Meet us at the coast

You may have heard about the “Law of Mother Earth’s Rights,” which was added to Bolivia’s constitution this year. It gives nature, all types of ecosystems included, the same rights as people. Not only is it controversial for the economic and cultural consequences of how it may be interpreted, but also because it hastens us to ask profound questions about how we react to the very concept. Bolivia’s Foreign Minister, David Choquehuanca, told attendants at this year’s International Day of Mother Earth that, In Bolivia we seek a return to balance, a harmonious life not only between individuals but between man and nature, so today must be a day of reflection of awareness of all to care for our Mother Earth and take timely means for our mother back to its natural balance.

The final application of the law has yet to be determined. Will it mean that human beings will have to become vegan, or that mining will be outlawed? No one knows yet, although a company like ours certainly hopes it incentivizes the country to adopt recycling laws, or at the very least, non-dumping laws.

If these demands are perceived as too drastic, then it may be at least possible to take small steps.

For example, on Saturday, September 17th of this year, Recology Sunset Scavenger and Recology Golden Gate gathered together 50 volunteers to collect what totaled 6,840 pounds of debris during the annual Coastal Cleanup Day. Recology partnered with the Knights of Columbus, and Year Up to remove debris from a stretch of San Francisco’s city’s shoreline in the Bayview district. The debris ranged from microwave ovens to shopping carts, to truck tires and pretty much everything in between.

The collected debris was taken to our sort line for sorting and recycling when it was possible, and invasive plants were composted. We are proud to say that the clean up was a 100% zero waste event.



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