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My name is Howard Green, an expat from the USA, and always an avid recycler and supporter of this program here in my new home, Boquete. Here is an introduction from the committee that is dedicated to making Chiriqui greener: Boquete February 1, 2018. To the Boquete Community: Boquete Recycle, Reduce, Reuse (Boquete RRR), is a committee created by citizens devoted to Boquete´s eco conservancy. We are convinced that a family who recycles makes the difference, and the only way to achieve this goal is by educating and creating awareness among students, business people and the whole community. Our group wishes to have your support to tackle this chore together. Please help us attain our programme of a clean and healthy environmentally friendly district for all “Boqueteños” and for those lucky ones who also happen to live on this paradise. This includes visitors who should be aware of their responsibility as well. We would like to begin by reducing all non-biodegradable materials such as: aluminum, iron, plastic, paper (white and colored) cardboard, and others; at home, schools, shops and businesses. At the same time, we want to teach everyone the reason why it is important to recycle these materials. We are working to accomplish this educational process at all levels. Also, we are organizing cleaning and collecting days for recyclable materials. This activity could be part of the social hours students have to comply at their own schools. Boquete RRR, wants the town of Boquete to be a role model in terms of cleanliness and beauty to the point that it will make us all proud. To all business people, we would like to include you in our data base of businesses committed with the environment. Thus, we are currently working to enroll everyone as part of our programme. We invite you all to become active collaborators of Boquete RRR and participate of the events the Committee members duly organize. Please support Boquete RRR pursue a better environment for a better quality of life. We thank you in advance for your collaboration and wish you a Happy 2018. Yours truly, Francisco Serracin President Comité Boquete Recicla, Reduce, Reutiliza ***************************************** Next i want everyone to see where Boquete's current recycling center is, Marked by the big red X. It is owned by a man in David who has one there, as well. Easy to find from the main street coming from either way. Just look for the large sign Boquete Bible Fellowship and turn as the arrow points (away from the biblioteca, across the street.) Next, you see the list of what is accepted there at this time. Its open 8-5 M-F. Finally, here is a map to a similar recycle center, that accepts exactly same things, located down the street from the Steak House in David. Note its marked with red X . Its harder to find as there is a wall blocking view of the collection yard but there is an office with door facing the street, 6395 Calle Alberto Osorio. o. The good news is that our group, is actively working with the mayor to help find a spot for a temporary collection of all items recyclable, INCLUDING plastics, water bottles, bags, etc. And all batteries, and equally important: Colored glass jars and bottles. We have already had one day in January where we collected HUGE amounts of these things and they were trucked to the frontier near Paso Canoas. i think that is becuase there are buyers in Costa Rica who handle those items whereas in Panama, no one will take them from the collection centers. Please keep checking our blog to see when the next collection will be. We have also had days where we all encouraged to gather and collect the bottles and cans which litter our highways and streets around Boquete. If you do not have room to store plastics, etc, until the next collection day, why not ask a neighbor if perhaps you can jointly store in a place they have until they all can be brought in. One last bit of advice: Please, please, wash your cans and bottles, first before you put them in separate bags and boxes so we do not have to sort them the day you bring them in. That was a huge task and we definitely could have used more volunteers to do this sorting at the temporary collection point. And if you arrive late, please do not leave your items unattended. That caused bad relations with the city and we need their cooperation to keep this project going. Thank you I welcome your additional comments. You can also email our group at firstname.lastname@example.org.
this is a post about recycling. We want everyone here in Chiriqui to recycle. However, people keep sending me questions like this one: "when will we be able to accept this or that to be recycled" Please be aware that at this time, in David and Boquete, only clear glass is being accepted at the various recycle collection centers. They take things as well as shown in the photo here. Our new group here in Boquete, is busy researching where to take colored glass and much more, and will let you know here, when he have that covered as well. Eventually, we will want alll of your paper and metals, and much much more.Our intention is for everything that CAN be recycled to eventually wherever you live. Please be patient; or better yet, please consider donating some of your new found free-time,as a retiree, to help in this process. Maybe you’ll be the one who finds a way/or a place that takes what you want to turn in! Thanks ! Kindly refrain from asking when will colored glass be accepted, I do not have an answer, other than ASAP! if you have space, store what you can until we do find a place to take it. We have found a place to take ALL plastic. As soon as we can, we will post where you can take it. It will be posted right here, as well as on the boquete ning and boquete news (Facebook). If you interested in being on our mail list where will blast out all updates to you, please email email@example.com. In Boquete, our current drop off center is next to the Bible Fellowship. See map below
Moderator comment: This topic is not directly and specifically related to life in Chiriqui or Panama -- in one way, but then in another way it is related. Panama is becoming more aware of the environmental damage being done by the use of plastics and improper waste management, and is beginning to address recyclables (as posted here on CL in other topics). This topic is being allowed to remain because we are part of the problem and part of the solution. 300 BILLION pieces of plastic are found floating in the once pristine Arctic Ocean Report finds that hundreds of tonnes of plastic are cluttering the Arctic Ocean The waste is dumped in the Atlantic Ocean off Europe and the United States It is then swept north by ocean currents to a 'polar graveyard' The waste releases toxins into the ocean and is swallowed by wildlife The link includes pictures and video. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-4426104/Arctic-seas-called-dead-end-plastic-floating-U-S-Europe.html Sadly, the recycling center in Volcan is no longer accepting plastic of any kind.