Sunday November 20th Colombian main cities had a clean-up journey sponsored by Almacenes Exito, Bimbo and the Environment Ministry. According to Soy Ecolombiano, during “Limpiemos Colombia” (Let’s Clean-up Colombia) over 46 tons of plastic, glass, metal, and paper were recovered in just over 3 hours. This was the first time the event was organized in the country. People from Bogota, Barranquilla, Cali, Medellin, Cartagena, among other cities participated.
Besides cleaning up the most emblematic places in the city the journey aimed to raise environmental consciousness and promote recycling. With this in mind we want to present a project that could benefit from this clean-up journeys.
Madera Plástica de Colombia is an initiative that recycles plastic bottle caps, chairs, bags and detergent bottles among many other plastic objects to produce plastic wood. This is an eco-friendly product, its low maintenance, doesn’t need paint and is highly resistant and durable.
Their headquarters are located in Neiva a city southwest to Bogota. It was created by Diego Rodriguez four years ago and is now one of the best three companies of its type in the country with high quality standards.
“The final product is green, it doesn’t’ have any scent, doesn’t create any type of pollution, not even water contamination during its production process. With this material we avoid cutting out any more trees. Plastic wood doesn’t decompose and it’s easy to install,” said Rodriguez to a local newspaper.
According to the Colombian Ministry of Housing from the 30 thousand tons of garbage produced by the country only 13% is recycled. In Neiva, Madera Plástica de Colombia purchases 60% of the city’s recycled plastic and has a capacity to process 180 tons of plastic per month. They also promote recycling campaigns and offer their buyer different products.
They produce a variety of products for the agriculture and livestock, construction and industrial sectors. They also produce garbage cans, fences, stands, children’s parks and pet’s accessories.
“We need to have a commitment with the environment and change something within our reach to stop global warming and climate change,” concluded Rodriguez.
Like this company there are many other Colombian businesses that could benefit from the recycling of plastic and its processing.
María Andrea Márquez