CONSUMPTION AND WASTE
How can we reduce emissions by what we buy and what we do with our waste?
Are you aware of the carbon footprint of what you buy?
- • Be part of a circular economy.
- • Reduce. Less consumption means fewer greenhouse gas emissions.
- • Repair and reuse rather than buying new.
- • Use products made with recycled materials.
- • Support circular economies by recuperating energy, materials and water from your waste.
- • Avoid eating animal products.
- • Buy locally.
- • Build with wood to fix carbon.
- • Avoid building with cement. More than 5% of Costa Rica's emissions come from cement production.
- • When you do use cement, use a mix with less Portland cement.
9% of Monteverde's emissions come from solid waste, especially organic waste.
- • Separate your waste: organic, recyclables, non-recyclables.
- • Make compost with your organic waste.
- • Recycle paper, cardboard, metal, glass, plastic, tetrabrik, fluorescent lightbulbs.
- • Create less waste. Avoid disposable products.
- • Support the Monteverde Commission for Integrated Waste Management (COMIRES).
4% of Monteverde's emissions comes from refrigerants.
- • When you need to repair your refrigerator, freezer, air conditioner, or dehumidifier, be sure that the gas leaks are fixed before it is refilled.
- • Do not send your used refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners, and dehumidifiers to the landfill.
- • COMIRES is developing a plan for disposing of refrigerants in a responsible way. Stay tuned for details.
4% of Monteverde's waste comes from septic systems.
- • Reuse gray water to irrigate your garden.
- • Treat waste water in an artificial wetland.
- • Install a dry composting toilet.
- • Install a bio-digester.
- • Support the Monteverde Special Commission for Waste Water Management in their effort to develop a Waste Water Treatment Plant. (CEGIREH)