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Costa Rica to manufacture recycled plastic block

Costa Rica will have it's first plant to manufacture recycled plastic blocks for all types of construction.

It is an alternative that will use a large amount of discarded plastic that typically ends up in dumps, rivers, and beaches in rural areas.

The plastic blocks are made of plastic waste, which can be to use to build everything from houses, agricultural facilities, communal halls, among many other uses.

It can generate ecological construction systems, and helps to promote a model of environmental development, and sustainability that contributes to the decarbonization policy promoted by the Government of the Bicentennial, the National Decarbonization Plan 2018-2050.

The Institute of Rural Development (Inder) will make the first contribution of ₡ 150 million for pre-investment studies, according to an agreement signed this Friday with the Municipality of Mora.

Data from the Ministry of Health reveals that per day Costa Rica produces approximately 564 tons of plastic, of which only 14 of them are recycled, and the rest will be given to landfills or sewers, rivers and seas.  This problem is not only ours, according to the UN, in some areas of the oceans up to 80% or 90% of the garbage is plastic.

To start up the factory, requires an investment of $1.3 million, and approximately 60 direct and indirect jobs would be generated.

“With this project we take a leap at the regional level in environmental matters, where Costa Rica leads innovative processes.  It arises as an integral response to a complex issue, such as reducing waste plastic that ends up in rivers and beaches in our rural areas, drowning in garbage and waste to our environment.  It also implies a step towards the efforts to decarbonize the government and the economic recovery through the generation of jobs and local chains, ”said the executive president of Inder.

The following are some interesting facts regarding this subject.

  • A house of 42 square meters can be built in a week with a team of 4 people and there is no waste in construction.
  • It is totally pest free and is 100% disassembled without waste.
  • PP Polypropylene (food packaging, laboratory equipment, automotive components and transparent films) will be especially used;  PP Polyethylene (plastic bags) PET Polyethylene Terephthalate (plastic bottles) and HDPE High Density Polyethylene (disposable plastic containers).

Alternatives like this are what our society has to develop if we want to really make a change towards a more sustainable living, to use our trash and transform it into something new. It’s positive and beneficial for all of us.

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