Fundación Avina and the organizations Red Nica, Africa70, ASORENIC, Club de Jóvenes Ambientalistas, and Plataforma para el Desarrollo Sostenible de Nicaragua formed an alliance to create a bridge between the private sector and social and environmental groups in order to encourage recycling in the country.
The alliance aims to reduce the pressure to use virgin raw materials and to contribute to a cultural shift regarding the management and disposal of solid waste in Nicaragua.
Together these organizations plan to advocate for an improved legal framework for solid waste management as proposed in the bill currently being considered by the Nicaraguan National Assembly, Proyecto de Ley de Gestión Integral de Residuos.
Furthermore, the alliance seeks to strengthen the recycling value chain and market in the country, to improve the living conditions of informal recyclers, and to connect Nicaraguan recyclers to other recycler organizations and movements in Latin America.
It is estimated that there are 5,200 tons of waste produced daily in Nicaragua, of which 40% is recyclable, but less than 7% is actually being recycled.
Even so, the country exports approximately 40 million USD worth of recyclable materials each year. However, these statistics fail to show the complete picture, as it is believed that more than 10,500 families subsist by collecting recyclable materials day after day from city streets and municipal garbage dumps.