More than $ 8 million annually is spent by Swedish company Tetra Pak only on environmental programs in Latin America, told EFE director of that company environment, the Brazilian engineer Fernando Von Zuben, who visited Panama this week.
Von Zuben explained that currently triple laminated packaging conservation products are “one hundred percent recyclable” and allow processing corrugated sheets Growbag, packaging, pen loops and other products that help reduce pollution and reduce the use of trees.
“The education of citizens is very important, along with the commitment of companies and governments” to stop the deterioration of the planet, said the manager, this week in Panama on the beginning of the project before traveling to Guatemala and El Salvador to see paths recycling plants.
He explained that between Central America and the Caribbean they annually produce 30,000 tons of waste from these triple packaging laminates, of which “only 10% is recycled,” so that “there is great scope for development in recycling from home when the citizen agrees to separate containers and carried collection centers “.
He explained that in the case of Panama, now where recycling is 4% of total waste of this type, the “compensation” receiving country is that “the whole amount of tons of material recycled is delivered to the Association National Conservation of Nature (Ancon) “, a leading environmental organizations in the country.
Today in Latin America, a tonne of material for recycling pays between $150 to $200, indicated by his colleague, the environmental manager for Central America and the Caribbean, William Pugliese.
“There’s profit in the trash,” said Von Zuben, who noted that therefore we must promote waste separation in glass, aluminum, steel or plastic, because they “become raw materials” and can be used again by creative industries like welders or other auto industries.
Tetra Pak launched in 1983 in Panama, from where it spread to Latin America with its aseptic packaging.
Von Zuben explained that in Panama they have a web page called rutadelreciclado.com that helps consumers locate which of the 40 collection sites for recycling and car parts is closer to your home, or if the supermarket is a collections depot.
In this regard, this activity has “plenty of opportunity” to capture revenues for small and micro enterprises, and signature drives across the continent the organization of scavengers (collectors) in specialized cooperatives in the selection of materials for recycling .
The Brazilian engineer Von Xuben said that his country currently recycles 30% of the collection of material, 70,000 tons, generating an economy of US $ 40 million annually, involving 35 recycling plants and over 60 cooperative pickers .
In Central America, each country has one recycling plant except El Salvador, where there are two, and added in Latin America there are 65. The recycling of car parts in the region has been transformed in recent years with several political leaders pushing for further reforms.