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San Isidro launches composting campaign

Sunflower June 13, 2017 - Last Update: June 13, 2017
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The municipality of San Isidro in Lima launches a composting pilot project collecting organic waste and transforming it into valuable compost; photo: Municipality San Isidro

For years the different municipalities of Lima encourage their citizens to recycle glass, paper, plastics, metals and tetra pak packages by placing recycling containers throughout the districts and distributing free garbage bags for recyclable materials that are picked up weekly.

San Isidro now goes even a step further. The municipality launches a composting pilot project collecting organic waste and transforming it into valuable compost.

In the first stage 200 households participate in the campaign. They all receive a special recycling kit with a storage device of 6 l in which they can throw all organic household waste such as vegetable and fruit peels, eggshells, coffee grounds, tea bags, and bread.

Once a week the organic waste – the municipality expects about 4 t per month- is picked up and brought to a processing plant within the district, where it’s composted. The compost then is used to fertilize San Isidro’s various parks and green areas.

Hopefully this great idea is successful and spreads across the city.

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