My name is Howard Green, an expat from the USA, and always an avid recycler and supporter of this program here in my new home, Boquete. Here is an introduction from the committee that is dedicated to making Chiriqui greener:
Boquete February 1, 2018.
To the Boquete Community:
Boquete Recycle, Reduce, Reuse (Boquete RRR), is a committee created by citizens devoted to Boquete´s eco conservancy.
We are convinced that a family who recycles makes the difference, and the only way to achieve this goal is by educating and creating awareness among students, business people and the whole community.
Our group wishes to have your support to tackle this chore together. Please help us attain our programme of a clean and healthy environmentally friendly district for all “Boqueteños” and for those lucky ones who also happen to live on this paradise. This includes visitors who should be aware of their responsibility as well.
We would like to begin by reducing all non-biodegradable materials such as: aluminum, iron, plastic, paper (white and colored) cardboard, and others; at home, schools, shops and businesses. At the same time, we want to teach everyone the reason why it is important to recycle these materials. We are working to accomplish this educational process at all levels.
Also, we are organizing cleaning and collecting days for recyclable materials. This activity could be part of the social hours students have to comply at their own schools.
Boquete RRR, wants the town of Boquete to be a role model in terms of cleanliness and beauty to the point that it will make us all proud.
To all business people, we would like to include you in our data base of businesses committed with the environment. Thus, we are currently working to enroll everyone as part of our programme.
We invite you all to become active collaborators of Boquete RRR and participate of the events the Committee members duly organize.
Please support Boquete RRR pursue a better environment for a better quality of life.
We thank you in advance for your collaboration and wish you a Happy 2018.
Francisco Serracin President
Comité Boquete Recicla, Reduce, Reutiliza
Next i want everyone to see where Boquete's current recycling center is, Marked by the big red X. It is owned by a man in David who has one there, as well.
Easy to find from the main street coming from either way. Just look for the large sign Boquete Bible Fellowship and turn as the arrow points (away from the biblioteca, across the street.)
Next, you see the list of what is accepted there at this time. Its open 8-5 M-F.
Finally, here is a map to a similar recycle center, that accepts exactly same things, located down the street from the Steak House in David. Note its marked with red X . Its harder to find as there is a wall blocking view of the collection yard but there is an office with door facing the street, 6395 Calle Alberto Osorio.
The good news is that our group, is actively working with the mayor to help find a spot for a temporary collection of all items recyclable, INCLUDING plastics, water bottles, bags, etc. And all batteries, and equally important: Colored glass jars and bottles. We have already had one day in January where we collected HUGE amounts of these things and they were trucked to the frontier near Paso Canoas. i think that is becuase there are buyers in Costa Rica who handle those items whereas in Panama, no one will take them from the collection centers. Please keep checking our blog to see when the next collection will be. We have also had days where we all encouraged to gather and collect the bottles and cans which litter our highways and streets around Boquete.
If you do not have room to store plastics, etc, until the next collection day, why not ask a neighbor if perhaps you can jointly store in a place they have until they all can be brought in.
One last bit of advice: Please, please, wash your cans and bottles, first before you put them in separate bags and boxes so we do not have to sort them the day you bring them in. That was a huge task and we definitely could have used more volunteers to do this sorting at the temporary collection point.
And if you arrive late, please do not leave your items unattended. That caused bad relations with the city and we need their cooperation to keep this project going.
I welcome your additional comments. You can also email our group at email@example.com.