Recycling in Buenos Aires

Portland recycling habits die hard.

We are used to separating out all paper, cardboard, glass, plastic; we are used to composting. It is disorienting to just throw everything out with the trash.

Actually, there is some limited recycling in Baires, and it is accomplished by the “carteneros,” one of whom is pictured here. They are are private citizens that go through the trash and separate out some glass and some cardboard to resell on their own. They often wheel around their inventory on very large carts, with many close calls on the streets between the larger carts and the taxis and buses.

After talking to Ian’s friend Guadalupe, we are now trying to separate items in our trash for the carteneros to make it easier for them to recycle.

Photo by Flickr user nbreazeale used under a Creative Commons license.

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