Estimates from the Health Ministry state that people throw nearly 300 tons of garbage in Costa Rica’s streets, sewers, vacant properties and rivers every day.
Turrialba Volcano keeps pumping ash into the Central Valley with southwest winds carrying the continued emissions to Costa Rica’s capital.
On Friday morning, strong gusts of wind carried ash from Turrialba Volcano to various communities in the provinces of Cartago, San José and Heredia.
The Tico Times takes a look back at some of the natural disasters that hit Costa Rica and made headlines over the course of 2016.
Although killing the bull is not allowed in Costa Rica-style bullfights, animal rights advocates claim bulls are subjected to cruel abuse.
Municipalities will grind trees up and turn them into mulch to reuse them in public parks, gardens and as organic fertilizer for public areas.
Winds of up to 80 kilometers per hour (50 mph) are expected throughout the country, but mostly in the Central Valley and Guanacaste.
The deadline for Costa Rica and Nicaragua to reach an agreement on the payment of compensation over environmental damage ruled by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) ended Friday without any signs of a settlement.
Power generation using fossil fuels represents only 1.88 percent of Costa Rica’s 2016 total, the Costa Rican Electricity Institute reported.