Three schools from Azkoitia, Bilbao and Zumaia, winners of the “Your Food is Not Waste” video contest
Nine students from Floreaga Salestar Ikastetxea, in Azkoitia; from La Inmaculada – Hijas de Jesús, in Bilbao; and from Maria eta Jose Ikastetxea, in Zumaia, are the prize-winners in the II “Your Food is Not Waste” video contest in the Compulsory Secondary, Upper Secondary and Social Media categories, respectively. The contest is an initiative organised by the Basque Municipal Waste Coordinator (OCRU), consisting of the Basque Government’s Ministry for the Environment, the three Provincial Councils, and the publicly-owned company Ihobe, as the technical secretariat.
The prize-giving ceremony was held today at the seat of the Basque Country in Donostia-San Sebastián and was attended by the Basque Government's Environmental Administration Director, Alejandra Iturrioz; the Environmental Director of Araba Provincial Council, Belen Etxeberria; the Environmental Infrastructures Director of Bizkaia Provincial Council, Marta Barco; and the Hydraulic Works and Environmental Director of Gipuzkoa Provincial Council, Ainhoa Iraola, all of whom were representing the institutions that make up the OCRU.
The prize winners in the Compulsory Secondary and Upper Secondary categories – Floreaga Salestar Ikastetxea and La Inmaculada-Hijas de Jesús - received a mini iPad and a diploma. There was also a special prize for the most popular video in the social media, which was won by students from Maria eta Jose Ikastetxea in Bilbao. Their prize is a boat trip to discover the coast of the Urdaibai Biosphere Reserve and a guided tour of the Basque Biodiversity Centre.
Contest for young people
The II “Your Food is Not Waste” video contest, open to students aged 12 to 18 of the Basque Country was convened by the Basque Municipal Waste Coordinator to mark the European Week for Waste Reduction in the Basque Country, held from 22 to 30 November 2014. The aim of the contest was to raise awareness among the general public, and particularly the youngest members, about responsible food consumption, along with the need to cut the wasting of resources caused by food that is not consumed.
“We believe there is a continued need to raise awareness about food waste," stressed Alejandra Iturrioz, the Basque Government’s Environmental Administration Director, “as young people represent the future generations that will still have to be able to use the planet's resources. We therefore consider their involvement and the dissemination of an awareness-raising message about responsible consumption and looking after the environment around us to be essential".
In the Basque Country, nearly 8% of the food bought is calculated to be thrown away without even being cooked, which is waste of around 50 kilos and around 200 euros per inhabitant per year.