Help 2 million people recycle at the EcoRomeria

$1,135 $3,865
Raised Remaining


Costa Rica's largest public event, a yearly pilgrimage to the city Cartago known as La Romeria, attracts over 2 million people in early August. This event produces an estimated 100 tons of garbage in just two days. Through this project, EARTH University will assist local municipalities in combating waste by placing 67 reusable recycling bins along the route and running an educational media campaign in the weeks leading up to this "green" EcoRomeria.

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

Each year, millions of people converge upon a route from San Jose, Costa Rica, to Cartago, Costa Rica, for a religious pilgrimage. The impact on Costa Rica's fragile environment is severe, as over 100 tons of waste are discarded along the route, with no way to stop pollution of the area's rainforests and rivers.

How will this project solve this problem?

EARTH University will work with local municipalities along the route to place 67 reusable recycling bins and to launch an educational publicity campaign surrounding this "EcoRomeria." Recycling bins will be placed every 400 meters to allow for ease of use by the participants. With approximately 85% of the participants making the trek from San Jose to Cartago over the course of one day, August 1, the bins' impact on waste management will be seen immediately.

Potential Long Term Impact

Though the EcoRomeria will take place over the course of one day, the impact will be far-reaching as waste is collected and diverted from polluting farm lands, rainforests, and rivers in one of the most biologically diverse countries in the world. During the EcoRomeria, over two million people will learn the benefits of recycling, and each of the 67 recycling bins will be retained for use at future large scale events.

Funding Information

Total Funding Received to Date: $1,135

Funding Information

This project is now in implementation and no longer available for funding. Received funds will be used to accomplish concrete objectives as indicated in the project's "Activities" section. Updates will be posted under the "Project Report" tab as they become available.

Donors' contributions and pledges to this project totaled $1,135 .  The original project funding goal was $5,000.


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Combined with other sources of funding, this project raised enough money to fund the outlined activities and is no longer accepting donations.

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Project Leader

Michelle Hamner

Atlanta, Georgia United States

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