Talamanca Recycling for Life

Solid Waste Management

camionStarting in July 2009, the CBTC started a strategic alliance with ReciCaribe, given that, the CBTC assumes the responsibility for collection, classification and commercialization of the solid waste of Talamanca, and that ReciCaribe, ceded in the form of a loan, the Recycling Storage Center and necessary work equipment. The alliance occurred to put in place a strategy that permits the expansion of communities where they can offer their services; increase the volume of the recuperated recycled materials; to promote alternative uses for the integral management of solid waste as well as the integration of different social sectors and demographics (young people, children, women) in its management, to give them added value and increase their commercialization.

The process developed in coordination with ReciCaribe, with the desire of expanding the efforts to extend to the community level, local business, local government and public institutions.

¿WHAT DO WE RECYCLE?

The correct form to prepare the materials for collection:

  • Glass must be washed and dried. If it is broken it must be delivered, wrapped in paper to avoid accidents. Mirrors, regular nor fluorescent light bulbs are NOT accepted because they are not recyclable.

  • Plastic material must be washed, dried and flattened.

  • Aluminum soda and beer cans, must be washed and dried.

  • Milk and juice cartons (otherwise known as tetra-brik or tetra-pak) must be washed, dried and flattened.

  • Paper and cardboard need to be dry, they will not be received if they are wet or crumpled.

  • Disposible plates and cups are received only when they are clean, without organic residues.

  • Additionally, we recycle cans (tuna, tomato sauce, sweet corn, etc.) and scrap metal/materials (old refrigerators, bicycles, fans, batteries of all kinds, electronic waste, etc.).

  • Plastic supermarket bags are received, only when they are clean.

WE DO NOT RECYCLE

 

  • Organic waste (these can be delivered to the Asociación de Campesinos Productores Orgánicos - ACAPRO - (Organic Producers Farmers' Association) located in Punta Riel)

  • Disposable diapers

  • Styrofoam

  • And others that are very dirty and will not be received by companies who are transferred the material.

 

 

OUR COLLECTION ROUTES
ROUTE 1ROUTE 2ROUTE 
 3
ROUTE 4ROUTE 5
Monday 
Cahuita - Hone Creek - Bribri
Tuesday
Pick-up of banana plantation plastic in the Indigenous Territory and Sixaola Valley
Wednesday 
Manzanillo - Puerto Viejo until Playa Negra
Thursday 
These days are optional for pick-up in different locations based on demand
Friday
In general there is no pick-up on this day; all workers are dedicated to work in the recycling center

INTEGRAL SOLID WASTE MANAGMENT PROJECT FOR LOCAL AREA BUSINESSES

¿What is the project?

The project consists in fixing a monthly differential rate for owners of local companies, hotels, cabins restaurants, grocery stores and supermarket for the collection of material, because they are the businesses with the highest quantify of recyclable material. This money will contribute to offset the ,transport, water, telephone ,electricity, local equipment maintenance and contracting of staff required to work in the process of collecting, storing, sales of material and future projects Given this there are three fee levels in accordance with the type of business:

  • Hotels and Cabins
       Fee 1: more than 10 rooms: ¢15.000  (fifteen thousand colones)
       Fee 2: between five and ten rooms: ¢10.000 (ten thousand colones)
       Fee 3: less than 5 rooms: ¢ 5.000 (five thousand colones)
  • Sodas, bars and restaurants
       Tarifa 1: more than 50 seats: ¢15.000 (fifteen thousand colones)
       Tarifa 2: from 25 to 50 seats: ¢10.000 (ten thousand colones)
       Tarifa 3: less than 25 seats: ¢5.000 (five thousand colones)
       Tarifa 4: sodas y bars: ¢5.000 (five thousand colones)
  • Others
       Pulperías (small grocery stores): ¢5.000 (five thousand colones)
       Supermakets: ¢10.000 (10 thousand colones)

The profit generated will be reinvested in infrastructure projects, education and awareness in communities and expansion of the collection service. For any information about the money raised for this project, you can ask for a monthly report from the Asociación Corredor Biológico (Biological Corridor Asssociation) corrbiol@racsa.co.cr

REQUISITES TO BECOME A PART OF THE PROJECT

  1. Pay monthly the quota in according to the established rate. 
       Forms of Payment
       - Electronic transfer or bank deposit: Banco Nacional de Costa Rica, Account in colones: 100-01-001-005008-7
       - ATEC; Casa Viva, Punta Uva (Jeanne Waller)
  2. Prepare the material to be collected in the form mentioned earlier, in the form of presentation of recyclable material. It will be considered a possibility to suspend service after the third violation. Remember that dirty material goes to the municipal waste dump.
  3. Paymente due date: the 30th of every month.

 

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