Foundation for Waste (Garbage Foundation)
By Macarena Guajardo Mavroski Operations，
Santiago, Metropolitan area, Chile
Why they have stepped forward
Largely through lack of awareness, the population of Chile had generated a massive amount of waste. The entire country suffers from illegal landfills, contaminated water, damaged landscapes and air pollution.
What they have done:
From the beginning, the project generated massive support from the community. They encourage transformation of landfill sites into constructive waste depots that facilitate recycling, reuse, composting and behaviour modification to create a zero waste lifestyle. This shift reduces pollution and improves the environment. They are aware that recycling is not the only solution, therefore Foundation for Waste works hard in encouraging prevention, collaborating with local event organisers. They aim to prevent the use of non-recyclable materials during big events, recommending the use of sustainable alternatives. At the end of each event, Foundation for Waste release a report documenting the amount of waste recovered, expressed as its equivalent weight of carbon dioxide. So far, Foundation for Waste has participated in more than 20 events, recovering up to 99% of the waste generated and preventing the emission of eight tonnes of carbon dioxide into the air.
What has changed
Massive local involvement continues to drive the project’s rapid growth. This in turn has led to the web platform, “Basural.com” (dump site), used for disseminating creative, architectural art and design projects that reuse recycled materials. Basural platform has been utilised in more than 200 countries, communicating the importance of reducing waste. Their online courses, which deliver tools and develop skills to tackle the problem of garbage in an integral way, count 11,000 participants to date. The project collaborates with 55 organizations and has a social network community of over 32,000 members.
What they are going to do next
The immediate challenge is to work with municipalities and other organizations willing to coordinate volunteers and carry out on-site education. The next step is to make the initiative grow in its region and replicate it elsewhere in Latin América in collaboration with other environmental organizations.
Landfill sites have morphed into constructive waste depots that facilitate recycling, reuse, composting and behaviour modification to create a zero waste lifestyle. This shift reduces pollution and improves the environment. People are now also aware that recycling is not the only solution; therefore Waste Foundation works hard on prevention in collaboration with local event organisers.