Apr 122012

Mexico City has been a topic of discussion in quite a few on my blog posts lately and yet again they are in the news pushing forth another great initiative.

“No tires lo que aun vale, mejor cambialo.” – Mercado de Trueque, 2012

Known for being one of the  most busiest cities, Mexico City boasts great architecture, commerce and culture. We can now add Eco-friendly to this list. In an effort to promote the recycling of products and materials, a government-led barter service, called Mercado de Trueque has been initiated allowing residents to exchange recyclable products such as glass,  paper/cardboard, aluminum beverage cans, PET (polyethylene terephthalate) bottles and tetrapak cartons, in exchange for fresh produce.

How does it work?

1. Residents visit the location of the trade market, which is centrally located in Chapultepec Park.

2. The market runs every sunday until end of the year.

3. Residents bring their applicable recyclable products.

4. In return for their recyclables they get ‘green points’ which can be used to purchase local farmers’ goods at the market.

5. Market customers can exchange up to ten kilograms of waste and must separate and clean their recyclables.

The initiative is led by the Secretaría del Medio Ambiente (Ministry of Environment), and aims to promote awareness of how waste products can go beyond their value of initial use. The goods on sale are purchased with money received from the waste management companies receiving the recyclable goods.

Who does this benefit?

  • Farmers
  • Waste management companies
  • Residents in the exchange
  • The City – reducing the number of waste by promoting recycling

Great idea if you ask me!

For more information visit: http://www.sma.df.gob.mx/sma/index.php?opcion=27&id=593

Source: http://www.springwise.com/government/mexico-scheme-exchanges-rubbish-fresh-produce/

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