From used tires to a basketball court for schools, the Legambiente Lombardia project

Lombard School students are protagonists of the circular economy thanks to the project “For proper recycling of End of Life tires”, promoted by Ecopneus, a non-profit company which is the main operator in the management of End of Life tires in Italy, in collaboration with Legambiente. Good environmental practices, sustainability and ELT recycling are the key topics of the training course conducted by Lombard students, which comes to an end with the creation of a video spot on the management of ELTs End of Life tires.

The training course is set up Pupils of first and second grade secondary school in Lombardy who, together with the guides and guided by Legambient educators, will digest and understand how the recycling process of ELTs works, transforming and recycling rubber useful for the creation of ecologically sustainable products and objects for everyday life, such as sports surfaces, football pitches , acoustic insulation, road furniture, for quiet, safe and long lasting asphalt and much more.

Complete the classroom lesson, freedom for the creativity of the children who they have to make a movie of no more than 2 minutes to send a positive message on the importance of always buying new tires legally and on the proper management of the tires at the end of their life, thus avoiding any potential environmental risk and improving a valuable material such as recycled rubber, with many benefits and possibilities of use.

The entries in the competition – which must arrive by April 22nd – will be judged by a jury of experts, consisting of representatives from the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Ecological Transition, Legambiente and Ecopneus. The winning class will receive an innovative 3 × 3 Tyrefield basketball court as a gift from Ecopneus, of the last generation, made with recycled rubber from End of Life tires.

The competitive videos, selected by the expert jury, will be visible on the Facebook page of Legambiente Scuola Formazione, where you can vote for your favorite video. The film that gets the most “likes” is awarded and the school that made it receives recycled rubber furniture for the school grounds.

“The formation of the new generations on environmental issues today is essential for the creation of a better society tomorrow; – explains Federico Dossena, CEO of Ecopneus – this important training project developed with Legambiente, goes in this direction. Informing, raising awareness and getting involved is like planting a seed and helping children fly in a culture of sustainability, respect for the environment and recycling. To do this, we decided to show young people the benefits that come from the proper management of End of Life tires.

“The ecological transition challenge is now also at the heart of the pedagogical challenge. For our association, the collaboration with the schools and the environment education is a continuous commitment, because we believe in the importance of educating conscious and respectful citizens. In fact, it is often the children who, with their enthusiasm, are speakers of friends and relatives of sustainable lifestyles who are taught in school. – National Vice President Vanessa Pallucchi and Legambiente Lombardia President Barbara Meggetto -. What was once considered waste is a problem, today when managed through the right recycling chain it can become a valuable resource, a second way of life for materials, new objects or, as in the case of tires, help regenerate. socialize and share. “

Since 2013, “For the proper use of end of life tires” has involved more than 10,000 students all of Italy; Lombardy is the tenth region in which the project has landed. In recent years, thematic meetings and events, educational activities and visits to recycling facilities in their own territory have made it possible to show young people the concrete results, to manage a material that gives new life to ecologically sustainable products and ideas such as playgrounds . at Tirefield recycled rubber, competition prize.

To enter your class and participate in the competition, you must register on the website; until April 22nd, it’s time to submit projects. For more information, please send an email to

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