Scholars decorate containers from their neighborhood in order to prevent from vandalism. As a result, community accept and respect these elements as their own.
The misuse of waste containers is affected by their general deterioration and aesthetic aspect. To get more involved with the population and make these elements more attractive, cooperation with neighbourhood associations and school groups was promoted, with designing activities and to make the exterior more attractive so that it fits in with these elements.
The schools in the affected areas have designed and done the decoration and painted the containers alongside Sadeco monitors and support staff. As a result, students, families, and the neighbourhood in general, feel that these elements are their own. They feel proud of the work done and encourage respect for these items, which are needed for waste disposal.

Development and Timescale:
After the work was done with teachers in a week, the bins were placed outside during the following week.
Six months after the activity began, decoration of the containers was finished by students from 3 schools in Cordoba.

Actors involved:
Schools, Parents' associations, Neighbourhood associations, local shops, Sadeco.

Legal framework:
Cordoba Council municipal bye-laws

Resources needed

The approximate cost of supplying the containers was €0 per container, as the containers were being reused. Therefore, it was only necessary to calculate the cost of dissemination, posters and the team of teachers plus the painting and decorating materials. Approximate price: €135 per container.

Evidence of success

Education and awareness of the school community, particularly the schoolchildren themselves, as well as parents and locals, in waste recycling values, and respect for street furniture for public use. During last two years before application of this good practice, containers were burnt an average of three times in the neighborhood related; since containers were decorated, none ot them have been damaged by vandalism.

Difficulties encountered

Difficulties in choosing the groups of students and the initial involvement of community associations in starting the project. Choosing model locations, because, during the first stage, the work could not be done on all containers or in all areas of the neighbourhoods.

Potential for learning or transfer

It is a initiative easy to transfer and allow to raise awareness about the importance of the participation of different actors in making common waste collection elements their own.

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Main institution
Sanitation of Cordoba
Andalucía, Spain (España)
Start Date
January 2017
End Date
December 2017


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