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Atenas: from burning trash to environmental awareness

The canton of Atenas is known as the home of “the best climate in the world”—thanks to a 1968 article in National Geographic—and as...

Why not this? Converting plastic to fuel

Costa Rica is taking significant steps to reduce single-use plastics—but plastic waste is not going to be eliminated anytime soon. In the meantime, what...

I built a recycling center at my hotel. Others should do it, too

When I moved to rural Costa Rica 2007, all the neighbors burned their rubbish. There was no municipal waste collection scheme. People would dump...

Why not this? Composting in Costa Rica

What would it take for more people to take up composting in Costa Rica? Where else in the world is this practice being implemented...

Can better tourism choices help rural Costa Rica avoid environmental degradation?

There is a theory related to economic growth and the environment called the Environmental Kuznets Curve. This theory suggests that as a region begins...

Plastic recycling in Costa Rica

“All plastics are recyclable. That is the real answer. We’ve just made products in ways that prevent them from being recycled," says Carlos Fonseca,...

What gets recycled in Costa Rica?

Perhaps your home or business belongs to the 84.2% with access to differentiated municipal waste collection in Costa Rica. If so, then you periodically...

How to dispose of medications in Costa Rica—and why it’s so important to do it right

We all know that we can and should take care when disposing of recyclable materials such as cardboard, paper, glass, and certain plastics—or hazardous...

How many Costa Ricans participate in recycling?

The short and well-known answer is: very little. Alarms have been sounding in Costa Rica this year about how our landfills are about to collapse,...

The ecoins program: six years of learning and new challenges

The ecoins program emerged in 2018 with the goal of offering a solution to a real need: the comprehensive management of solid waste. On...
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