More than 34 tons of waste were collected in Bogotá thanks to the Recycling Business

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Participants who joined this environmental initiative will receive a participation certificate from the district within 60 to 90 days

More than 34 tons of waste were collected in Bogota thanks to the Business Recycling

250 companies participated in this new day of collection of differential or dangerous waste. Photo via: bogota.gov.co

The administration of Bogotá and the District Secretariat for the Environment released the results of the second 'Business Recycling' which took place during the first days of November in the city, which left a positive balance for the administration: of more than 34 tonsof elements and hazardous waste, special and handling differences, which were collected during the days that involved more than 250 companies and citizen participation.

Thus, the Environment entity reported that the waste received will go through proper management and use by post-consumer companies, in addition to the participants who joined this environmental initiative, who will receive for a certificate of participation from the district, within 60 to 90 days, which will serve as a support for the correct arrangement of these elements.

“We are convinced, from the Administration of Mayor Claudia López and from this Secretary of the Environment, that working with the The private sector can yield us enormous returns in terms of environmental benefits for the city. This second Recycling is the sample of an offer and the possibility of having a Bogotáto reincorporate our waste into production processes so that they are not buried in Doña Juana¨, added Carolina Urrutia, Secretary of the Environment.

More than 34 tons of Waste was collected in Bogotá thanks to the Reciclatón Empresarial

34 tons of hazardous, special and differentiated handling elements, on the second day of this recycling. Photo via: bogota.gov.co

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On the other hand, of the total waste managed in this second call for 'Business Recycling', 80.19% (27.5 t) corresponds to post-consumer waste (WEEE, white goods, lead acid batteries, lights, toner and expired medicines; 16.33% (5.7 t) were non-post-consumer WEEE, transformers and electrical appliances that do not belong to a post-consumer stream; and 3.48% (1.2 t) were recyclable waste (glass, metals, cardboard, paper and plastics.

It should be remembered that this 'Business Recycling' is part of a post-consumption strategy of the Environment District entity which was implemented in Bogotá since 2016 and during its realization in all these years it hasmanaged to collect more than 400 tons of special and dangerous waste such as: electrical and electronic equipment, lights, batteries, expired medicines, used vegetable oil, among others, for its correct disposal.

< blockquote class="color_figcaption">“In addition, through the Ecolecta campaign, which is aimed at citizens and since its creation in 2014, more than 100 tons of waste electrical and electronic equipment from the residential sector have been received for its correct disposal and use,” he added. the Environment Secretariat.

More than 34 tons of waste were collected in Bogota thanks to the Business Recycling

Of the material collected, 3.48% were usable elements such as glass, metal, cardboard, paper and plastics. Photo via: Environment Secretariat

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The Bogota administration has stressed the importance of proper handling of this special and dangerous waste, since an inadequate disposal of these elements produces contamination problems,deterioration of the landscape and puts the health of people, beings and the ecosystem at risk.

“For example, computers, fluorescent lamps, cell phones and other electronic devices contain some components such as beryllium, cadmium, mercury, phosphorus, barium, lead, plastic and glass in its chips, plates and casings that can be radioactive, polluting, difficult to recycle and that are not compatible with human health or environmental preservation”, added the Environment entity.

Finally, both the district and the Ministry of the Environment have called on all citizens to learn to identify, separate and deliver correctly< /b> to a manager authorized by the district entity. For more information about the Environmental Geographic Viewer to be able to locate the more than 1,000 correlation points, you can access the following link: https://visorgeo.ambientebogota.gov.co/.

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