Ayapel garbage-free. Recycling & swamp protection

by Corporacion Para El Desarrollo Integral De La Cienaga Ayapel
Ayapel garbage-free. Recycling & swamp protection
Ayapel garbage-free. Recycling & swamp protection
Ayapel garbage-free. Recycling & swamp protection
Ayapel garbage-free. Recycling & swamp protection
Ayapel garbage-free. Recycling & swamp protection
Ayapel garbage-free. Recycling & swamp protection
Ayapel garbage-free. Recycling & swamp protection
Ayapel garbage-free. Recycling & swamp protection
Ayapel garbage-free. Recycling & swamp protection
Ayapel garbage-free. Recycling & swamp protection
Ayapel garbage-free. Recycling & swamp protection
Ayapel garbage-free. Recycling & swamp protection
Ayapel garbage-free. Recycling & swamp protection
Ayapel garbage-free. Recycling & swamp protection

2021 was a success! We managed to collect 12 tons of recyclable material! We achieved our goal of one ton per month! There are 12 tons of garbage that we managed to prevent from contaminating our swamp. Additionally we started 2022 with all our energy, in January we collected 2 tons of recyclable material!!!  
We continue with our Eco Store as a means for the community to exchange their garbage bottles for clothes, shoes, games or items for their home. 
 
With your donations we buy bottles from recyclers in the area and we also keep our Eco warehouse supplied. 
 
Help us with your donations to continue collecting recyclable material so it doesn’t end up in our beautiful swamp 

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Our Eco store is a success! In this store we sell clothes and household products and the community exchanges with PET bottles, the money doesn't exist.  The community feels identified with this project since they manage to obtain a benefit from their garbage and at the same time they make their town cleaner.  

We serve monthly an average of 140 people in our warehouse. Additionally, we are working with the recyclers in the area to buy them the PET so we are be able to give to the garbage the proper disposal.  
 
This year we have collected 9 tons of recyclable material!!!   All this material is compacted to be sent to the final disposal plants that are 8 hours away by road. If not, this material would end up in the Ayapel swamp, contaminating the water and nature. 

Help us with your donations to continue collecting recyclable material so it doesn’t end up in our beautiful swamp

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During the first 5 months of the year 2021 we have collected 4.7 TON of PET and 0.6 TON of other materials such as cardboard.

This was done thank to a strategy of “exchanges” or exchanges of donations collected by CorpoAyapel, for bottles or recyclable material delivered by the community.

This new approach that began at the end of 2020 has allowed us a more active participation of the community accompanied by a great commitment and a sense of belonging.

In addition to this, CorpoAyapel has carried out several days of Cleaning of public and important areas for the community such as the Parque de la Luz. These days are held with the collaboration of the community.

The money from the sale of PET after compacting it, is reinvested in the community. 

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Ayapel is one of the most important wetlands in Colombia but it is also one of the most threatened and at risk.  

Since 2019, CorpoAyapel has led a PET recycling project and in the last months we explored a totally different approach to recycling and to community engagement, which has proven to be highly successful. 

We started what we called in Spanish a “cambiatón", which means like a community exchange. 

 CorpoAyapel collected donations of clothes, kitchen supplies, sports equipment and other things that are valuable for the community. To each item, we put a price represented in plastic bottles. So for example, a T-Shirt costs 30 plastic bottles, a pair of shoes, 100 plastic bottles.  

The community has supported the collection of plastic bottles, creating cultureawareness about the issue and the same time they support the cleaning the wetland and they obtain products that they needThis initiative, added to others of CorpoAyapel, contributes to the sustainability of the ecosystem and the communities. 

The plastic bottles are compacted by CorpoAyapel's staff in a small plant that we have and then are sold, which help us generate some income for community activities. 

Our goal is to recycleeach month, 1 TON of plastic bottles 

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REPORTE EN ESPAÑOL MÁS ABAJO

The project started by buying, compacting and recycling only PET (plastic bottles) which generates a significant impact to reduce the amount of garbage in the wetland.

Since the beginning of the project, more than 6 tons of PET have been sent to Ekored in Medellín. They are later converted into synthetic micro-fibers to produce clothes.

Additionally, solid waste is purchased from 11 recyclers in the municipality of Ayapel, which boosts the local economy.

As of July, cardboard, plastic bags and aluminum, tetra pack, copper and bronze have also been purchased in order to increase recycling and reduce the impact of waste on the swamp.


Additionally, educational institutions are accompanied in talks on environmental education:
• Carlos Adolfo Urueta National School.
• María Montessori School.
• Our Lady of Rosario Educational Institution (Palotal - Rural).
• El Cedro educational institution. (Rural)

All your contributions are essential to achieve the dream of a garbage-free Ayapel.

ESPAÑOL

El proyecto empezó comprando, compactando y reciclando solo PET (botellas de plástico) lo cual genera un impacto significativo para reducir la cantidad de basura en la ciénaga.

Desde el inicio del proyecto, se han enviado más de 6 toneladas de PET a Ekored en Medellín. Posteriomente, este PET se procesa y se utiliza para crear micro-fibra sintética para confeccionar ropa.

Adicionalmente, se le compran los residuos sólidos a 11 recicladores del municipio de Ayapel lo cual dinamiza la economía local.

A partir de julio se empezó a comprar cartón, bolsas plásticas y también se comprará aluminio, tetra pack, cobre y bronce con el fin de aumentar el reciclaje y disminuir el impacto de los residuos en la ciénaga. 

Adicionalmente, se realiza acompañamiento a instituciones educativas en charlas de educación ambiental:

  • Colegio nacional Carlos Adolfo Urueta.
  • Colegio María Montessori.
  • Institución Educativa nuestra señora del Rosario (Palotal – Rural).
  • Institución educativa el cedro. (Rural)

Todos sus aportes son fundamentales para poder lograr el sueño de un Ayapel libre de basuras.

Education in Schools (pre-Covid)
Education in Schools (pre-Covid)
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Corporacion Para El Desarrollo Integral De La Cienaga Ayapel

Location: Medellin, Ant - Colombia
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Twitter: @Corpoayapel
Project Leader:
Catalina Ochoa
Medellin, Antioquia Colombia
$3,624 raised of $14,000 goal
 
56 donations
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