Attention Sacatepéquez residents, “Please Recycle.”
Now there is a small recycling center, five minutes from central La Antigua Guatemala, 100 yards past the bridge as you come into San Pedro las Huertas, on the left side of the street, just past the gated community San Pedro el Alto.
Recicladora San Pedro de las Huertas is run by Familia López. They will accept almost anything, including plastic bottles, glass, cans and cardboard boxes of any size. This includes items like food containers and water/soda bottles. Heavy plastic items large and small are also welcome. Open 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
What they cannot recyle: thin or sinewy plastic bags, such as empty bags of potato chips, Ziploc bags, and the regular plastic bags from the grocery store or tienda. And, please, no Styrofoam. But anything else is welcome!
This business also buys picked-up recycling in bulk from locals who collect bottles, cans, etc. So you may see some money exchanging hands. I myself prefer to donate, as I am guessing any payments based on weight would not be much in my case.
REVUE article by Sam Johnson