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Lack of recycling infrastructure in underdeveloped countries

I live in Venezuela, here trash is only classified in one category, trash. Anything we throw away (paper, plastic, metal, organic materials and even electronic waste) is taken to be acummulated, burnt or buried.

What can we, people that want to help the planet in countries with this situation can do to recycle our waste?

Is there an organization, company, etc. in Venezuela that actually takes care of this?, how to reach it?

What can WWF do to adress this program?
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  • Mim (Official Rep) July 19, 2011 12:49
    Hi Alberto,
    Thanks for your question - a big one.
    WWF has a partner organisation in Venezuela, who may be able to provide further information on the ground :

    Another option is to contact your local government/authority and start asking how these reforms can be implemented. You could also talk to local schools and universities and see if they would be interested in taking part in a recycling project. If enough people want to make a change, then mighty things can happen.

    Let us know how it goes - and good luck!

    All the best,
    Mim Osterberg
    WWF International
    Global Response Team
    • Thanks for your answer, i made a little investigation and found out there are recycling "igloos" (huge bins) in malls and schools as well as in some parks and recreation sites around Caracas, sad thing is it's only in a part of the city and not all the country.

      I hope that in a near future Venezuela will have a working recycling system like the one in USA.

      Thanks for everything, from now on i'll start taking recycling all i can and tell my family and friends to do so too.
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