The coastal towns of Mal País, Santa Teresa, Hermosa, and Manzanillo are a beautiful highly rated touristic destination for their stunning beaches, sights, surfing, yoga, relax and fun. Pollution in our coastal towns is due, to a great extent, to inappropriate solid and liquid waste management: lack-of or inappropriate water treatment systems, draining of black and grey waters directly into the ground and/or nearby streams, rapid, uncontrolled and under-regulated urbanization which has generated pressure over the area’s natural resources, and lack of community education regarding waste management.
Some businesses have deficient water treatment systems: many of them do not have grease traps; others have grease traps but designed incorrectly; many others do have grease traps and well-designed systems but don’t know where to dispose of the waste coming out of their grease traps when they clean them as there is no facility in the area that treats this type of waste.
All this grease is ending up in the water polluting it or in the communitarian dump generating greenhouse effect gases. A big part of the population is not aware of the damage this is causing, to the environment, to our health and to the communities’ income generation capacities of these tourism-dependent towns. Lack of education and awareness of how human activities are harming the environment and causing climate change closes this pollution cycle.
Nicoya peninsula Waterkeeper took action to promote changes to correct existing pollution practices! We want to show the community that environmentally respectful practices exist and are available for everyone to implement. We promote behavior changes that benefit present and future generations and all the beautiful invaluable natural resources that surround us. The way in which we dispose of our waste is our responsibility.
The Project “Promoting waste management best practices in the coastal communities of Mal País, Playa Carmen, Santa Teresa, and Hermosa” aims at improving solid and liquid waste management in these coastal communities. We will achieve this by:
- Promoting sustainable waste water management in the Salón Comunal through the creation of a biogarden (to treat greywater) and an efficient septic tank (to treat blackwater) as educational hands-on models
- Building a community-managed biodigestor which will create biogas out of the grease coming from the local restaurants grease traps which will feed the Salón Comunal’s cafeteria
- Promoting sustainable solid waste management through recycling and composting of organic waste
- Carrying out intensive community education and awareness raising regarding waste management best practices through the creation of an Environmental Educational Space next to the Community Center in Santa Teresa and through an Environmental Fair
We want this to be a fair in which we can show the community that environmentally friendly alternatives exist and that they are available for everyone to implement in their houses and businesses. We want everybody to be educated and aware of the current best practices regarding sustainable waste management. We want this fair to help change people’s mentality and open up to new ways of doing things, new ways which respect and protect our natural resources.
Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to be part of this Project or have any questions, ideas or suggestions!
This Project is carried out thanks to the financial contribution of the Organization of American States – OAS.