By recycling solid waste from households in the city, Lima is mitigating emissions and creating a better environment for its citizens, especially its recyclers whose work is now recognized.
To better manage and dispose of solid waste from its citizens, Lima initiated a range of activities that promote a formal recycling chain, while simultaneously increasing environmental awareness. Commercialization of solid waste is underway, which will ensure more waste is absorbed by the recycling industry, resulting in less extraction of natural resources and energy savings from avoided manufacturing of new materials.
The project currently covers 42% of all the downtown district’s housing, and the city aims to scale up to 100% of the population in the district and expand to include other sectors that generate solid waste as well. The project has also formalized the work of recyclers, increasing their income and improving their working conditions.
Much of Lima’s solid waste is burned, discharging large volumes of greenhouse gases. Raising awareness among citizens and formalizing recyclers are both efforts seeking to reverse this.
Economic By formalizing recyclers, their income has increased and the cost of final disposal of solid waste has been reduced.
Environmental Reducing the amount of waste that goes into landfills decreases water and land pollution and results in less natural resources being used when solid waste is recycled into new products.
Health The formalized recyclers are provided with personal protection equipment and vaccine protections against diseases.