Group to Tackle Trash From Costa Rica’s Rivers

September 17, 2010

With the help of 400 volunteers, the Costa Rican nongovernmental recycling organization Terra Nostra will collect solid waste items from waterways and their environs across the country this weekend in order to contribute to an international index on solid waste.

The effort is part of Terra Nostra’s 2010 International Cleanup Campaign, established within the framework of the Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup program.

During the cleanups, teams will separate, classify and weigh the solid waste they recover. The results will be presented to the Ocean Conservancy, an international marine conservation group, which will use the information to create a worldwide index that quantifies the amount of solid waste that reaches the ocean via rivers and canals.

According to Terra Nostra, this data about the origin of the solid waste will serve as a critical tool to help establish recommendations and policies to eliminate ocean pollution by solid waste worldwide.

The cleanups will begin at 8 a.m. on Saturday and will take place in the center of the Atlantic port city of Limón, Ciudad Quesada in north-central Costa Rica, Playa Hermosa on the northern Pacific coast and Santa Teresa and Cóbano on the Nicoya Peninsula.

On Sunday, volunteers will pick up trash and recyclable items in Liberia, capital of the northwestern province of Guanacaste.

Terra Nostra will visit 50 sites across the country throughout September as part of the same initiative. For more on the cleanups, or to get involved with Terra Nostra, visit its website at http://www.terranostra-cr.org/.

Facebook Comments

You may be interested

Silvia Baltodano: passion for Costa Rica`s musical theater
Weekend Arts Spotlight
760 views
Weekend Arts Spotlight
760 views

Silvia Baltodano: passion for Costa Rica`s musical theater

Iva Alvarado - October 21, 2018

The curiosity to meet artists at their workspace led me to Silvia Baltodano; an actress, singer, dancer, teacher, activist and…

The future of tropical forests restoration is community led
Environment & Wildlife
1414 views
Environment & Wildlife
1414 views

The future of tropical forests restoration is community led

Fabíola Ortiz - October 21, 2018

The future of restoring tropical forests should not be exclusively in the hands of governments, argues Rebecca Cole, director of…

Five dead in Costa Rica rafting accident
Costa Rica
6799 views
Costa Rica
6799 views

Five dead in Costa Rica rafting accident

AFP - October 21, 2018

Four U.S. tourists and a fifth Costa Rican were killed after a river rafting accident on Saturday, the Red Cross…