39013Re: [CostaRicaLiving] Re: Recycling --how about "forced" recycling?
- Jan 1, 2006Yes, the garbage situation here in CR can really be a problem, and
the bigger the problem gets, the more the environment suffers. Where
we live, there is no garbage collection at all. (I don't mean
Puriscal, I mean where our farm is). So we've worked out a system
that works fairly well.
First, we have three large plastic bins with tops that lock on
tightly. They're labeled Metal, Plastic, and Glass. They get loaded
to the top about 4 times a year. Whenever they're full, we take them
to a recycling center in Escazu.
Garbage, that is vegetable and fruit garbage, goes into our big
compost pile every day, which in turn, of course, gets used in our
Other house waste, things like food packaging (with exceptions), food
scraps that we don't put into the compost such as bones, meat, fat,
etc., other pieces of various kinds of paper, and so on, get burned
in a burn barrel every couple of days.
Then there's the stuff that can't be recycled and which is horribly
polluting when burned, such as styrofoam, plastic and metal of all
kinds (that can't be recycled), broken glass, light bulbs, batteries
(ugh), etc. This we bury. We've dug a big hole, one and a half meters
square and three and a half meters deep out of sight of the house, of
course, and in an area we and the horses don't use. All this none
recyclable stuff gets buried there. We haven't filled it up yet in a
year and a half. When we do, we'll dig another hole.
We really attend to this religiously and hope it helps a tiny little
bit in the big picture and in the smaller picture of Costa Rica.
Santiago de Puriscal, Costa Rica
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