So far in 2016 exports of scrap metal, cardboard, glass, iron and other materials to be used for recycling, amounted to nearly $20 million, while in 2015 $24 million worth was exported.
Although it is an export sector that is growing in the country, businessmen linked to the sector believe that much of this waste being exported for recycling in other countries could be treated in Nicaragua and could generate additional revenue.
In 2015 the countries of the region exported $1000 million worth of plastic and plastic products, led by Costa Rica and El Salvador, with $354 million and $337 million respectively.
MarketDataon Plastics and Plastic Products in Central America,compiled by the Business Intelligence Unit at CentralAmericaData.com, shows that in 2015 the countries of the region exported 480 thousand tons ofplastics and articles made of plastic, with a total value of $1056 million.
The plant must still obtain an environmental license, explained the representative of the concessionaire, Andres Fernandez. The plant will process disposable plastic to generate up to 100 barrels of diesel per day.
A year into its tenure, the government of Costa Rica has announced the formation of a joint committee to study a national plan for recycling and recovery of waste.
In another grim example of the difficulties faced by rulers in Costa Rica to make executive decisions on public works, existing plans - which are currently on hold, and will probably disappear - for investment in the waste management and recycling sector, including generating power from them, due to the fact that the current government has decided to start from scratch with the formation of a committee to "develop strategies" on the topic. As if there were not already enough information on his issue, and as if the respective participants and those responsible had not expressed themselves sufficiently in this respect. It is the same case with the commission on energy introduced by this government.
The absence of a long-term waste management policy is preventing the ability to take advantage of a sector which could generate significant business opportunities.
An Editorial on Nacion.com notes that "...The reasons for this lethargy, in the face of a problem that is about to overwhelm us and could be an important source of income, range from financing to lack of technological alternatives. The main stakeholders and environmental experts agree that this is a national issue, not exclusively a local one."
Experts from the National Polytechnic Institute of Mexico (IPN) have created a flour made from plantain, which can be used to produce biodegradable plastic products with high capacity. The proposal is to use the part of the harvest which is not intended to be used for food, usually decomposed or surplus due to the fact that this fruit matures quickly.
Between January and May, recycled plastic exports generated revenues of $2.2 million.
Jalil de Leon, executive director of the union of plastics companies attached to the Chamber of Industry of Guatemala (CIG), said that the domestic industry is also taking advantage of this market, a sector which reported growth of 12% in terms of the volume of what is recycled and transformed. "Because of the interest shown in the industry, new businesses have also opened up in order to engage in the activity. We can say that so far this year, 5% more companies have been reported," he added.
Reciclados de Centroamérica, a company which is part of Grupo Cervecería Centro Americana, opened its recycling plant yesterday in the town of Pueblo Nuevo Viñas, Santa Rosa.
The objective of this project is to turn disposable plastic bottles into raw material for the production of more PET bottles and containers made of this material. The plant is expected to produce 25 tons a day of resin which is useful for the local market.
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