sheets end up getting in everybody’s way.

There are certain paper collectors out there, but offices generating small amounts of paper are not generally taken into consideration. Because a transport for small amounts of paper would not be economically justifiable, most of the specialized collectors only respond to amounts close to a tone. Small quantities of paper end up disposed of directly in the city’s garbage dump and so because of the permanent demand for paper the trees grow fewer and fewer.

Here at RoGBC we understood the need of saving trees from being cut down and partnered up with “ViitorPlus”, joining the “Recicleta” program.

According to this paper collecting program, “The transport of the disposed paper is provided by cargo-bikes, unique in Romania, driven by socially and physically challenged people who now have a job assured.

Helped by our selective garbage disposal system which we suggested during the “Creating and Managing Greener Offices” program, we were serious, dedicated and collected in the last three months 100 kilograms of paper.

Translated, that is one of a half trees saved from being cut down!

Recycle!

The RoGBC Team.

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