Your Sunêlia Le Malazéou campsite is committed to protecting the planet!

Waste management:

We provide all the necessary facilities for selective sorting and recycling (selective sorting waste bins in our rental properties, bio-buckets for compost available from reception). The bin area at the entrance to the campsite has various recycling containers as well as a composter.

A container for used batteries is located in the reception area and we collect plastic bottle tops in aid of an association for people with disabilities (information available at reception).

We collect used ink and toner cartridges so they can be recycled rather than thrown away.

We help recycle our used, disposable mattress protectors which we collect for local AMAP organisations (network to help small-scale organic farmers) who use them as protective covers for plants in winter.

Ariège’s plant life

Certain flowers are very rare or facing extinction!

Which is why many of them are now protected.

So don’t pick flowers unless you know the variety, particularly if it’s a single flower or it doesn’t seem very widespread.

Without realising it, you can endanger the existence of a species.

What’s more, a flower quickly fades once picked. Better to take a photo; their beautiful colours can be enjoyed much longer that way!

Composting

Since July 2014, visitors to our 4 star Ariège campsite have been able to compost their organic waste, should they wish to do so.

The aim is to reduce our waste.

People should be aware that the weight of waste collected in Ax-les-Thermes valley doubles during the summer period and increases by 50% in the winter!

Our campsite can accommodate a large number of visitors and so the amount of waste generated during the holiday period is quite significant. Composting helps divert a significant amount of this waste from landfill.

When you next come to visit, remember to ask for your “bio-bucket” at reception so you can also join in our recycling operation.

Conserving resources and energy:

All our accommodation is equipped with water pressure reducing valves and spray taps. Alll our washblocks are fitted with Presto time flow taps. We take a water metre reading every morning to check there are no leaks and help conserve this valuable resource as best we can.

We use low energy light bulbs for all indoor and outdoor lighting. We try to encourage responsible use of electricity and heating by taking Edf meter readings at the start and end of each rental period.

Cleaning products used by our Ariège campsite cleaning team are environmentally friendly. In addition, we avoid using herbicides and pesticides.

Awareness raising:

We educate our employees about selective waste sorting, water consumption in the workplace, electricity consumption, and the use of different motorised vehicles to avoid wasting energy.

We educate our customers using numerous posters to encourage them to adopt eco-friendly habits such as waste sorting and sensible use of washing machines, tumble dryers etc.

We provide those customers who are interested with information about composting, issuing bio-buckets for collecting biodegradable waste, as well as a explanatory guide setting out the benefits and challenges of composting.

So join forces with us because we don’t inherit the earth from our ancestors but borrow it from our children!

Wildlife in the Ariège Region

If you go for a walk in the mountains, you might be lucky enough to come across one of these animals:

Brown bears have been living in the Pyrenees for 250,000 years. There are currently around thirty bears living in the Pyrenees, which is really not sufficient. A threshold of at least 50 bears is needed to achieve population viability. Brown bears are opportunistic omnivores. They eat whatever they can find, as they move around. They are 70% vegetarian. If you come across a bear, it’s important that you keep calm and don’t try to frighten it; provide the bear with an escape route by moving away slowly without running.

The Pyrenean chamois is a goat antelope that lives above the tree line, in areas of grassland and rocky scree. In winter, they come down to the forests or slopes where there is less snow. They tend to live in groups (herds) and are mostly found at altitudes of between 800 m and 2 300 m. The basic social unit consists of the mother and her kid. The adult males are solitary. They are herbivores and feed on herbaceous plants, young shoots and, in winter, buds, conifer needles, dry plants and lichen. In the 1950s, they faced extinction, but have thrived in the protected environment of the Parc National des Pyrénées. Today, there are more than 5,000 Pyrenean chamois, scattered throughout the national park.

The bearded vulture is a bird of prey with a wingspan of 260-300 cm and weighs between 3-6.5 kg. It nests in high mountainous regions, at altitudes of between 700 m and 2,300 m, preferably on cliffs or rocky outcrops. The bearded vulture is completely harmless and helps dispose of carcasses left on the mountains. 80% of its diet consists of the bones, legs, tendons and ligaments of Pyrenean chamois and sheep that it manages to ingest thanks to its highly elastic gullet. It uses a very special technique to break bones: it uses its claws to carry the bones which it then drops on to rocky scree below. It repeats this process as many times as necessary.  Hence its nickname: “bone crusher.”