American students work in recycling project in Costa Rica PDF Print E-mail
Written by Patrick Cornwell   
Saturday, 05 May 2012

In order to help solve a problem of waste management in the tourist area of Nosara, Guanacaste, several students of the New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) worked for hours to design a recycling center with solutions to the problems this Costa Rican community faces.

When visitors ask for the best travel deals to costa rica, they have no idea they go to Nosara, one of the most beautiful places in Guanacaste,

Students of the "SLAB" selected as the winning proposal will help build the idea this year in the country. However, all this becomes a reality if they can raise the money; young people are seeking for help through a campaign of raising money to ensure the success of the proposal.

The idea of creating a recycling center was born after seeing the waste management problem that is facing the country, and even more when you know Costa Rica is sailing hard for environmental sustainability.

Near Nosara, there are cheap hotels in costa rica that could host you in case you want to give these students a hand.

The main problem is American students found that approximately 60% of 2 400 tonnes of waste produced every day, are deposited in open dumps without any regulation; this causes the dumps are overflowing garbage and cause damage to habitats and waterways.

Architecture students are led by Tobias Holler, Architecture teacher, who motivates every day to work on the project.

The slogan is to create a recycling center where the community and nearby schools be responsible for leading the project to reduce waste and good handling.

According to Holler, the building will be inspired by local strategies for tropical passive design.

"This is a long narrow outdoor volume, to encourage natural ventilation. The center has three areas (a sorting plant, an open lobby and support spaces) under one common roof and be constructed from locally sourced timber and recycled materials", Holler said.

The tours in costa rica never allows visitors to see this garbage problem, but there is a reality in the country; however, the most important part is that people are doing something to fix it.

Students work to make the project a reality and that the initiative has the support of neighbors, a local architectural firm and even the land for the construction and of course the great collaboration of college students.

If you want more information you can visit the project website, and if you want to help economically can do by visiting

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