EcoRomeria reaches its goal of clean streets once again

Filed Under: EARTH News
Date: August 9th, 2013

EcoRomero and volunteers helping to keep the streets clean during the pilgrimage.

For the third year running, on August 1 and 2, 2013 EcoRomería succeeded in reminding the some two million participants of Costa Rica’s largest religious pilgrimage of the importance of working together to protect the environment. Led by EARTH University and the Costa Rican Environmental Ministry, the project aimed to educate citizens about the proper management of waste generated during the annual event.

More than 70 waste classification stands were set up along approximately 13 miles of the pilgrimage route.  Some 1,200 volunteers and students manned stations, resulting in a 95 percent efficiency rate in the correct classification of waste.

A volunteer teaches a child how to correctly separate trash.

This year 1,704 pounds of organic waste were also collected and sent for composting, and the contamination of this waste with other materials like plastic bags and containers was very low.

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