"Recuperando Vida" works to solve public health problems associated with the absence of waste collection services in Comuna 8, where 37,000 people inhabit streets piled high with garbage. Waste in the streets attracts vermin and is a hazard to informal recyclers who don't wear proper protective gear. We seek to strengthen the pre-existing waste collection and recycling services by employing 10 new recyclers and creating a business model that allows waste collectors to expand their reach.
There are 137,000 residents of Comuna 8 in Medellin who are not served by any waste management service. Heaps of trash lay in the streets, creating a public health hazard due to the increase in vermin, stray dogs, and physical hazards that impede travel by car and foot and result in accidents. There are also many informal recyclers who expose themselves to dangerous materials by not wearing proper protective gear. We will employ these recyclers and clean up the community for all to enjoy.
"Recuperando Vida" (recovering lives) will employ informal recyclers, providing them with proper protective equipment and a stable income. Through this larger labor force and our assistance designing a business plan, waste management service and environmental organization, Campo Santo, will be able to expand to meet the waste collection needs of the community. Through this community partnership and more we will promote recycling and environmentalism to the general public and in schools.
"Recuperando Vida" will provide a stable income to previously informally-employed recyclers, allowing them to invest in their futures and those of their families. The improved waste management system of Comuna 8 will augment the sense of community togetherness and pride among its 137,000 residents. The new tone of environmentalism displayed throughout the community via our educational efforts will prevent further environmental degradation and preserve project sustainability into the future.