Today, plastics are one of the main problems with the pollution of the seas and constitute 12% of total urban waste. Unfortunately, the culture of reuse and recycling struggles to take off, and especially in the gigantic metropolis with a very high growth rate (and poverty) it is difficult to channel waste responsibly.
Fortunately, however, not all countries are ignoring the problem and a virtuous and innovative solution comes from Guatemala.
The goal is to prevent the trash carried by the rivers from reaching the sea. The ingenious and economic system developed b
The barriers, called biobardas, are built and maintained by the inhabitants of small towns on the banks of the rivers. In this way, in the war on pollution, the government has also generated jobs, because there are salaried people who carry out the maintenance and cleaning of these "plants".
The solution was devised in a period characterized by a profound economic crisis, demonstrating that, like funding, creativity can also contribute to tackling the major problems of a country. Finally, the plastic collected from biobadas is then recycled, the last piece of a process of environmental protection that Guatemala took very seriously.