Environmental and visual pollution, caused by poor disposal of solid waste, is a big problem in Ayapel, where Colombia's second most important wetland is located. There is no recycling culture and its inhabitants don't know the environmental and economic benefits that these resources could bring. We are promoting an initiative to develop a social, economic and environmental model created to take advantage of solid waste and to prevent further degrading of the swamp which affects public health.
In Ayapel solid waste collection takes place only in the urban area. In rural areas there is no cleaning service and garbage is either dumped in the swamp, incinerated or buried. The biggest challenge of this project is to educate and raise awareness among the population about the importance of recycling and the appropriate use of solid waste to protect their health, their environmental wealth and to generate economic income from the collection and transformation of this waste.
With your help, we will strengthen the capabilities of Ayapel communities to implement a solid waste management plan that prevents environmental and visual pollution of the municipality and, and the same time, generates economic revenues that are reinvested in environmental education and protection of Ayapel's Swamp.
The project will develop a model that will take advantage of solid waste and install a plant for the recollection of 3 tons of PET, plastic and cardboard. In addition, we will strengthen and formalize 5 recycler units and sensitize 3,000 children and adolescents in educational institution. Also, 800 households will be educated on issues related to the importance and benefits of the environmental and social impact of the use of solid waste.