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Recycling Effort Launched In Puntarenas Province

April 18, 2008

The canton of Garabito, with its capital in Jacó, on the Pacific coast, has launched a recycling program.

Garabito Solid Waste Director Roberto Ramírez said the program is necessary because the canton’s only landfill in Pueblo Nuevo is almost full.

“We normally receive about 25 to 30 tons a month,” he said. “But now we’re receiving about 40 tons. Three of four trenches are almost full.”

Ramírez said the landfill has the capacity for only four trenches.When it fills, the canton will have to contract its waste to be delivered to landfills in other parts of the country.

Materials accepted include white paper, cardboard, all colors of glass, aluminum cans, books, high-density polystyrene, PVC, and plastics #1 and #3.

Recyclables can be delivered to the landfill in Pueblo Nuevo next to El Puente Las Monas or they can be placed in the recycling containers in front of the municipal headquarters in Jacó.

Ramírez asked that recyclables be separated and delivered in transparent bags, such as those used by some supermarkets.

The director said numerous companies, including Coca-Cola, are planning to buy the materials and recycle them into usable products.

For questions about the program, call landfill officials at 2643-3087.

 

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