Colombian cities are preparing for a cleanup journey

This Sunday people from Colombian major cities be cleaning up their most emblematic places. 

“Limpiemos Colombia” (Let’s Clean Up Colombia) will take place this Sunday in cities like Bogota, Medellin, Cali and Barranquilla. It’s an initiative by the Colombian Ministry of Environment and the Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Tourism along with Bimbo, Éxito and WWF to raise awareness about the importance of recycling and clean up the most emblematic places in each city.

It is the first time it will be done in Colombia and it invites people to come along with their families, friends, co-workers and help sort out recyclable materials like plastics, glass, paper, and metal. In this way, not only they will be recycling but increase the lifespan of the cities’ dumpsters. It is inspired by the Mexican campaign “Limpiemos Nuestro México.”

According to official figures, only 17% of recyclable materials in the country are actually being reused from the 12 million tons of residues it produces annually. Also the National Planning Department (DNP) calculates the lifespan of 321 municipalities will end in the next five years, causing a possible release of greenhouse gases and problems to the communities nearby.

The organizers plan is for this journey to become a regular in Colombian calendars.

To participate, volunteers needed to subscribe in although people can arrive at the checkpoints if they want to join the campaign. They’ll receive a starters kit.

Organizers recommend to assist with comfortable clothing, working in groups of 10, follow the established route and always reach out to the logistics team for any doubts. Children under 14 can go but they won’t receive a kit and have to be accompanied by an adult.

Armenia, Quibdo, Cúcuta, Pereira, Manizales, Bucaramanga and Cartagena will be also participating in the journey, which starts at 7:00am.  We’ll be updating you with the results of “Limpiemos Colombia” and you can see how the journey goes in social media under the #ColombiaLimpia and @soyecolombiano in Twitter, Facebook and G+.


LatinAmerican Post | Maria Andrea Marquez

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