Portuguese App wants to help make Portugal ‘greener’

A researcher from the University of Coimbra has developed an application that allows quantifying and qualifying, in seconds, the volumes of household solid waste generated by day, month and year in each of the municipalities of Portugal.

Called ‘Verdes pt 2018’, the new app was created by the researcher Márcio Magera Conceição, from the Center for Functional Ecology of the Faculty of Science and Technology of the University of Coimbra (FCTUC), within the scope of her postdoctoral studies guided by Maria of Fátima Alves, announced today that faculty.

The app, which can be downloaded for free from the App Store, in versions for the Android and iOS systems, will be launched on Thursday at 10:00 am in the Auditorium II of Colégio São Bento (Department of Life Sciences of FCTUC), in the Polo I of the University of Coimbra, in the historical high of the city.

The main objective of the Greens en 2018 is to promote “a greater environmental awareness”, says the researcher, quoted by FCTUC.

“Every user will see the millions of euros that are being put into the landfills and how many jobs could be generated by recycling these raw materials that are still popularly called garbage,” says Márcio Magera Conceição.

The application also indicates “the millions of euros that are generated with the recycling process already adopted in Portugal and all the gains in raw materials, energy and environmental gains by reusing urban solid waste,” he adds.

All data were extracted from official platforms of the Government of Portugal and confirmed by the researcher, the FCTUC said.

This app “allows quantification and scientific qualification of the volume of urban solid waste produced in the municipalities of Portugal, typifying domestic waste and indicating the true values that are being recovered and also the values lost by not recycling,” said the college.

With this data, “governments, companies, institutions and universities can carry out public policies and business plans with a lower incidence of errors and with less investment in the process of setting up recycling centres across the country,” says Márcio Magera Conceição.

In addition to the researcher, “the presentation of the volumes and values could create an environmental awareness in the main producers of garbage on the planet.”

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