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Garbage for building blocks, Santo Domingo

Santo Domingo.- The process of using solid waste as a raw material for industry, employment creation and for protecting the environment is now a reality in the country, where building blocks, manhole covers and walls are made of paper and disposable bottles. Using office waste paper and old newspaper, with a small proportion of cement and sand, community organizations from the north of the National District have started producing building blocks that despite weighing just seven pounds each, are as sturdy as their conventional counterparts.

Members of the Community Foundation for Environmental Cleanup in Los Guandules, La Ciénaga, Guachupita and 27 de Febrero (Fucosagucigua27), are in the process of making the first 20,000 blocks that they describe as ‘ecological’ and with which they plan to revolutionize the construction industry over the next few months.

They told reporters that as well as using paper for blocks, they are also using plastic bottles for building homes in vulnerable areas, with walls that are resistant to fire, earthquakes and other natural phenomena. Group leader Geovanny Guzmán says that paper collection in itself is not profitable so they have sought new ways of using it as a raw material, as well as contributing to the environment.

Source: Dominican Today

Category: DR News |

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