Capurganá already has its second recycling station!
Capurganá is a territory of approximately 5000 inhabitants, and its community protects and preserves the ecosystem, however, there are great challenges that prevent good waste management in the territory.
In this opportunity, we were in the territory socializing the 3 steps to live in a clean community.
1. Separate waste at home:
2. Do not burn or bury waste in the forests.
3. Keep the surroundings of the house clean at all times.
We shared with a great artist known as Niño Dios, he created a mola with 625 recycled lids and we were strengthening the practice of making eco-bricks in the territories of Bahía Aguacate and Sapzurro because these even more remote communities have no choice but to burn their waste.
To avoid these burnings, we recommend tourists and inhabitants to make eco-bricks with light plastic, icopor and tetrapack.
We recommend separating the materials that do not fit in the ecoladrillo into sacks and storing them for later collection. In addition, compost organic waste and burn only the sanitary waste from the toilets on each person’s property.
We present these recommendations as more viable habits so that the negative impact is not so strong on the environment, while the governmental entities present the pertinent solutions to the situation.
In our journey, we visited Bahía Aguacate, a neighboring community of the Capurganá territory.
There are only 4 hotels, approximately 50 residents. It is a paradisiacal bay, with turquoise waters, blowhole, and from the beach, you can hear the scarecrow monkeys from the mountain. This community has no recycling system, and many residents have no choice but to burn their waste.
To inaugurate recycling station #2 installed in the territory of Capurganá, the Ecopazifico team joined the community of Bahía Aguacate, where our friends from @salvando.mares, our new allies in the Atlantic, were also present.
Together, we collected almost 200 kilos of #plastic, flip flops, #icopor, and some #glass and #cans. Every plastic fragment we collect is one less animal at risk of dying.
Please when visiting this and any coastal community in Colombia, remember to follow the 3 steps of the ideal tourist:
1. Bring reusable utensils.
2. Help clean the beach.
3. Return home with your waste.
You can find this new station on the way to “Cielo” a path that crosses the neighborhood “15 de mayo” It was manufactured with 600 kilos of post-consumer polypropylene by our friends from the plastic wood factory, @ecoazulco in Cartagena, and was transferred to the territory by our dear @armadacolombia.
If tourists follow in their footsteps and the community as well, we can get used to living with clean habits in our environment.
We hope that all the inhabitants of the neighborhood 15 de mayo and the walkers who are heading towards El cielo separate correctly :
In Capurganá, Jacasep, the cleaning company, collects the cardboard and sells it in the city of Turbo. However, they still have no one to buy their glass.
If you know of companies that want to buy glass from the community of Capurganá, let us know!
Plastic and scrap metal continue to be the easiest materials to recycle in Colombia, but we can’t forget about glass, icopor, and flip-flops that abound in Colombia’s coastal territories.
We thank #Fundacioncocacacola and @cocacolacol for supporting this project.
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