|Trash piled high on Jimenez Ave. today.|
Doña Juana is the city's landfill,
|Recycling bins outside the Paloquemao market. |
The market does actually compost its organic wastes,
but I suspect that other 'recyclables' end up in the landfill.
The neighbors also want the city to build a trash classification facility by the landfill, where recyclable materials could be recovered - and which would mean employment for them. Bogotá recycles only a tiny amount of its waste.
Recycling is good, but better still would be reducing the amount of material sent to the landfill in the first place. The recent law taxing disposable plastic bags seems to have made some difference. A similar tax on other disposable packaging, such as plastic bottles, would be another good step.
|A typical scene: Trash inside '|
Instead, since land is cheap, the city will just once again expand the dump's boundaries, and these environmental conflicts will repeat themselves.
|These plastic bottles will become trash after one use, and fill up the landfill.|