We work for the environment
Recycling in the Amazon
Serving Colombia, Brazil and Peru
The high commercialization of markets with the neighboring countries (BRAZIL AND PERU) has increasingly promoted the consumption of packaged products in different kinds of plastic and glass. We founded Amazonas Sin Limites organization to address local environmental problems. We created recycling activities and supported companies that work that solve the environmental pollution problem which affect, not only the population, but different tourist points of Leticia such as the civil port, the Amazon River, and central parks.
In the municipality of Leticia, we are addressing the need for job creation and the generation of economic income for the region We are producing recyclable plastic products less expensive than commercial products; additionally, we are promoting environmental conservation through rational use of natural resources of raw material used in the manufacture of bottles.
This project often faces resistance that change brings to an entire community. Education and persistence throughout the years are yielding results and changes.
Recycling Program in the city of Leticia
Amazonas Sin Limits Foundation is dedicated to the reuse of solid waste, especially the plastic which is used the most by the population and it has greater difficulty of elimination. For this reason, we have contributed to the creation of a recycling plant. The plant requires support of the competent technicians for its operation.
The Foundation, in its 7 years of social work, has managed to provide training for more than 4500 people in public and private institutions, and colleges and local citizens, who have gained a better understanding of our local environmental problems.
Activities in Leticia
Collecting the material on the streets
From unemployment to organized and remunerated employment
The families went to the Lixao (garbage dump located in Tabatinga-Brazil) in search of essential elements they needed for their daily sustenance such as clothes and food among other necessities. Faced with this problem, Andrés Losada began to look for alternatives that could help these mothers as head of household to improve their quality of life. The women who came with their children who daily came to the garbage dump of Lixao (located in Brazil, across the border with Leticia) are of different nationalities COLOMBIANS -BRASILIANS and PERUVIANS. Technically, all but Brazilian women were immigrants coming into Brazil, which made the solution more difficult.
TWENTY MOTHER AS HEADS work for our Foundation in an organized manner, using gloves for protection while working the garbage dump; they also have secure wages to support their families. While they work, their children, from babies to age 5 years old, attend a local day care nearby. The mothers who have children who are 5 years of age and older, receive support for their children to enter local public schools of the three countries according to their nationality. (Colombian-Peruvian or Brazilian).
Amazon River Garbage Materials
The Foundation currently has 5 established recyclable collection routes in the city of Leticia where operators (recyclers) select and collect solid waste. They take them to several centers located by the Amazon River and transfer them to the collection center where the final disposal is made.
Center of Recycling
The Foundation manages to recover only 1.3% of the recyclable material in Leticia, which is on average between 7 and 8 tons per month that no longer end up at the sanitary landfill of the city.
The city of Leticia generates more than 600 tons of recyclable material per month. At the present time we have formulated great strategies and alliances with companies from the tourist sector of the region so the recyclable waste materials from tourist do not end up at the garbage dump, or are not burned or thrown into the Amazon River.
The Foundation has provided a better alternative: recyclable waste materials are collected and then given a productive final disposition.
The Foundation has obtained through out the years a vehicle collector, an ecological bicycle, tricycle collector, two compactors, two mills for plastic, industrial safety equipment for operators (recyclers), a transitional collection center and tools for daily use of recyclers.