Through an environmental approach, Reciclo promotes community life in a vulnerable neighborhood of Santiago, Chile.
The neighborhood, where the headquarter of Fondacio in Chile is located, is located in Huechuraba, town in the north of Santiago. This sector is in a great situation of vulnerability due to several problems (drugs, violence and crime, precarious work, unemployment, significant number of single mothers and isolation of the elderly). The little environmental education and the lack of community life are very remarkable.
Inspired by projects such as "La tricyclerie" in France or "Incredible foodstuffs" in England, the idea of Reciclo was born in 2018 to organize the collection of organic waste in tricycles, the construction of community gardens and environmental awareness workshops. It concretized in 2019.
The project wants to promote the care of the planet thanks to the collection of organic and recyclable waste (Clean Point) and workshops related to the environment. In addition, Reciclo wants to promote community life in the neighborhood in which the level of crime is located and lowered through the construction of community gardens. In short, what you are looking for is to increase the link between generations and teach how to care for the land.
Reciclo proposes several axes of action:
Composting. Recycling of organic matter (composting). Reciclo organizes the biweekly collection of organic waste from each household in tricycles and collects organic waste in different types of composters (vermicompostera, Bokashi ...) built in community.
Community gardens. In the medium term, Reciclo wants to use the fertilizer generated by these composters in the realization of community gardens in the squares of the sector. In the long term, it also seeks to promote a healthier diet with the use of vegetables grown in these gardens.
Educational workshops. Reciclo teaches the care of the environment through sensitization workshops: separation of garbage, operation of compost, realization of orchards, principles of permaculture, manufacturing of "zero waste" products, etc.
CleanPoint. In the near future, Reciclo wants to build a clean point in the neighborhood to make it easier for residents to separate all their recyclable waste (PET, cardboard / paper, glass, cans, Tetra Pack). That will reduce waste and increase recycling.
After a few months of existence, the project already has 35 participating families, 7200 liters of organic waste “saved from garbage” and 4 workshops held… Each week more participants join this ecological and community movement!
Organize the collection of organic waste
Construct community gardens and environmental workshops.
Promote community life though an environmental approach