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ecycling Pick-up Routine & Indoctrination for the


Municipality of Aasco

Recycling has become essential for the wellbeing of the planet and humanity. Unlike other
countries, Puerto Rico has not strictly contributed to this movement. As consequence our landfills are
almost at capacity and Puerto Ricans show little enthusiasm for betterment. Aasco, posses one of 115
collection centers for recyclable solid waste in the island but the participation by the townspeople and
municipality are poorly viable. Some municipalities like San Juan and Las Marias have their own weekly
recyclable pickup system but many others like Aasco do not. By encouraging the mayor of Aasco
and ADS directive with facts and solutions, the achievement of this proposal will be met if this
movement along with the other suggestion on raising awareness, is introduced into the Recyclable
program of the town.

Why?

Puerto Ricos poor recycling system around the years has brought great
turmoil to the landfills of the Island.
The people of Puerto Rico dont seem to understand the consequences.
Landfills receive around 4,000,000 tons of solid waste a year and they are
almost at capacity (2014).
A feasible system could reduce waste up to a 12%
Mayor of Aasco municipality has a non-effective recycling pick up
routine,
The municipality of Aasco, posses one of 115 collection centers for
recyclable solid waste in the island.
Some of the issues that may be presented by the townspeople of Aasco
may be due to a lack of transportation, time to drive to these facilities
and/or initiative.

How?




Applying a
weekly pickup
of recyclables
or source
separation
material from
homes
system or
similar to its
neighboring
municipality
of Las Marias.

Educating
townspeople
and students
from
elementary to
highschool by
forming clubs,
extracurricular
activities,
teaching on
the subject
and
presentations.

Building
urgency of
awareness on
waste pickup
truck personnel
when collecting
trash by not
disposing off
recyclables,
can also be a
solution.

Selling the
recycled
material to big
recycling
companies,
this issue can
be addressed.
Income can be
generated and
other
advances can
be taken into
actions.

Even though the poor stability of landfills in Puerto Rico have


arisen concern, many Puerto Ricans show little enthusiasm for the
betterment of such. The municipality of Aasco in one hand has one of
115 collection centers for recyclable solid waste in the island -which is a
solution to reduce waste- but material is not gathered mainly by the
townspeople. This is due to certain limitations like, transport, time,
initiative, encouragement for the municipality and lack of education both
on townspeople and personnel. Recommendations on pickup routine and
education are managed in this memo. By encouraging the mayor of
Aasco and ADS directive with these facts and solutions, the achievement
of this proposal will be met if the weekly routine pickup of recyclables and
other solutions are introduced into the Recyclable program of the town.

Contact information
Natalie Avila Martir
Lougenne E. Santos
ENGL3236-030

Proposal will be subdued on May 9th, 2016


For access contact the administration at:
natalie.avila@upr.edu
lougenne.santos@upr.edu