Photo Feature by Caridad, text by Irina Echarry
HAVANA TIMES, July 31 – The Cuban government recovers 16 types of waste. Among ferrous-types of scrap, it gathers steel, cast iron and stainless steel; while non-ferrous metal debris includes aluminum, brass, copper, lead, tin, and zinc. In terms of non-metallic materials, plastic, paper and cardboard, textiles, glass containers, photographic rolls, x-ray film, wood, toner and printer cartridges are collected.
A large percentage of soda pop and beer cans are also recovered thanks especially to a system of “material incentives” for people to take those to waste collection centers. Better coordination would allow communities to make larger contributions of raw materials, but classic bureaucracy and the lack of transportation result in thousands of tons of raw material being lost in our country annually.
This of course goes without mentioning the waste of companies. Though there are not as many of these as in other countries, there are the enough to damage the environment. Instead of being recovering electronic goods, these firms incinerate many of them, thereby damaging ecosystems and people’s health.
By carrying out a more organized plan, our country would recoup great benefits thanks to the recovery of waste. The media undertakes campaigns in support of creating an environmental awareness among the public, but there is still a lot to be done.
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