Recycling in Argentina: How to earn money for your waste
In 2005, the “Integral Management of Solid Urban Waste” law was passed by the City Council of Buenos Aires, outlining a need for change and new development strategies in order to facilitate higher rates of recycling and bring the level of waste down to zero. Environmental pollution is a by-product of globalisation, as expanding urban centres become home to rapidly growing populations, meaning the level of excess waste continues to rise. One way that global governments have begun to catch people’s attention is by introducing incentives for recycling, and as we all know, money talks. One nation getting involved in this trend is Argentina, and here are some ways that, if you live there, might help you make money from your waste.
Technology and spare parts
In a society permanently connected to the internet, there is an inevitable surplus of ‘out-dated’ technology as people upgrade to newer models. However, while the idea of an iPhone from four years ago seems a distant memory when the features are compared to those today, the individual components are always in demand, and can be re-fashioned into new products, or the device as a whole refurbished and re-sold. There is an increasing market for recycled technology, and the companies set up for this purpose will gladly pay you for your old devices.
From sushi to orange juice, as well as all of the other products we know and love, plastic is one of the main components in their packaging. It is easy to throw it away after the product has been consumed, however, in various supermarkets, there are initiatives in place to allow customers to make money back by recycling certain containers. It is a good opportunity to earn back a small amount of what you paid while at the same time improving the environmental quality of your city.
Unilever initiative Buenos Aires
This is an interesting one, Unilever provide a similar service to that of supermarkets in the returning of used containers. ‘Dondereciclo’ reported that in the city of Buenos Aires, Green Points are in place to exchange the containers for coupons for the purchase of other Unilever products to be used in Farmacity or Pigmento. If you use these products regularly, it is possible to create a cycle in which your items are always subsidised as a result of positive recycling habits, as well as ensuring your old products never end up as pollutants.
Again, specific to Argentina, the partnership of government with The Hive Project is promoting recycling across the nation. JellyCoin is the name of the cryptocurrency created for this initiative, where those who recycle can receive payment in it in exchange for recycling their waste. Perhaps this is one of the more useful and potentially successful strategies, as the virtual currency market continues to boom with Bitcoin leading the way, meaning newer alternatives like JellyCoin could increase in value, meaning more people will recycle in order to get involved and make more money.
Recycling will always be important in our society, and as a company operating globally, at Creimerman we see opportunities like this as crucial to the protection of our world, making it a cleaner and safer place for future generations.