Recycling Guatemala is a project that aims to
develop and improve the waste management system in Almolonga,
a small agricultural village in the western highlands of Guatemala.
The project started April 1st 2002 and will be finished by
The waste collection system in the village is suspected
to have substantial room for improvement. The collection
system consists of domestic garbage containers, transport
units and a collection crew.
The village is currently constructing a treatment plant for
classification of waste and an area for composting of organic
matter. The output of the composting process will be organic
fertilizer / soil improvement products. Within 6 months there
will probably be constructed a landfill for non-re-usable
inorganic waste. There are currently no concrete plans on
how to handle and take advantage of re-usable inorganic matter.
The knowledge on environmental issues, such as contamination,
material biodegradability, deforestation etc, is low.