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.
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.
The recyclingindustry in Panama reported, up to November 2012, more than $75 million in exports of waste products such as aluminum, iron and copper.
"In Panama, up to the end of November 2012, exports of scrap aluminum, iron and copper, among other materials, totaled $75,098,028, according to the Comptroller General of the Republic", noted an article in Panamaamerica.com.pa.
Nicaragua does not recycle its discarded glass, and the little that is collected is exported to three recycling plants in other Central American countries.
Elnuevodiario.com.ni reports that "If there was a glass processing plant in Nicaragua, without a doubt the number of collectors would multiply and their income would improve, but for now the amount of material collected for selling at the three factories operating in Central America, is only 2.457 metric tons per year, the lowest of all countries on the isthmus. "
In the first seven months of the year a total of four thousand metric tons have been exported.
During the opening of the Recycling ExpoConferencia, Ernesto Gil, industry representative noted that currently there are a hundred and fifty registered companies in the country who carry out the tasks of collecting, sorting, packaging and shipping recycled material abroad.
Kimberly Clark has started on the paperwork with the municipality of Cartago for the construction of three mills capable of processing 360 tons of paper per day.
The multinational Kimberly Clark has filed legal documents and technical studies for an ambitious investment project in Cartago, Costa Rica, with a term of 15 years, an area of 417,000 m2 and total investment of about $180 million, according to a document to which ElFinancierocr.com had access.
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