Just a quick post, but at least this time it’ll be both informative and Chile-related! Something that never fails to kill me a little bit inside here is the lack of recycling. I’m from California, where the recycling pick up comes every week just like a trash pick up, and where throwing a can in the regular old garbage pretty much makes you a bad person. Here if you want to recycle, you have to make an effort. I’ve never heard of a recycling pick up, and although the city does have glass receptacles – those big green domes you may have seen around Santiago – it’s hard to find places to recycle other materials. The comuna of Vitacura has the reasonably well-known Punto Limpio* where you can recycle pretty much anything and everything, but not everyone can get there easily.
So I was excited to find the following link with maps of Santiago and markers denoting recycling spots for all kinds of materials. I hope it’s helpful to other residents and encourages more people to recycle! It’s still not as convenient as a pick up, but you can always do what Rodolfo and I do which is save your recyclables (please note, if you ever come over and see lots of bottles, we’re not alcoholics, we’ve just haven’t dropped off the recycling for a while!) and make a big run every once in a while. It’s also interesting to me that here certain types of recycling benefit certain organizations. For example, those green domes for glass support CODEFF (National Committee in Defense of Flora and Fauna) while paper and carboard recycling helps Fundación San José, an adoption program. Enjoy!
Quiero Reciclar – where to recycle in Santiago
*In searching for a link to Vitacura’s Punto Limpio, I found out that they also offer a house-to-house recycling pick up every other week but only in the Santa María neighborhood. At least it’s a start! If you’d like to read more about Punto Limpio, here’s an article from newspaper El Mercurio (in Spanish).