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Recycling More Products In the South Caribbean!

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Posted by: Alaine

Report on Recycling in the South Caribbean

The ACBTC-Associaiton Biological Corridor of Talamanca and the Caribbean-has joined with ReciCaribe-the Recycling Association of the Caribbean-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,gallons, food containers, bags from the super markets,

  • Tetrapak! AKA Wine boxes or juice boxes and that metal-plastic bags examples: bags from  coffee, powered milk, cookie and potato chip wrappers if they are that shiny metal!

  • Cardboard, dry, separated, and broken down

  • Office paper, dry separated packed in plastic bags, remove staples please

  • Newspaper and magazines! Dry and separated

  • Car batteries

  • Used cooking oil

Collection Schedule:

Mondays: From Cahuita to Hone Creek

Tuesdays: From Manzanillo to Rockin' Jay'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 (see article below...) The Recycling Alliance encourages other communities and community members to create their own community recycling points or "Puntos Verdes."

Contact Juan Carlos or Karla at the Biological Corridor in Hone Creek

2756 8033 - 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 half a ton of metal cans


La Alianza para Reciclaje-que es El Corredor Biológico Talamanca Caribe y Recicaribe--le invitan a unirse a la campaña Talamanca ReciClando por la ViDa. Esta campaña se realizará el sábado 31 de julio a partir de las 9 de la mañana, estaremos ubicados en el súper de Hone Creek (donde "Negro").

Recibiremos los siguientes materiales:

  • Vidrio: todas las botellas de vidrio y los vasos, sin importar color ni tamaño. Si vienen quebrados se deben envolver en periódico y en una bolsa aparte.
  • Envases plásticos: galones (de cloro, desinfectante, refrescos, agua, entre otros), botellas plásticas, sillas quebradas, envases de helados, pichingas.
  • Aluminio: envases de refrescos, jugos y cervezas. Enviar en una bolsa aparte.
  • Metal: envases de atún, maíz dulce, hongos, pinturas y todas las latas de conservas.
  • Plástico -Aluminio: empaques de galletas, café, picaritas, meneítos, bravos, confites, cartones de leche y jugos

(Tetrabrick) y toda clase de envolturas.

  • Bolsas plásticas: se reciben todo tipo de bolsas plásticas.
  • Papel y cartón: hojas de papel banco, periódicos, cajas de cartón. Separados del resto de materiales

Mayor información: 2756-8033/ 2756 8136



and did you read this article in the Tico Times online on the 27 of May, 2010?

New recycling law passes unanimously

By Mike McDonald
Tico Times Staff |

Nearly two years after receiving unanimous approval from the Legislative Assembly's Special Environment Commission, The Integrated Waste Management Bill (GIR) became law on Tuesday through a vote of 51 to zero.

The new law directs funds and resources to the Health Ministry and the Ministry of Education to help promote waste management and to launch public education campaigns. It mandates that municipalities create waste management plans and penalizes citizens, companies and local governments that litter.

Sanctions range from fines to up to 15 years in prison, although jail time is reserved for serious offenses, such as deliberately contaminating a river.

Under the new law, companies that produce hazardous waste must sign contracts with treatment facilities that safely dispose of products' harmful leftovers.

A commission of representatives from the Institute for Municipal Development, The Health Ministry and the Ministry of Environment, Energy and Telecommunications will be in charge of enforcing the new law.

Costa Rica produces 11,000 metric tons of solid waste every day. Roughly 30 percent of that trash ends up in streets, rivers and vacant lots, the introduction to the new law estimates.

Since 1991, when the Costa Rican government declared a national emergency over the problem of trash disposal, 15 different bills have been presented to the legislative assembly in an attempt to solve the dilemma. None of them had passed until Tuesday.

Nydia Rodríguez, director of the recycling group Terra Nostra, said the approval of the new waste manage law is an important step to a cleaner future in Costa Rica.

"This law legally regulates the responsible management of waste throughout the whole country," Rodríguez said in a press release. "It involves the participation and the responsibility of all the actors that make up the Costa Rican population...and makes crucial the role of local governments in their communities."


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