Costa Rica News – In 2000, Costa Rica generated 2,750 metric tons of waste but since then the amount has tripled. In 2014 the figure jumped to 5,735, a statistic brought to us by the Ministry of Health.
Recycling should be more organized, but many communities do have some system for collecting recyclables.
Today, only 15% of recyclables get to collection centers and the rest get mixed with garbage and end up in rivers.
Population growth has added to the amount of garbage produced. Another reason is that the focus in the country has been too much about how to treat waste and not nearly enough about how to reduce the amount of waste we produce.
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