Antigua’s First Recycling Program

Antigua's First Recycling Program

A few weeks ago I introduced you to the recycling truck of La Antigua Guatemala and hi-lighted the fact that it runs on biodiesel which is obtained by processing the restaurants’ burnt oil and other liquid fats and how it is used for the recycling program as well. Here’s, once again, my friend Kara Andrade explaining the first recycling program of La Antigua Guatemala.

This is what Kara Andrade had this to say about recycling in La Antigua Guatemala:

For weeks I’ve been asking different people about recycling centers, pickup services, anything to stop the madness of the trash we’ve been generating in our house for the past two months. Everyone’s says “Oh yeah, La Antigua recycles.” or “Have you tried that place in Ciudad Vieja?” “The capital has a few places, go there.” All so vague and unhelpful that it made me question whether  it was sheer urban legend.

… I looked in the yellow pages, I tweeted, I asked other “greensters,” but nothing satiated my need for convenience, conservation and practicality.  So I spent a few hours on Facebook looking for Facebook groups with the keyword “Guatemala” in them and poured through 500 pages until I found these folks:

Guatemala Green: How it Works

We called and spoke to Pedro Morales  Tel: 5104 8447 (there’s also an English speaker – Becky Harris (English Speaking)  Tel: 5778 4009) and scheduled a regular pick-up from our home on Tuesdays. We neede  to improve our sorting/storing methodology, per their requirements, but an hour of sorting, washing out and rearranging everything did the trick. We got some neighbors in on it and they brought their recyclables over. (Continue reading… It’s worth every penny)

Colaborando con el Ambiente Recycling Burnt Oil in Antigua Guatemala

Guatemalan Video Aside: You know I’m always looking for Guatemalan music and videos to share with you and to promote what’s being done here. I was made aware of the video “Son de la armonía” by Razones de Cambio by @ykro who in Twitter said this: “No sé pero algo tiene esta canción… que me hace sentirme más orgulloso de ser guatemalateco 🙂 «I don’t know, but there’s something about this song… which makes me feel more proud of being Guatemalan»”.

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  • Gene Budinger

    Before you all get your green shorts twisted up, check out Camino Segura, an NGO working with families in the dump. They can provide all the details but they claim we have a higher recycle rate here than in the States and without all the different bins. It’s due mainly to all the hand sorting of the trash at the dump. They have a web site and you can find a link to it and many other NGO’S (non government organizations)at: http://www.laantiguaguatemala.net