Clean-up Campaign! Do you realize how much waste Cusco produces?
Inkayni Peru tours had another axis on its Annual plan. It was an environmental clean-up project which consisted on the selection of solid waste generated in the area of Pisac, province of Calca in the region of Cusco. Inkayni Peru tours staff together with Tourism university students of UNSAAC volunteered to participate on this clean-up campaign.
According to the National Geographic, Mass Production of plastics, which began just six decades ago, has accelerated so rapidly that it has created 8.3 billion metric tons—most of it in disposable products that end up as trash. If that seems like an incomprehensible quantity, it is. Even the scientists who set out to conduct the world’s first tally of how much plastic has been produced, discarded, burned or put in landfills, were horrified by the sheer size of the numbers.
Of the 8.3 billion metric tons that has been produced, 6.3 billion metric tons has become plastic waste. Of that, only nine percent has been recycled. The vast majority—79 percent—is accumulating in landfills or sloughing off in the natural environment as litter. Meaning: at some point, much of it ends up in the oceans, the final sink.
Garbage production in Peru
Every day on average, more than 18 thousand tons of waste are generated in Peru.
In Peru, more than seven and a half million tons of solid waste are generated each year, of which 64% comes from households, according to data from the Ministry of Environment. Over time this rate has increased exponentially. Moreover, if the forecasts of the World Bank are fulfilled, it is estimated that by 2025 up to 36,000 tons of garbage will be generated per day, thus making it necessary to propose immediate solutions such as recycling.
nwhile Cusco, which is one of the most visited and admired city in the world because of its history, culture and tradition, has registered a high rate on environmental pollution.
A clear example of the bad habits people in Cusco have was reflected on the pilgrimage to Señor de Huanca in the town of San Salvador. On this occasion, people generated 26 tons of waste; waste that the people from the area had to collect, participating in a clean up campaign.
As a way to promote a healthy habit and help our planet, Inkayni Peru tours and more than 30 university students volunteered to participate on a clean-up campaign in the Kinsa Cocha Lagoon surroundings. This area is located in the district of Pisac, province of Calca in the region of Cusco.
On this clean-up campaign we collected 20 sacs of garbage, each sac of 5 kg approximately. We were happy to realize we fulfilled all the goals we set, among them we have:
- Promoting good habits to collaborate with the preservation and improvement of the environment.
- To create awareness about the importance of the well preservation of the lagoon with the selection of solid waste.
- Reinforcing information about all the resources locals have at their disposal.
- The order of priority of actions to be taken to reduce the amount of waste generated, and to improve overall waste management processes. This is called the waste hierarchy which consists of 3 R’s.
Which are the “three R’s” of Waste Management that you should know?
Reduce: It means using fewer resources in the first place. This is the most effective of the three Rs and the place to begin. It is also the hardest because it requires letting go of some notions like the bigger the better. But you don’t need to let go completely or all at once. “Reduce” is a comparative word. It says: cut back from where you are now.
Reuse: Before you recycle or dispose of anything, consider whether it has life left in it. A jam jar can store leftovers. A magazine can be shared. DVDs can be traded. Our computer can be upgraded. A car can be resold. A cell phone can be donated. Reusing keeps new resources from being used for a while longer, and old resources from entering the waste stream.
Recycle: To recycle something means that it will be transformed again into a raw material that can be shaped into a new item. There are very few materials on the earth that cannot be recycled.
One need to learn as to what products can be recycled and what not. By carefully choosing the products that can be recycled, can be a first step towards efficient recycling.
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In Inkayni Peru Tours, we show our appreciation to the local culture and promote the Inca traditions, lifestyle, and heritage letting all our clients and staff be involved in a world that happened many years ago but still lives in everything you touch and see.