Recycling is Up and Coming in Central America

The recycling industry grows in the region as a way to save costs, create jobs and protect the environment.

Friday, November 26, 2010

"Nicaragua has exported until October of this year about 40 million Dollars in recyclable material, primarily iron, while in 2009 it exported 24 million Dollars," stated as evidence of the sector´s growth Carlos Marin, president of the Recycling Association of that country.

In Guatemala there are reports of a similar situation: Raul Bonilla, from the firm Friends of Nature, said that in 2006 they collected 96 tons of recyclables, while between January and October 2010 they collected 1,250 tons.

The waste exchange between companies is an activity in itself, as evidenced by the Market Industrial Wastes and Byproducts, which operates in Costa Rica since 2004. This entity uses electronic means to sell between 100 and 120 tons of garbage per semester.

More recently, in August 2009, the Industrial Waste Exchange of Central America and the Caribbean was created, comprising Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. It operates similarly to its counterpart in Costa Rica and during the first 10 months of operation it sold 8 tons of waste, says

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