by Filipa Moita

The more than 600 schools and entities that participated in the 11th. Depositrão Generation edition collected more than 470 tons of WEEE (Waste of Electrical and Electronic Equipment) and WPA (Waste of Batteries and Accumulators) and guaranteed their correct disposal for recycling.

This edition had the active participation of all education school levels and partner entities, notably the big winner, EB23 Damião de Odemira, in Beja, which collected more than 19 tons of waste and remains in the Depositrão Generation since the first year of the initiative. On the other hand, the first one to reach the top 5 was the Autonomous Region of Azores, through EBI/S Cardinal Costa Nunes (Pico Island), with a collection of over 11 tons of waste. It should also be noted that the average weight of waste collected per school this year was 957kg.

The final balance of this edition resulted in the selection of five schools that collected the highest  total weight and the other five schools that sent for recycling the highest weight of waste per student.

Schools are evaluated according to several criteria, of which we highlight:

Total weight (kg)

EB 2,3 Damião de Odemira = 19158

Escola Básica de Saboia nº 1 = 18354

EB1 de Lamas = 11779

EBI/S Cardeal Costa Nunes = 11254

Escola Secundária de Ponte de Sor = 10726

Total weight per student (kg)

Jardim de Infância de Casais de São Clemente = 779,83

EB1 de Lamas = 327,19

Escola Básica de Saboia nº 1 = 305,90

EB1 de Cabanas de Tavira = 182,98

EB1 de Loução – Venade = 130,45

At the same time, several schools were distinguished by districts and autonomous regions, in a total of over 250 awards. The District of Lisbon occupies the 1st place in the top, followed by the districts of Beja and Coimbra, all with more than 40 tons of waste collected in this area.

For Filipa Moita, Communication Manager at ERP Portugal, “It is with great satisfaction that we are witnessing the evolution of the behavior of schools in this challenge, where the delivery of waste is already part of their daily lives and the mobilization of the community for this theme is a reality. The new edition of the Depositrão Generation is already on the field and will continue to set the agenda for all school levels, from kindergarten to University students.”

This ERP Portugal campaign is implemented in partnership with ABAE (European Blue Flag Association), through the Eco-Schools Program, and is sponsored by LG, Orima, Pingo Doce and Worten.