Report on Recycling in the South Caribbean

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    The Association Biological Corridor of Talamanca and the Caribbean (ACBTC) has joined with the Recycling Association of the Caribbean (ReciCaribe) to form an alliance to deal with recycling and solid waste in Talamanca.

    The Recycling Alliance has expanded the types of solid waste that it is collecting on the Caribbean Coast. Nearly everything can now be recycled. Recycle for a safer community and environment!

    The following clean and separated items are now accepted:

    • Glass bottles (topless)
    • Aluminum and clean metal cans
    • Plastic Bottles Pet (#1)
    • and all other plastics; separated and CLEAN: jugs, food containers, bags from the super markets, bags from food including coffee, powered milk, cookie and potato chip wrappers even!
    • Tetrapak! AKA Wine boxes or juice boxes
    • Cardboard, dry, separated, and broken down
    • Office paper, dry separated packed in plastic bags
    • Newspaper and magazines! Dry and separated
    • Car batteries
    • Used cooking oil

    Collection Schedule:

    Mondays: From Cahuita to Hone Creek
    Tuesdays: From Manzanillo to Rockin’ J’s on the edge of Puerto Viejo
    Wednesdays: Puerto Viejo to Black Beach
    Thursdays: Collections from Banana Farms
    Fridays: 1st and 3rd of the month: BriBri
    2nd of the month: Gandoca
    4th:of the month: to the Indigenous Territory including
    Volio, Rancho Grande, Shiroles, Suretka, Bambu, Chase

    Businesses and individuals can bring their recyclable materials to the Solid Waste Transfer Center in Patiño any time. The Center is open during normal business hours.

    The Recycling Alliance is sponsoring an event on Saturday, the 31st of July at the Super Hone Creek starting at 9AM. The event is the first of several called Talamanca Reciclando por la Vida or Talamanca Recycling for Life. It’s a grand opening of a community recycling deposit at the Super in Hone Creek. There will be music and information. Bring in your clean, separated recyclables and learn more about what’s going in with recycling in Talamanca.

    Due to the new Integrated Waste Management Bill passed in Costa Rica in May, 2010, separation of solid waste is required for households as well as businesses. The Recycling Alliance encourages other communities and community members to create their own community recycling points or “Puntos Verdes”.
    Contact Juan Carlos Barrantes Barrantes at the Biological Corridor in Hone Creek
    2756 8033 or 8319 2573.

    The recycling Alliance along with the municipal government, the ministry of Health , the Ministry of Education, the Tourism Boards, the Indigenous Territories, The Distance Learning University, and about 20 other groups have formed a commission to deal with solid waste in Talamanca. They meet about every two weeks. They are evaluating the wastes produced here, evaluating the monthly fee for solid waste processing, seeking solutions to problems, evaluating how to develop a sanitary landfill and are preparing environmental education workshops around this theme.

    The Alliance is working with 4th and 5th graders in a few schools in Talamanca on solid waste management education.

    The Biological Corridor shares some statistics of how many materials they are collecting in one month the Recycling Alliance has collected:

    2, 662 kilos of plastic bottles (Pet or #1)
    At about 27 bottles per kilo
    That’s about 72,000 bottles getting recycled! And not sent to our landfills or in the sea.

    About 35,000 aluminum cans each month
    about 8 tons of glass
    about 5 tons of plastics from the small family farms growing bananas.
    About 1ton of metal cans

    Article submitted by:
    Alaine Berg
    [email protected]

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