A new application for mobile phones Eco Island was released in June on the island of São Miguel, in the Azores.
This application, launched by the island’s recycling and waste management company MUSAMI, is part of the “Commitment to the Environment – We Recycle” campaign. The aim is to advertise the area of restoration through recycling commitment and promoting good practices. Restaurants are encouraged to subscribe to a separation and recycling program for which they will receive a quality seal and the opportunity to have their location in GPS coordinates on the MUSAMI App, making easier to identify and present themselves as an eco-friendly establishments to any citizen or tourist who visits the island of São Miguel.
For the conservation of this award the restaurants will be subject to periodic surveys in order to safeguard the continuity of the good practice towards waste. It´s expected that Eco Island will see the participation of all restaurants on the island and soon try to engage more tourism industry entities. In a near future, a partnership with the Waste App could be a reality, contributing together to the awareness of tourism economic activity to the importance of waste separation, while at the same time contributing to an increase in the recycling rate, with a focus on European waste targets.