In countries such as Bolivia, where low salaries and high unemployment mean that more and more families have to find a way to survive, recycling offers the potential of an economic olive branch. Eco-Communities is a project that provides to earn a living while implementing well structured waste collection and recycling system.
Bolivia generates approximately 5'000 tons of solid waste per day, 87% of which in urban areas. This daily amount of rubbish is one of the major problems in the growing urban centers.
Yet the economic potential of recycable waste materials is high. Furthermore, the quantity of waste in landfill sites could be reduced by more than half if organic and recyclable material was separated consequently from residual waste. Based on a broad citizen participation the project launches in coordination with municipal authorities a fundamental system change.
The project Eco-Communities develops and implements:
Results to 2014:
2017 - 2020
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