Upachaya Community Project

Reduce Reuse Recycle

Reduce Reuse Recycle

Community Project – Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

We are excited to announce our next Upachaya Community Project. In cooperation with Sasha Solis from Diverse Divers Production, and Manlio Martinez with Go Blue Central America.  We will be starting a Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle project in the barrio next to Upachaya.

August 20th at 9:00 the adults and children alike have been invited to join us here at Upachaya for a presentation by Sasha explaining the importance of reduce, reuse, and recycle, and how it can benefit them as a community and as individuals.  Manlio will be on hand to assist with the presentation and document our activities of the day.

Upachaya is purchasing large bins to be placed in the community for recycling. Cardboard, aluminum cans, and all PET plastics will be regularly recycled. Any monies earned from this project will be reinvested in the community in the form of school supplies for the children, or other items as deemed important by this barrio.

After the presentation we will don our gloves and walk throughout the community reinforcing what we have just learned by picking up the garbage and continuing the education process by identifying which items can be recycled and placing them in the appropriate bins.

Once our clean-up session is complete we will celebrate with a pool party at Upachaya rewarding those participating in some fun for the day.

Many of us have complained about the landfill and the abhorrent stage it is in with being overloaded and threatening our reef and surrounding area. I too, have been one of those that has complained and this is our way of attempting to make a difference. Will this project be successful? Time will tell. But if we don’t make an effort we shall never know. My hope is this will be an example of what we can do in our communities across this island and that others will “adopt” communities and assist them with establishing similar projects.

Will this take effort?  Yes, I’m certain this will require constant reinforcement until all involved in this barrio understand they are making a difference on the cleanliness of their community, the subsequent impact this has on their health (fewer mosquitos to live in the garbage), and the health of their environment.  I understand it will take time to change the culture.  But I’m hopeful that the awareness that this process brings, along with the monies fed back into their community will encourage them to do more and more recycling and respect and take care of their environment.

Please click on these links for more information on Diverse Divers Production and Go Blue Central America.  I am very thankful for the participation of both these organizations in supporting this initiative.  Both organizations are interested in working with others to promote sustainable vacationing, reef health, and protecting the environment we call home.

Step by step we can and will make a difference.