Saturday, May 22, 2010

Recycling in Maputo!

Good news for Maputo and for the environment. I'm so pleased to see a formal recycling scheme finally being implemented in the city.

The Associação Moçambicana de Reciclagem - Mozambican Association for Recycling (AMOR - LOVE in Portuguese) opened three "eco-points" in the city of Maputo where you can leave your garbage in bags already sorted (Monday to Friday from 8h to 16h).

AMOR collects all waste including paper, cardboard, plastics, cans, glass bottles and e-waste. The waste will be paid per kg depending on the type of product. The "eco-points" are green containers located in the areas of Coop, Museu and Baixa.

For more information, please contact:

AMOR email:
Stephane Temperman; Presidente, +258 84 46 177 64.
Antoine Bossel; Vice-presidente, + 258 82 30 399 11

Now the next step should be a campaign to reduce the use of plastic bags. I've never seen such plastic bag waste - from veggie sellers to supermarkets - in my entire life. The worst part is that most of the baggies are so flimsy they get holes in them before you've got your purchases home, and therefore can't be reused. What a difference cloth totes would make!

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