We are “ragpickers”, an old trade which provides us with our resources, which we have brought up to date with separate collection, preparation for reuse and recycling of waste objects and materials under agreements with 16 local authority associations in Navarre and different SCRAPS (management systems), which we then sell at our flea markets.
In our Preparation Centre for Reuse and Recycling, we collect, sort and process over 12,000 tons for reuse or recycling.
The centre spans 20,000m², divided into four main areas: TEXTILES, FURNITURE, WEEE (waste electrical and electronic equipment) and BOOKS & SMALL ITEMS.
This centre is an important part of the Circular Economy in Navarre and is recognised as part of the infrastructure of the Navarre Integrated Waste Plan (PIGRN).
We carry out separate collection of objects and materials under agreements with 16 local authority associations and different SCRAPs throughout the whole of Navarre. Home collection is the main type of collection carried out. This “door-to-door” method helps us maintain close contact with citizens and collect greater amounts of waste.
- PREPARATION FOR REUSE AND RECYCLING
Once the objects have been collected, they come to our preparation centre, where they go through the following process:
* Manual sorting
* Preparation for reuse: checking, cleaning and/or repair of discarded objects so that they can be used by others.
* Preparation for recycling: separating and sorting parts and materials which make up the object to allow them to be reused as spare parts or raw material.
In 2019 we collected a total of 11,482,333kg, of which we reused or recycled 84%, and discarded only 16%.
The sale of objects and materials is the final step of our process. This allows us to make a living from our work and give objects a second life. At Traperos, however, we promote responsible consumption, and our flea markets are a demonstration of our solidarity and respect for the environment. In our seven second-hand shops, we present the collected, classified and/or repaired objects with care and attention, selling them at affordable prices.
With regard to the materials from disassembly (metal, wood, plastic, plates, rags, etc.) we sell these to authorised waste managers for recycling.
Shops: Berriozar, Artica, Gayarre, Triki Traku, Burlada, Estella and Tudela.
- 192 people work at Berriozar preparation centre, all under contracts for 32.5 hours/week, 35 hours/week or 37.5 hours/week.
- The number of companions for each area is as follows:
GENERAL MAINTENANCE: 9
VEHICLE/BALANCE MAINTENANCE: 3
BOOKS/SMALL OBJECTS: 10
Collection and preparation for reuse is carried out in conjunction with 16 local authority associations and different SCRAPS.
1972 Barañain slums
Between 1972 and 1978, a work camp was developed with volunteers to collect funds to build the village of Santa Lucía.
1978 Emmaus ragpickers community Inauguration of the Casa de Villa Simona, and start of shared life and work between different people with complex personal situations.
1981 Separate collection
Active participation in the first separate collection pilot project in Navarre, together with team Lorea.
1984 First convention on separate collection
Institutional relations begin with Pamplona town hall, which promotes key aspects of the Circular Economy.
1985 Belzunce, a new community house,
With the support of other Emmaus groups, institutions and friends, an estate in Belzunce is bought to expand welcome facilities and work.
1989 Social and Solidarity Economy
A congress is held, during which the basis of what will become the social and solidarity economy and social integration companies is proposed.
1995 New premises at Sarasa
3000m² is bought to expand activities and increase the number of job roles. Now, not all workers live in the community.
2002-2006 Belzunce bioclimatic house
The house is reformed and internal organisation and methodology is updated. The community becomes a “School of personal and collective growth”.
2012-2020 New centre at Berriozar A 20,000m² factory is bought and renovated. The new headquarters, the Preparation Centre for Reuse and Recycling, is finished in 2020.
A big challenge in our new centre is to increase reuse across all areas.
Currently, around 7% of all collected objects are reused. This increases to 10% for large objects and textiles and decreases to 2.5% for WEEE.
OBJECTIVES FOR PREPARATION FOR REUSE FROM THE NAVARRE WASTE PLAN:
- Domestic and commercial waste (O.PR.01):
- For textile waste, WEEEs, furniture and other waste which could be repaired, 2% of that collected in 2020.
- For large objects, 12% of that collected in 2022 and 18% of that collected in 2027.
- Waste electrical and electronic equipment – WEEE (O.PR.02):
- 2% of WEEE collected in categories 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10 and 3% for category 3, particularly small IT and telecommunications equipment (until 14/08/2018).
- From 15/08/2018:
- 3% of WEEE collected for FR4 (large objects).
- 4% of WEEE collected for FR6 (small IT and telecommunications equipment).
RECYCLING/RECOVERY OBJECTIVES (O.R.04):
- Large objects: reach recycling objectives regarding quantity collected: 50% in 2022 and 75% by 2027.
COLLECTION: AMOUNT AND PROVENANCE OF OBJECTS COLLECTED
In 2019 we collected 11,482,333kg:
• FURNITURE (37.9%): Homes and waste facilities
• WEEE (25.8%): Distributors, homes and waste facilities
• TEXTILES (17.8%): Refuse containers, homes and waste facilities
• GLASS (10.7%): Establishments in the old town
• SMALL OBJECTS/BOOKS (4.3%): Homes and waste facilities
• PAPER (2.9%): Establishments and homes
• BATTERIES (0.6%): Establishments, refuse containers and waste facilities
Home collection is the main form of collection. This “door-to-door” method helps us maintain close contact with citizens and collect greater amounts of waste. Each year we carry out more than 55,000 home collections – more than 4,500 per month.
PREPARATION FOR REUSE AND RECYCLING
Of the total number of kg collected, we have reused or recycled 84%, rejecting only 16%.
At Traperos Emaús Navarra, we believe that we must shift to a more SOCIAL and circular model to reduce material consumption and unbridled production, encourage reuse, or as a last resort, recycling of materials, aiming to improve wellbeing and care for all people. We must move towards a true social and solidarity economy which includes caring for nature.
Mid-term projects are aimed at continual improvement of our processes for better reuse.
We are currently launching a bicycle repair workshop, and we need to develop all workshops further, particularly the furniture and carpentry workshop, which concerns almost half of all objects collected.
Traperos Emaus Navarra’s work in conjunction with the Navarre local authority associations is an important part of the circular economy at state-wide level and represents a WORK, SOCIAL and ENVIRONMENTAL alternative:
“The partnership and cooperation of local entities with social/solidarity organisations demonstrates that in one action and with one budget, many objectives and public responsibilities can be combined.”
The action comprises:
- Waste management with high RECOVERY rates.
- Stable, quality employment.
- Combatting exclusion.
- Social utility - making essential goods available to groups with low purchasing power.
- Social cohesion and solidarity.
Due to the increase in kg collected, in 2012 we began discussing buying the new Berriozar centre.
The purchase of this new centre in Berriozar has increased the surface area available in Sarasa from 3000m² to 13,000m². This has allowed us to expand the repair workshop and will help us improve in new processes.
This expansion also involves an increase in the number of companions working here, which poses the challenge of reinforcing and rethinking the organisation of the collective.