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.

Solid waste

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.

Waste water

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)