Recycling: Industry Development for Guatemala

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Expectations of growth in recycling exports for 2012 continue, and the Guatemalan Exporters Association, AGEXPORT, is promoting events in order to publicize the exportable sector and identify business opportunities for international companies.

Recycling is an important social and economic activity for the country, because, in addition to benefiting the environment, it has created an industry, generating jobs in recycling companies, income for families engaged in the collection and storage of recyclable materials and foreign exchange earnings from the export of such materials.

Environmentally speaking, recycling is proposed as a viable alternative to help with the arduous task of eliminating waste through proper treatment, transforming raw materials which then form part of products useful to society again.

In Guatemala there are several companies that are engaged in recycling activities, thus contributing to sustainable and comprehensive development in the industry and the country, said Ernesto Gil, Director of the Plastics Industry.

The recycling industry, which generates about 2,000 direct jobs and 10,000 indirect jobs, presented a growth chart, closing 2011 with exports of 7.805 MT of waste, parings and scrap plastic, creating high expectations for 2012.

Due to a growing interest in promoting responsible consumption, it is considered that the demand for goods produced with high standards will increase, which represents an excellent business alternative for the short, medium and long term by promoting corporate environmental responsibility, benefiting society, said Luis Godoy, General Director of AGEXPORT.

Products generated with recycling: cardboard, paper, cans, glass products, plastics, flooring and coatings from tires, electronics, crafts and wallets.

Products generated with recycled plastic are: bottles and bottles bales, chips, resin, furniture, bags of various types, garbage cans, pails, among others.

People must agree and understand that this is a task for all; a necessary practice that appeals to the responsibility that each individual has to classify materials from their home or office and place trash in designated locations, so that they reach their destination for disposal, said Gil.

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