Markets for Recycling: Waste Management in the Transportation Sector

Population growth coupled with increasing consumerism are factors that have negative impacts on the environment, such as the increased generation of non-recycled solid waste and the growing contamination of bodies of water, soil and air. A linear economy, based on exploiting, making and discarding, wastes natural resources and generates great economic losses.

Based on the experience of the Ecovecindarios (Eco-neighborhoods) project, in 2019 the Markets 4 Recycling project was started under a Circular Economy approach with the aim of strengthening the ecosystem of green businesses in Bolivia, in the municipalities of La Paz, El Alto, Cochabamba and Santa Cruz. The project applies Swisscontact's market systems development approach and is based on work in waste value chains.

Departamento de La Paz, Bolivia
Departamento de Cochabamba, Bolivia 
Departamento de Santa Cruz, Bolivia 
Project duration
2019 - 2024

The project

Markets 4 Recycling supports the recycling and solid waste management in Bolivia, focusing on the existing potential of working with waste in a systemic and viable way, thus creating benefits in the economic, social and environmental realms, and all along the waste value chain. The project seeks to strengthen the green business ecosystem and create awareness in waste generators, producers and importers on how to manage special and hazardous waste and of their responsibility in waste management post consumption. The project also seeks to support the commercial development of green businesses, implementing models that allow their growth and sustainability.

As a result, business opportunities will be launched to use resources efficiently and to help waste become a new source of income. Green businesses will increase their income and generate jobs, reducing the environmental impact and contributing to the mitigation of climate change.

The Markets 4 Recycling project considers green businesses as those that offer environmental products or services in the areas of recycling, water, energy, urban mobility or other environmental sectors. In the first stage, we will work with green businesses in the sector of solid waste generated by transport, specifically with scrap metal, tires and discarded batteries.

Intervention Model (GB = Green Businesses):


  • Awareness and collection: Create awareness among all actors along the value chain about the problems of inadequate management of the three types of waste. People in general, companies as well as public and private institutions assume their responsibilities as waste generators and participate in the collection systems that will be implemented for different types of waste.
  • Green businesses development: Support the strengthening of the green businesses ecosystems to generate circular supply chains. Together with local actors, services for training, promotion, technology, financial, research and innovation, will be made available so that green businesses can be competitive and sustainable in the long term.
  • Public policies: Implement policies that, based on the concept of circular economies, support and make green businesses visible; also apply the Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) to different types of waste.

Impact indicators 

  • Increase in the profit margins of green businesses.
  • Number of jobs that improve the quality of work in green businesses.
  • Number of new jobs generated in green businesses.
  • Reduced amount of CO2


In 2019 and 2020 the project implemented and achieved the following results:

  • 1 regulation for Extended Producer Responsibility and 1 regulation for operational management regulation for the three types of waste elaborated.
  • 38 companies and institutions separate and deliver their waste to Green businesses or collection points.
  • 223 vehicle users separate and deliver their waste to green businesses or collection points.
  • 7 green businesses recollect and recycle waste from the transport sector.
  • 6 Business Development Providers, Universities and Platforms offer training, technical assistance and advisory services to green Business
  • 220 tons of waste from the transport sector (tyres, batteries and scrap metal) recycled and 350 tons of CO₂ reduced.

Financing partners

This project is financed by Republique Canton de Genève, among other donors. It is part of the Swisscontact Development Programme, which is co-financed by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), Federal Department of Foreign Affairs FDFA. 


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