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Town Council (borough) of Ericeira (8000 inhabitants, 100 000 in summer due to the beautiful beaches), 80km north of Lisbon.


The project was developed within the framework of the project “Ericeira Recycle”.

It began in 2002 with food oils with an average of 7 tons per month. The product is transformed at a biofuel transformation plant which belongs to the town council. In restaurants a collection of intact glass bottles is made: “we sell the beer bottles in Angola and the wine ones in Spain and France. Two people and an electric car work the collection circuit of the restaurants”.

The implementation of the CSR system works by the collection of “rolhões” (large cork stoppers) within a network of 24 eco-points in streets and 47 restaurants. Within the borough itself inhabitants can bring cork stoppers in bags.


NGO Quercus and Cork company Amorim (from 2008) Untill 2008 Ericeira didn’t have found a buyer for the first ton of cork. “We decided not to sell, and offer the corks for the Quercus campaign”.

Start date:


How much:

about 1.2 tons

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