The Porcarelli family has always been close to sport. Per noi lo sport è un insegnamento di vita e specie in questi anni ee have increased our commitment by helping various sports clubs. In recent years we have approached cycling, a sport where commitment, effort and sweat not only make athletes grow, but also give children an extra boost in their maturation, appreciating wins and losses, rules and respect for others.
We have always been aware of the importance, in our work, to give a concrete help to the promotion of information and education in the environmental sector. Precisely for this reason Porcarelli Group this summer will be a partner of FAI LA DIFFERENZA, C’È… the Sustainability Festival, a large single container of many projects that aim to spread to a more heterogeneous audience as possible, from children to adults, through educational and green activities, games, entertainment, art, storytelling, music, information and educational workshops and training, the concepts of ‘sustainable development’ in which are enclosed the dynamic balance between environmental quality, economic development and social equity, helping to create a culture of sustainability.
With the aim of involving more and more associations and citizens towards the contents of the circular economy and the promotion of the Agenda 2030 for the sustainable development of the planet, the project combines ‘doing together’ with the promotion of the culture of sustainability, aiming at creating a greater ecological awareness and an effective environmental protection.
The project is spread over several days and several locations. The period in which the event will take place in its complexity will be from July to September 2021.
Despite the fact that the production and installation of asbestos has been prohibited since 1992 (Law No. 257 of 27 March 1992), it is still widely present in Italy. The ONA (National Asbestos Observatory) estimates a presence on the national territory of 40 million tons of materials containing asbestos yet to be reclaimed and disposed of.
What is asbestos and why is it dangerous Asbestos is a set of minerals with a fibrous structure composed of silicate of magnesium, calcium and iron. Already known in ancient times, asbestos is a very resistant material, fireproof, insulating and flexible and it is precisely because of these characteristics that it has been widely used in construction (from pipes, sheets, panels to boilers, flues, water tanks). During the eighties some epidemiological studies, however, have shown that the fibers from which asbestos is composed, once dispersed into the air, can be the cause of serious diseases such as pleural mesothelioma and lung cancer. The more friable and damaged asbestos is, the more dangerous it is..
Types of reclamation and who can carry it outThe reclamation and transport of asbestos can only be carried out by a specialized company registered in the Register of Environmental Managers and performed by qualified operators equipped with personal protective equipment. There are three different possibilities of intervention, according to the different needs:
1) Removal of asbestos materials This is the most dangerous procedure for qualified operators, but it is also the most widespread, because it eliminates all potential sources of exposure, both to humans and to the surrounding environment.
2) Encapsulation This involves treating asbestos with penetrating or covering products that tend to encapsulate the asbestos fibres and form a protective film on the exposed surface.
3) Confinement This consists of installing a tight barrier separating the asbestos from other areas of the building. Usually associated with an encapsulating treatment, otherwise there is a risk that the release of fibres will continue within the confinement.
Bonus To see a Europe without asbestos we must wait until 2028, the deadline set by the European Union. For the removal and disposal of asbestos there are some tax breaks for companies, public bodies and private citizens, such as the Bonus Asbestos, specifically for companies, and the Ecobonus 110%, which is also available to individuals. You too can contribute to the Zero Asbestos goal for a healthier environment for all.
By culture and tradition, health and safety in the workplace have always represented for the Porcarelli Group a value to be defended. Today this alone is no longer enough. Those who work in the waste management sector, like us, have a moral commitment to carry out their work with honesty and responsibility. With these objectives, the companies of the Group have certified their production processes both in the provision of services and in the control of environmental impacts of their activities, systematically seeking to improve in a consistent, sustainable and effective way.
In collaboration with Treedom, we’ve planted 500 trees to give back to our planet, even if only in part, what we take away from it every day with our daily actions. We were born from the idea that even a small action can be fundamental for a bigger change: today we want to do it, one tree at a time, to safeguard natural systems, as a duty towards the environment and towards our customers. Treedom has given us the opportunity to choose, once again, the path of sustainability.
The aim of this collaboration is to plant more and more trees each year to absorb CO₂ from the atmosphere, and to promote the social, environmental and economic development of the communities involved through agro-forestry projects.
This year we have chosen to support Treedom’s forestry project in Guatemala, where every tree planted supports local communities and triggers virtuous processes of growth. Because every tree represents a step towards a world with equal opportunities.