*By: Paula Guerra Can you picture yourself reporting the amount and type of waste found in public spaces, so that cleanup efforts can be undertaken with citizen participation through a mobile application? This concept, which may seem futuristic, already exists in cities where digital technology revolutionized the way we see and manage solid waste. Yet, this innovation is … [Read more...] about Technological innovation in solid waste management: The digital revolution is transforming the way we see and handle our waste
The COVID-19 pandemic has led to an increase in the consumption of single-use plastics, highlighting the need for better reuse and recycling policies for those materials. By: Giulia Carcasci, Marcela Zambrano y Germán Sturzenegger* In recent years, we have all read or heard about how plastic waste has reached every corner of the planet: oceans, glaciers, inside fish, and … [Read more...] about The Plastics Pandemic
This year, my family and I decided to spend the holidays in the Caribbean: we spent our days under the sun walking on fine white sand enjoying the weather and delicious food. Everything was just like a postcard, except for one detail – trash on beaches. Although waste management may seem easy like child’s play, it is actually quite complicated! We are used to watching … [Read more...] about Garbage: As easy as child’s play?
Few weeks ago I was in Georgetown, Washington D.C., reading a newspaper while observing the shoppers walking up and down Wisconsin Ave. In my slightly arrogant “Pro-Europeanism”, and though acknowledging the tremendous developments of the past few years, I am one of those who blame developers and the Government for the wild and often unhealthy gentrification. However, I was … [Read more...] about When in Georgetown…
In January this year the waste-pickers working at the Haags Bosch Sanitary Landfill in Guyana received bicycles to ease their commute to the landfill site. The hand-over took place within the framework of the Georgetown Solid-Waste Management Program financed by the Inter-American Development Bank and implemented by the Ministry of Local Government and Regional … [Read more...] about Cycling for Recycling