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The rest of the garbage generated ends up in landfills where, when it decomposes in the absence of oxygen, it generates methane gas, which is 28 times more harmful than CO2.

By Magdalena Marquez

Santiago de Chile.- In March of this year, the Reciclo Orgánicos program ended, a collaboration between the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change of Canada and the Ministry of the Environment of Chile, which sought to reduce the emission of Greenhouse Gases (GHG) from the waste sector, specifically, of the organic fraction.

Organic waste corresponds to 58% of household waste and generally ends up in landfills where, when it decomposes in the absence of oxygen, it generates methane gas, a highly polluting GHG, which in fact is 28 times more harmful than CO2.

And it is that, within the framework of the National Organic Waste Strategy (ENRO), launched by the Ministry of the Environment in 2021 and which seeks to recycle 66% of the waste of this nature generated at the municipal level by 2040, today More than ever, it is a responsibility to “start at home”, especially if we consider that of that 58% of organic waste generated in homes, only 1% is recycled.

We must bear in mind that organic waste is the only one that we can recycle ourselves in our homes, through composting or vermicomposting, practices that convert organic matter into compost or humus, excellent natural fertilizers.

One of the great achievements of Reciclo Orgánicos was to position the issue of organic waste at the citizen level and to provide educational tools so that more people began to recycle this waste in their homes. During the time that we worked leading the Communications and Community Area of ​​Organic Recycling, as Arcadis Chile, we published abundant information and content related to the management of organic waste and climate change.

In addition, on the reciclorganicos page and on the YouTube channel (@reciclorganicos) we share different educational materials, such as the Home Composting Guide, videos and tutorials, infographics, games and interactive graphics so that the whole family can learn about climate change and the value of combating it through the management of organic waste at home. Despite the closure of the program, this material is available and available to the publicand constitute a robust source of knowledge to start learning about these topics.

Magdalena Márquez is in charge of Circular Economy at Arcadis Chile and Communications and Community Leader of the Organic Recycling Program

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