Trash plans established for pilgrims

The Cruz Roja Costarricense and the Ministerio de Salud plan to place receptacles for 36 classifications of recyclable material along the routes of pilgrims on the way to Cartago.

This is an effort to keep the highways clean and free of plastic bottles and other trash.

The Fundación MarViva goes one step further and said it is setting up a station in Curridabat where the pilgrims can refill their reusable bottles.

Involved in the recycling campaign are the municipalities of Cartago, la Unión, Curridabat, Montes de Oca, Desamparados and San José with support from the Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad and Banco Popular.

The plan is to have a receptacle available for plastic, organic waste, aluminum and other categories Monday and Tuesday, the peak time of the pilgrimage.

Last year the Cruz Roja collected more than three tons of such waste.

Fundación MarViva wants to effect a cultural change to eliminate plastic because much of the material dumped on land ends up in the oceans. The organization says that recycling is not sufficient.

MarViva says that 90 percent of the contamination of the oceans is from plastic.

MarViva says that 90 percent of the contamination of the oceans is from plastic.

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