|Teaching passers-by to classify their trash for recycling.|
It's an important issue, both for conserving resources and extending the life of Bogotá's dump, Doña Juana, which is near filling up.
|And here's the result....See any sign of classification?|
|A probably homeless trash picker looks for something he can use, eat or sell. He's doing the real recycling.|
|What's in a name? Bogotá's 'Zero Trash' campaign, emblazoned on this garbage truck, hasn't quite happened yet.|
Unfortunately, getting people to recycle requires big cultural shifts...or imposing economic penalties. Just repeating a bunch of slogans won't do it.
|Vistors fill these recycle bins in the National Park with random mixture of trash.|
|Just try to recycle this stuff!|
|Disposable drink bottles. A deposit on such bottles could finance their recycling...and prompt soda companies to continue making returnable bottles.|
|These bottles will be reused again and again.|
|Styrofoam plates never biodegrade. Shouldn't their makers and users have to pay for the burden on society and the environment? Why not replace them with a plastic bowl that gets washed and reused?|
|A woman hails a taxi outside a supermarket. Her purchases are in plastic bags which will soon be in|
the landfill or floating in the ocean, where sea animals choke to death on them.
|In one of Bogotá's traditional markets reusable plastic sacks, made out of plastic sheeting, hang for sale.|
|Recycling advocates with a barrel of plastic throwaway plastic bottles. But should these bottles exist at all?|
By Mike Ceaser, of Bogotá Bike Tours