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Unique Recycling Program Created by Santiago Neighbors

Posted: Jun. 4th, 2013  |  By Michael Pearse
Plaza de Armas

Three neighbors in Santiago came up with an innovative way to get the city's residents to have a much easier time recycling. By allowing people to recycle through the curbside surface, they will be much more likely to participate when compared to them needing to go to a facility.

For the past two months, a motorized tricycle with a large trash bin attached has been roaming the streets of the Las Condes borough in Santiago and collecting recyclable materials from the neighborhood’s residents.  A neighborhood group runs the organization called Tricicla.  The tricycle runs on an electric motor, thereby enhancing the collective’s green focus.

Claudia Moreno came up with the idea while pregnant and working on a graduate business degree.  Taking her household’s recyclable waste to a special facility had become a hassle, and oftentimes it was neglected in favor of the far-easier curbside trash service.


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