What about recycling in Antigua?

Visitors to La Antigua Guatemala are quite happy to see that many of the municipal trucks run on bio-diesel. Discarded cooking oil is collected at restaurants, filtered through technology set up in conjunction with Bio Persa www.biopersa.com (supported by the Swiss government), and we all benefit in Antigua.

Then the inevitable question, “What about recycling in Antigua?”

We recycle. Our aluminum cans are dropped off at Restaurante Doña Luisa (4a calle oriente #12) to benefit www.openwindowsfoundation.com (an educational program in San Miguel Dueñas).

We also fill up a depository with glass bottles, folded cardboard, newspaper and all plastic containers. It’s just a short drive from Antigua to Ferrretería El Tigre (Km 47.5 carretera a Ciudad Vieja) and that’s it! It is open Monday through Thursday,

8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Saturday, 8 a.m. to noon. The recycling program operates in conjunction with the local bio-diesel project.

You’ll be surprised at how much “garbage” we can recycle—with very little effort. Next time you visit a business, help the planet and ask “Do you recyle?” (¿y tú reciclas la basura?).

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