Dominican Republic: The battle against trash

The Dominican Republic has a major trash problem. Its garbage disposal system is chaotic and outdated. Waste separation is practically nonexistent and nearly all of the country's trash ends up in one of about 350 landfills. In poorer regions, it doesn't even make it that far and ends up clogging streets, rivers and beaches.

But change may be coming. In the small town of San Cristobal, German international development agency GIZ is working with businesses, local authorities and universities to establish a modern circular economy.

Residents are cleaning up their neighborhoods and recycling. In school, children are learning to compost organic waste. In the meantime, the city of Santiago has gotten a trash sorting facility, which has brought the garbage management of the region up to modern standards and can serve as a model for the entire country.

A film by Christopher Springate



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