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.
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):