The vegetables from Almolonga are exported in
large scale to Honduras, El Salvador and parts of Mexico.
All the loading and dealing takes place at the market square
in the centre of the town, alongside with the consumer small-scale
vendors. This causes chaos of roaming trucks and screaming
merchants nearly every day.
To solve this problem and to make the centre
market more consumer oriented, the municipality are about
to construct a special terminal for vegetable loading and
wholesale agricultural business.
The construction is to be build where the actual
landfill is located, as the waste will shortly be moved to
the new treatment plant. The construction of the terminal
will free significant space in the centre market hall, which
is now used mostly for storage of vegetables. This again permits
us to use this space when designing the collection
The Recycling Guatemala team have little to do with the construction
of the terminal itself, but since I work in the village, my
friend the mayor wanted me to found the first stone with him.
So I did.
First of all, the mayor saturated the soil with the blood
of God, ecstatically assisted by the 3 most influential priests
in the village. Secondly, they blessed the scale model of
the terminal. There were speeches by the departmental governor,
a couple of engineers involved, a few priests, members of
the municipal council and, again, ingeniero Frederik Hansen.
Finally we placed the first stone, well founded with a more
than adequate amount of concrete. According to plans, the
terminal will be finished within 2003.